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Michelle
Michelle
3/29/2016 2:24:03 PM
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Re: Ah, Smart Cities
@AF You've got a great point. We'll be told there's a failover plan and not to worry but that doesn't actually stop the mind from racing right into the future...

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/29/2016 8:10:51 AM
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Valid Point
There has been a lot of talk about the technological advances of ISIS, and fears of ISIS trying to hack various aspects of our society. I think this would be even more validated if smart cities started spreading across the country. Imagine the chaos if we all became dependent on a smart city to guide us to work and then suddenly it was hacked and no longer worked. I feel like it's bad enough that people don't learn how to read maps anymore because they are so reliant on GPS. I worry what would happen if suddenly GPS was no longer an option. 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
3/22/2016 10:37:34 AM
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Re: 5G speeds...
Check out the new Light Reading 5G site

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/18/2016 1:51:08 PM
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5G speeds...
> "expected 5G to deliver speeds 10 to 100 times faster than today's average 4G connections.."

I certainly hope that the data caps increase at the same kind of rate, otherwise we'll be getting into overage usage fees after a few hours of use. Yay for 4K video?

I think I'll be more excited if I'm around to see 6G wireless....

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/18/2016 1:47:30 PM
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Re: Ah, Smart Cities
I like the idea of "smart cities" -- but I'm skeptical of the security updates that would be needed to really make it work safely. The FBI just issued a warning about "car hacking" that wasn't exactly useful:

http://www.ic3.gov/media/2016/160317.aspx
  • "Where necessary, always use a trusted USB or SD card storage device when downloading and installing software to a vehicle."

If that's the kind of advice to avoid security concerns that I can expect into the foreseeable future, I'm not going to be too keen on voting for a "smart city" upgrade to my neighborhood.

 

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afwriter
afwriter
3/18/2016 12:54:56 AM
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Re: Ah, Smart Cities
@Faryl this is completely off topic, but I deal with that by stocking up on solar powered chargers from phone chargers to battery chargers, to an actual solar powered generator.  I promise I am not a crazy prepper...but I am prepared.  No Zombie appocalypse will keep me from my Bluray collection LOL!

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faryl
faryl
3/18/2016 12:46:13 AM
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Re: Ah, Smart Cities
@afwriter Good point. It's bad enough when phone networks get overwhelmed during emergencies & natural disasters. And power outtages already make me realize how many devices I've come to rely on that rely on electricity!

 

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afwriter
afwriter
3/17/2016 11:49:50 PM
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Re: Ah, Smart Cities
Just thinking about this stuff gives me goosebumps.  I am currently setting up an IoT in my home, which is both frustrating and rewarding.  While I am super excited about smart cities, my only consern is the Atlantis effect.  What happens when we put to much faith in these systems and then they stop working?

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afwriter
afwriter
3/17/2016 11:47:57 PM
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Re: AT&T 5g plan
@clrmoney Faster everything is just the exciting beging.  It will also mean better connectivity between you and your things as well as your things and your things.  I love this stuff and I am still trying to wrap my head around everything thart 5G is going to bring to us. 

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Writerfo10281
Writerfo10281
3/17/2016 8:17:26 PM
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Ah, Smart Cities
I hope the 'smart cities' catch on; what a wonderfully easy world it sounds like it would be...I love the idea of smart lights, smart meters, and on and on...

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