WeeklyTech #30

Explainer: 5G Networks, China, and Huawei

It seems that everything about our lives is tied in some way to the internet and technology. Without these tools, our economy would be stifled, our national security would be weakened, and our communication with families and friends would be hampered. The internet drives so much of our lives.

Gone are the days of 14.4 and 28.8 kbit/s dial up internet of my youth. Our modern technologies have increasingly become dependent on mobile networks with blazing speeds. As our communities become more and more connected, we will need faster networks to power our current devices and those yet to come. 

Enter 5G networks. This technology has the potential to revolutionize everything about our lives, yet most of us know little to nothing about it.

Interesting technology stories

The Robots Are Coming. Prepare for Trouble.The New York Times

Artificial intelligence won’t eliminate every retail job, an economist says, but the future could be grim unless we start planning now.

Infinite scroll: life under InstagramThe Guardian

I had reached the point of diminishing returns. I wanted to quit Twitter, but my fingers were as if possessed, typing command+ntwenter at any lull in the workday, letting autofill take care of the rest. 

I Monitor My Teens’ Electronics, and You Should TooWired

Like virtually all kids born in this century, mine are digital natives, and they were both successful at finagling their own smartphones once they hit sixth grade.

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technologyMIT Technology Review

US government use of facial recognition technology should be banned “pending further review,” according to 40 organizations that signed a letter calling for a recommendation to be made to the president. 

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan VirusWired

On January 9, the World Health Organization notified the public of a flu-like outbreak in China: a cluster of pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, possibly from vendors’ exposure to live animals at the Huanan Seafood Market.