Tech Rant: Will 6G Destroy Human Society?

– President Trump tweetedthat America needs to be first in 6G.Obviously, he had no idea
what he was talking about,but he was right.– You’ve been hearing a lot about 5G;5G is coming, 5G is now,
5G is big, 5G is scary,5G is going to change everything.But I’m here to tell you about 6G.5G is the wireless
technology of the 2020s.And for the next 10 years,this is what’s going to be all around us.But 6G is the technology of the 2030s,and people are starting
to think about it now.Because these technology cycleshave 10-year development cycles.3G basically started in
2000, 4G started in 2010,5G is starting roughly now.6G is basically calendered for 2030,which means they need to start
coming up with the ideas now.And the ideas for 6G are
really, really crazy.This is some amazing science fiction stuffthat we need to think about,
we need to get a handle on,we need to discuss in
depth before it happens.All of us as a society,not just four big cell phone carrierstalking about what they want for us.All of us need to be involved
in this idea process.Academics are starting to get on it.I’ve seen a paper from
professors from Virginia Tech,the University of Oulu
in Finland, Beijing,coming together for ideas for 6G.There’s a bigger conference
coming to northern Finlandwhere a lot of who’s whoin the extremely technical
areas of the wireless industryare going to start coming
up with ideas and wishlists.And the reason I keep
mentioning Finland by the wayis that Oulu, the city in northern Finlandwhich I’ve been to, which is amazing,is kind of a center of this futurenetwork technology development.So Finland might come up again.Finland’s cool.So what is 6G compared to 5G?5G means smaller cells,
higher frequencies,more bandwidth, lower latency,uses like augmented
reality, virtual reality,that sort of stuff.6G is some crazy, science fiction,transhumanist Skynet stuff,because it is things that
aren’t possible with 5G,that aren’t even possible
with technologiesthat we know how to do yet.Okay, so here’s some ideas;multisensory XR applications.What is this? This is “Ready Player One.”This is those virtual reality suitswith the helmets that cover your headwith the full body haptics that give youfive sense VR.Okay, so why can you not
have five sense VR with 5G?Why do you need 6G to have
the touching, and the smelling,and the tasting, and the feeling,and the running on the treadmill,and you’re in the virtual
space and it’s allanother reality, and what does that meanas our world crumbles
around us and we’re all inlittle trailers because we’ve
let the environment collapsebecause we’re all living
in the virtual world nowand that is 6G?Why do you need 6G for this?Because 6G is going to
have even lower latencyand it’s going to have
something potentially calledthe quality of physical
experience measurement,which is tuned to being able to give youthese multisensory inputs at a very low,once again, latency at
a very high responsivityto fool your entire bodyinto thinking it’s in a different place.That could be possible with 6G.Okay, another freaky thing
that they’re talking about,wireless brain to computer interfaces.We have seen this in science fiction.This is brain implants.This is brain implants
that control computersor that receive input from computers.The ethical implications of this arepotentially terrifying.Okay, I’m a little terrified.Where are you getting this input from?What are your firewalls?Can you be hacked?At its most benign, this meansnew prosthetics,
exoskeletons, virtual bodies,remote androids being
operated at a distancein dangerous locations,amputees having limbs that
feel completely normal.This will allow individuals
to control their environmentsthrough gestures and have empathicand haptic communications,
such as emotion-driven deviceswhich can match their
functions to the user’s mood.Are they going to manipulate our emotionsor are our emotions
going to manipulate them?Who’s in control here?Okay, so let’s talk about
another 6G idea here.Not just autonomous cars;fleets,swarms,of massively autonomous
vehicles and drones.Tiny, bug-sized drones that form clouds.Clouds of drone cameras everywhereself-organized through 6G.Complete and total surveillance.Who controls this surveillance?This is something we need to discuss.Smart surfaces and network
smart environments.In the 6G world,you might have this, but it
won’t be that important.Everything will be smart.The furniture will be smart.The displays will be on the furniture.The displays will be
printed on the furniture.The display will be printed on my arm.The display will be printed on my glasses.I mean, the display might
be embedded in my brainand might be printed on my retina.At the very least, you’re going to havescreens in an everywhere waythat you will not have with 5G.How about 3D video?You finally get the Princess Leia thing.– Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi.You’re my only hope.– We’ve been wanting
