February 17, 2020

    Will 5G and Society 5.0 Mark a New Era in Human Evolution?

    In their outstanding book, Wicked and Wise, Alan Watkins and Ken Wilber look at some of the most pressing ‘wicked…
    April 19, 2022

    Introducing Society 5.0

    Self-help authors and politicians seem to agree on at least one thing: mindset matters. The shelves of bookstores worldwide are…
    September 27, 2020

    Cybersecurity and Safety in the 5G-Enabled Smart-Everything World

    Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. Without the antenna implanted in his skull, he would not be able to see…
    May 17, 2021

    Securing Society 5.0 – Overcoming the hidden threats in society’s greatest evolutionary leap

    A term first coined by the Japanese government, “Society 5.0” describes “A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the…
    • Society 5.0Introducing Society 5.0

      Introducing Society 5.0

      Self-help authors and politicians seem to agree on at least one thing: mindset matters. The shelves of bookstores worldwide are awash with motivational books by evangelical writers hoping to convert readers to their gospel of optimism. The central thesis is simple: success depends on approaching life, especially its challenges, with a positive outlook. Politicians and leaders have always appreciated the power of mindset, though less of the positive kind, as attested to by a history…

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    • Society 5.0Securing Society 5.0 Introduction

      Securing Society 5.0 – Overcoming the hidden threats in society’s greatest evolutionary leap

      A term first coined by the Japanese government, “Society 5.0” describes “A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space.” The fifth evolution of the society, enabled by the fifth generation of cellular networking and cyber-physical systems, imagines technology, things and humans converging to address some of the biggest societal challenges. The concept encompasses Industry 4.0, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Smart-Everything World…

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    • Cyber-Kinetic Security5G Cybersecurity Safety

      Cybersecurity and Safety in the 5G-Enabled Smart-Everything World

      Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. Without the antenna implanted in his skull, he would not be able to see colour of any kind. Born with achromatopsia, a condition of total colourblindness that affects 1 in every 30 000 people, Harbisson’s physical faculties are augmented by cyber technology to grant him access to a life of greater meaning and satisfaction. As technological evolution leads to concomitant advances in medical science, we are seeing more and…

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    • Smart CitiesSmart Home Wireless Connectivity

      Smart Home / Smart Building Connectivity Options and Their Cybersecurity

      In a recent session on smart building cybersecurity, a student cheekily asked me “How did we ever connect anything before 5G?” At that moment I realized I might have been overdoing my 5G cheerleading recently. To atone, here are the key performance and cybersecurity attributes of the most commonly used connectivity technologies in smart home / smart building use cases… And 5G. If you thought that the “traditional” home life is under heavy attack from…

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    • Society 5.05G COVID-19

      What COVID-19 Taught Us About the Need for 5G

      There are many adjectives that could be used to describe the global outbreak of COVID-19, but perhaps the simplest might be: fast. The disease has spread quicker than most people can mentally digest. By nature, humans process linearly. This pandemic has been a lesson in exponential thinking for the common man. Those who don’t spend their time contemplating Moore’s Law or compound interest have felt overwhelmed by infection or mortality rates that double daily. In…

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    • Society 5.0Society 5.0 and 5G

      Will 5G and Society 5.0 Mark a New Era in Human Evolution?

      In their outstanding book, Wicked and Wise, Alan Watkins and Ken Wilber look at some of the most pressing ‘wicked problems’ facing the human race. ‘Wicked problems,’ they suggest, are difficult to define, but they are essentially unsolvable in the usual scientific sense. The authors go on: wicked problems, such as climate change, are multi-dimensional, have multiple causes, multiple stakeholders, multiple symptoms and multiple solutions. They are by definition complex and difficult to process. Crucially,…

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    • Society 5.05G Opportunity and Cybersecurity

      Opportunity and Cybersecurity in the Age of 5G

      The human will to innovate is seemingly relentless. The history of our species is one of continual development, with the last 350 years, in particular, representing staggering technological progress. The first industrial revolution mechanized production using natural elements like water. The second revolution used electricity to enable mass production; the third used electronics and information technology to automate production. The fourth industrial revolution unfolding all around us is characterized by an exponential growth in data…

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    • 5G & Massive IoT BusinessCanada Innovation Zones AI 5G

      5G Innovation Zones in Canada for Launching AI and 5G in Tandem

      In my previous post I argued that if Canada wants to succeed with its AI-focused innovation agenda, it should also be at the forefront of 5G innovation and development. Canada could get ahead in the global 5G race not by being the first to 5G, but by being the first to roll out 5G in the right way – addressing cybersecurity, linking development of AI and 5G, addressing regulatory and policy prerequisites, etc. Canada could…

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    • 5G & Massive IoT BusinessCanada 5G AI

      5G and AI – Getting Smart About 5G and AI in Canada

      Canada has been investing in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for longer than most of the industrialized world. Dr. Geoff Hinton of Google helped ignite the field of graphics processing unit (GPU) deep learning at the University of Toronto. Then he became chief scientific advisor to the Vector Institute, which in collaboration with the University, aims to produce the largest number of deep learning AI graduates and innovators globally. Meanwhile, Montreal, Quebec prides itself…

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    • Cyber-Kinetic SecuritySmart City 5G Privacy

      Cyber-Kinetic Security and Privacy Threats in Smart Cities

      More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN estimates that by 2050 that proportion will be 68% – more than 6 billion people living in high-density conditions. This raises significant challenges. What is the best way to ensure that human needs are met in a fair and equitable way? How will we face challenges like resource strain, waste and pollution management, traffic congestion and connectivity? In response to these wicked problems,…

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