The death of the smartphone

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"In any event, 5g is already here in a couple of cities (Minneapolis is one of them). Are we opening a bounty of new delights, or is it Pandora's Box? Time will tell. I do know this much.. Safe or unsafe, that train has left the station. Time to get the tin foil hats. I mean - really."

The era of the smartphone is coming to an end. (Pause - stunned silence). No, the Bird has not gone wacky, nor are these my words. They are the words of a technologist at one of the major cellular phone companies. And it will all be due to the 5g phenom. Yes, according to most technologists, when 5g becomes nationwide in 2020 (yes, that soon), our phones are going to be quite a bit different. In fact, so different, the term "phone" might be a misnomer.
The smartphones of today are going to be nothing more than a primer for the 5g mobile devices of tomorrow. So what is the big deal? So we can game faster? See the pics we have taken on our mobile device faster? More phone call coverage? Yes, yes, and yes. But that is not the reason for the upgrade. This is be the first true door into the age of IoT (Internet of Things). In other words, stand by to get connected - really connected.
Much has been going on behind the curtain (so to speak). Our electronics have become smaller, faster, smarter. The table has been set for a data super highway. And that is exactly what 5g will be. A super highway for connectivity. It will be lightening fast, with many on-ramps for "smart" usage. Soon, you will be able to control everything in your house, from just about anywhere in the world. But there is a risk or two.
EMF. Is that a risk? That has been the golden question now for decades. As a society, we are loaded with EMF. Power lines, WiFi, you name it. Our current smartphones have only compounded the issue. Live by a power line? They have been spewing EMF for years. Have WiFi in your home? You are bathed in EMF every day. Can EMF cause cancer? Maybe - or maybe not. The jury is still out.
But the EMF with 5g will be a whole new dimension. Smaller waves - like microwave size. Shorter "legs" on the signal, so many more boosters. Some scientists are saying this will be the beginning our our end. Other scientists are saying, "nothing to see here - move along". All I know is this - harmful or harmless, 5g is coming, and by this time next year, we will be neck deep in 5g.
The other risk is increased vulnerability. The doorway to your stuff will be open to nefarious interests. Even though security has been a key issue in the development of 5g, for every good thing, there is a bad thing. And the bad guys of the world have already set the wheels in motion on how to defeat 5g security.
In any event, 5g is already here in a couple of cities (Minneapolis is one of them). Are we opening a bounty of new delights, or is it Pandora's Box? Time will tell. I do know this much.. Safe or unsafe, that train has left the station. Time to get the tin foil hats. I mean - really.