the Princess Leia thingsince 1977, right?You want Princess Leia,
that’s 6G, apparently.I have a note here that
just says “blockchain.”I guess blockchain.If I say it three times,
does it make me money?Let’s talk about how
they’re going to do this.Terahertz wireless frequencies.So, terahertz wireless frequencies areincredibly short-ranged networks.Higher frequency than anything that existsin the world right now because
our current semiconductorscannot even vibrate or
receive those frequencies.But because semiconductors
can’t support terahertz,terahertz frequencies are entirely free.They’re entirely available.So, there’s massive amounts of bandwidth,which allows you to transmit
massive amounts of data.But you can transmit it
very short distances.So, the 6G networks with be
able to slide very smoothlyup and down frequencies depending
on the distance they need,but they will also be
essentially mesh networks.Mesh instead of cellular.Cellular networks are
somewhat centralized.They rely on cell sites, right?On 2G and 3G, we had these giant towers.With 4G, we kind of have these thingsthat look like backpacks
on poles in the cities.With 5G, the backpacks
have gotten smaller.They’re kind of about the
size of paperback books.With 6G,one of the ideas is that every devicebroadcasts its network or
some elementive networkingto every other device around it,and that the network becomes
a series of tiny little hops,maybe only a couple of feet each,until they get to their
destination or they get toaccess to a big, fat pipe.And now if you say, “Oh,
hey, mesh networking doesn’t work“because I’m the only person in my room,“in this room right now with a phone,”remember: in the 6G worldevery surface might be networked.So, my phone hops to my clothing,hops to the window, hops to the floor,hops to six other phones in the room.This also means billing and
pricing of these networksis going to be very, very
different, potentially disruptive,potentially disruptive entrance.New companies, new ideas, new modelscoming in to sell you this data.I have no idea what
it’s going to look like.We’re talking about 2030.If I knew what 2030
was going to look like,I would not be on this YouTube video.I would be out making my business plan,making the money for 2030.Cellular networks are basically
designed for flat planes.They’re designed for a
cell that is above youto broadcast down to people on the streetor onto relatively flat
planes and buildings.In the 6G world though, we’re
going to have mesh networkswhere everybody is
essentially a cube of network.And how do you stack these networks,how do you stack these cubes?3D, in space.Why do I keep thinking flying cars?I think we just want flying cars, right?It’s really, really goodthat we’re starting to think about 6G now,and we have to avoid thinking
about it hysterically.I mean, we have to think
about it intelligently.There is a lot of
hysterical nonsense going onon YouTube right now about 5G.YouTube is flooded with
hysterical, false nonsenseabout 5G frying our brains
or being the Illuminati.Orrays,everybody’s scared of the rays!Oh no!The rays!They’re coming to fry your brain!As you can tell, my brain is already friedand we haven’t even turned 5G on.The real questions here aren’t rays.The questions are the ethical
and political implicationsof who controls these networks,what do they know about you,what can they do with that information.If we’re going to 6G, if we’re going toself-organizing AIs and wireless implants,what does that mean for society?What does that mean for being human?What does that mean for privacy?What does that mean for autonomy?What does that mean for sentience?What is sentience in an entirely networkedpsychological topography?Are we going to need the
Three Laws of Robotics here?How will 6G help the Chinese governmentcontrol its population?Is that something that we
need to be concerned about?Do we need to be concernedabout how governments will
use 6G to further their ends?This is much, much more
important than the “Oh, no.“I’m allergic to the wifi.”You’re not allergic to the wifi.You’re not allergic to the wifi.But if we do not come
together as a societyand think about 6G,and think about even 5G,
and think about our politics,and think about our corporate structures,and think about what it means to be human,and think what it does
to our attention spans,and what it means that I’m
staring this phone all the time.Not because of the rays,but because I’m staring at
this phone all the time.That’s where we’ll crumble.So, 6G,it’s going to be crazy,
it’s going to be wild.We have 10 years.We know hardly anything about it yet.It’s going to be science fiction.Stay tuned.

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