5G: Progress or Peril? [S3, E7]
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Fifth Generation (5G) technology's speed and reliability promise to revolutionize the world’s economy and communications. But, perhaps also upend its politics. Low-cost data and boosted mobility will connect people on a mass scale. Industries, schools, militaries and hospitals will have newfound access to artificial intelligence, robotics, streamlined supply chains, and automation. Looming large over 5G are also its pitfalls: security risks, privacy concerns, alleged health threats, and a hefty price tag. Tom Wheeler, former head of the Federal Communications Commission, joins Altamar to break down the technology’s opportunities and challenges to the global balance of power. Wheeler has been involved with telecommunications networks and policies in the public and private sector for over four decades, including the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity. 



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