I totally understand why ‘ridiculously fast internet’ is on this list but I have to question whether increasing the speed of our internet connections alone will actually bring the sort of improvements to the world that many people imagine that it will.
Next-generation communications, starting with 5G, are expected to be highly affordable, high bandwidth, low latency, highly reliable, and ubiquitously available. Unprecedented capabilities that will undoubtedly transform the world.
However, I do not believe that it is going to be the higher bandwidths per se that are going to transform the world, instead it is going to be the affordability, availability, latency, and reliability of these next-generation communications technologies.
For the first time in human history it will be possible to totally rely on mobile communications in all situations and from all locations. The cloud is already able to do everything but we do not yet trust our connection to it. So, we have devices that offer local data processing, and which are capable of running locally installed applications. In a world where we can totally trust our internet connectivity to never fail everything we currently do locally on our personal computing devices will move to the cloud. This will transform the world in ways that we cannot even begin to imagine. At first we will do everything that we currently do, but eventually we do so much more.