5G, smart cities, and other top tech trends for 2019

DAN PATTERSON | January 29, 2019

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CNET and CBS News Senior Producer Dan Patterson sat down with the Future Today Institute founder and quantitative futurist Amy Webb to discuss her predictions for 2019 tech trends. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Dan Patterson: So tell me about 5G, tell me about quantum, tell me about the blockchain. What are we going to expect in 2019? Amy Webb: So 5G is just the next generation of our wireless ecosystem. We're already starting to see many rollouts. We're going to see a lot of rollouts over the next year, all around the world. Now are we talking about the expectations, meeting the expectations that we've all had for 5G? Are we talking about slightly better slightly, networks that have better connectivity with greater speeds, that's going to depend on the region. Japan and China, China especially, are much further ahead than we are in the United States. Part of what's going to require that ecosystem to get built out is widespread collaboration between the wireless carriers and everybody else in that ecosystem.

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