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The Futurithmic Podcast

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A Nokia original podcast. Join Michael Hainsworth as he explores the implications of emerging technologies on society, business, politics and the environment of tomorrow.
33 Episodes
Hacker and Varonis’ Field CTO Brian Vecci spent his life breaking into computers. With the roll-out of 5G, the number of break-in opportunities is set to soar. And if you think the biggest security risk is the Post-It Note password, you’d be wrong.   Privacy challenges and security solutions for 5G networks:  With flexibility comes complexity:
COVID-19 is accelerating the adoption of technologies that would otherwise have taken years to go mainstream. But how are companies evolving in this “low touch” future? Nick De Mey, who sits on the Board of Innovation, says it takes more than just a QR Code or an app to succeed under the “new normal.”    Adoption of immersive technologies is speeding up, thanks to COVID-19:  Will this pandemic be the catalyst for a hands-free technology revolution?:
Business as usual will have to take a back seat for some time. But how does the move to remote working and 5G present an opportunity for the telecommunications industry?  EY’s Global Leader for Technology, Media, and Telecommunications, Greg Cudahy, tells Michael Hainsworth the future isn’t predictable, but it will be brighter.
COVID-19 has put mobile and broadband providers under tremendous pressure. Telcos have seen their annual bandwidth demand forecasts reached within the first month of lockdown. But to Florian Groene, a partner at PWC in New York, and business strategist Hans Geerdes from Nokia Software HQ in San Jose, the new normal offers opportunities for telecom providers to reinvent their relationships with their customers.   Here’s what businesses actually want from CSPs and 5G:  Will this pandemic be the catalyst for a hands-free technology revolution?
As COVID-19 turned a local epidemic into a pandemic, the spotlight was trained on an industry known as a “dumb pipe”. But the global telecommunications industry proved quite smart thanks to its evolution towards 5G.  Nokia President & CEO Rajeev Suri says the lessons learned from the continued roll-out of the next generation wireless technology under the coronavirus will help prevent future global pandemics from turning into global recessions.   Adoption of immersive technologies is speeding up thanks to COVID-19:  COVID-19 is changing communications forever:
We’re turning to video games for both work meetings and staying in touch with family and friends, but after COVID-19, will any of it stick?  Nokia’s trend scouter, Leslie Shannon explains why she thinks the unexpected ways we’re using technology under quarantine signals a substantial shift in society.   Is this the last year in which reality is only physical?  What innovations will emerge post-pandemic?
Why is one of the world’s top gaming peripheral companies turning to the edge cloud for its future? President Jason Schwartz believes cloud gaming will bring console games to areas of the world it has never been, but with adoption as the metric for streaming success, the spotlight is on 5G to help make that happen.   5G and edge cloud will transform the world of gaming:  Quarantine doesn't mean isolation for gamers: 
You’re not the only one working from home. The roll-out of the next big thing in wireless isn’t being stalled by COVID-19.  Mirjana Scheele is a former cell tower climber and the current VP of Deploy Services at Nokia, where network technologies first designed to cut costs and save the environment are now being leveraged to save ourselves, by enabling more remote work and maintenance.   Rethink networks, reinvent deployment:
Testing is the domain of doctors, but tracing COVID-19 is falling on telecom and software companies as they race to develop systems for monitoring the quarantine. But at what cost? Internet rights advocate and CIGI fellow Michael Geist tells Futurithmic we are at risk of opening a Pandora’s box in an effort to protect our health, but that there are solutions.    China's social credit system raises questions, concerns and potential:  Mobile data is a powerful weapon in tracking and preventing pandemics:
Even before COVID-19 drove up a year’s worth of bandwidth demand growth in less than a month, network operators have seen a 50% annual increase in demand. 5G is expected to tax capacity even more. Nokia fiber optics wizard Steve Vogelsang discusses the challenges — and the solutions as telecom companies prepare for the future of wireless.   A 5G wireless future begins with fiber  COVID-19: The network must go on
If 80% of wireless infrastructure is aimed at the roads, how are our mobile networks handling the COVID-19 crush of traffic at home? Enter the Wizards of Network Optimization, who don’t have to climb a pole to ensure your episode of Tiger King streams flawlessly on Netflix.  Host Michael Hainsworth speaks to Nokia’s Amit Mehrotra about the lessons he learned on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis as it was growing.   COVID-19 Dashboard:
COVID-19 has created a massive spike in global internet traffic. Telecoms which prepared for a 50% increase year over year are seeing that growth in just the last month. How will this critical infrastructure cope? Nokia’s Rafael De Fermín has answers.
Your phone company consistently ranks at the bottom of consumer satisfaction lists. But how do you satisfy Gen-Z in the 5G era? The CEO of JUV Consulting @ziadtheactivist has a unique understanding of this environmentally aware demographic born and raised in the age of the smartphone because he’s part of it.   Effectively marketing to Gen Z will take more than a flashy ad on Instagram:  Why marketing 5G to consumers is a hard sell:
The future of online gaming is 5G, and a high-profile stumble by competitor Google doesn’t concern the company behind Angry Birds. Rovio’s Hatch Entertainment thinks it’s got the secret to success, and VP Nick Thomas says telecom companies will be looking to developers to leverage the technology.   5G and edge cloud will transform the world of gaming: Cloud gaming: From 4G to 5G:
Who are we without our technology? Chanté Thurmond of The Darkest Horse discusses how we can raise our consciousness and use technology for radical inclusion in an age of individualism fueled by smartphones, social media, and the sense of self.   IoT: Your family’s new love language  Preparing our kids for a tech-focused future
Autonomous vehicles and AR tend to steal the spotlight, but 5G’s game-changer is for the factory floor. Veteran Nokia Bell Labs director Marina Thottan discusses how network slicing is a key driver for Industry 4.0. Network slicing is a game-changer for operators deploying 5G: 5G and edge cloud will transform the world of gaming:
There’s been a shift towards recognizing bricks and mortar retailers can’t compete with e-commerce giants, so they shouldn’t try, and that’s led to a focus on customer experience. For some retailers, the solution is technological. But no matter how much technology we throw at the future of retail, author and futurist Blake Morgan warns that companies that aren’t thoughtful about that customer experience will fail. 5G will usher in a new era of shopping for both consumers and retailers:  The Future of Shopping in the Age of AI:
One of the biggest technological leaps is expected to come into its own in 2020. 5G wireless saw early adopter nations roll-out the high-speed cellular service in 2019 and they offer a glimpse of what’s to come. Industry analyst Stefan Pongratz gazes into his crystal ball on adoption and consumption rates, what the roadblocks are to mass deployment, and why telecoms will see their greatest growth rates out of private networks and network slicing in Industry 4.0. Waves of Innovation with Marcus Weldon:  Looking back (and ahead) after South Korea’s first six months of 5G:
Millennials and boomers have a lot more in common than they might think. In their 20s, baby boomers were frustrated with the state of politics, the environment and society, and were demanding change. Thanks to today’s technology, millennials will succeed where the boomers did not.   How 5G will encourage people to do more online:  Fear is not enough, teach kids about digital citizenship:
Innovation comes in waves, but the head of the technology lab that brought us the transistor, the laser, and cellphones sees things differently this time. Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon says the wave that’s swelling today isn’t driven by consumers — but by industry. And the man charged with charting the future of 5G wireless says he sees five key ways the world is about to change forever.   From futuristic to fact: Sci-fi gadgets and technology that became real  The smart cities forecast
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