How will 5G impact our work environment?

With the arrival of 5G, we can expect to see technology make great strides in terms of speed, capacity, and connectivity. For consumers, the network will bring about faster mobile data speeds while businesses will benefit from increased automation opportunities.

Significant research and the advancement of technology have enabled cloud computing to become much more powerful since it was first unveiled in the 2000s. In turn, consumers can live their lives with far greater efficiency. We use products and services that rely on the cloud several times a day, whether it’s putting work files on Dropbox or streaming the latest episode of your favourite series. It’s hard to imagine a world without the cloud in it. 

Yet a new technology network is set to disrupt mainstream technology and with its rollout, we can expect to see an effect on the way we work in professional environments too. Below, we’ll reveal what changes we can expect to see in the workplace as a result of 5G coming into play.

The remote workforce will grow

Innovation breakthroughs in technology have resulted in faster internet, improved video conferencing and cloud-based storage platforms that enable users to store and access shared files online. Consequently, the remote workforce has increased significantly in recent years.

With 5G and it’s increased speeds, remote working is going to become that much more accessible for business professionals. Wherever you can reach a 5G network, you can work and collaborate with colleagues in real-time – no matter if it’s in your on the road, in your living room or a park.  

Internet of things (IoT) will flourish

According to Forbes, IoT refers to the concept of “connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example, a jet engine of an aeroplane or the drill of an oil rig.” 

The growth and development of IoT are imminent as 5G becomes accessible. As predicted by DBS Group Research, it’s expected that there will be 125 billion devices linked by 2030. 

Businesses will automate more 

Artificial intelligence adoption will accelerate. 5G’s faster connectivity will make introducing AI technologies, such as machine learning frameworks, into a greater amount (and wider variety) of businesses achievable. 

So, what does artificial intelligence mean for our jobs and how will it affect our responsibilities? AI’s will be able to process massive amounts of data in real-time meaning professionals will be empowered to work smarter and more efficiently while repetitive tasks are handled by machines. While it’s likely that some job types will experience aspects of a redesign, smart machines won’t take over our jobs completely. Instead, AI’s will perform responsibilities that can be handled without human cognition, such as easy-to-automate administrative tasks.

We’ll be provided with better tools to manage stress

Consumers and workers alike will be able to track mental fatigue through enhanced, wearable medical trackers. Through 5G’s magnified connectivity and speed, trackers will tap into greater pools of data and personalise experiences for people, monitoring their physical condition as well as their emotional and mental states.

As the rollout for 5G steadily advances across the globe, it’s exciting to think where it might drive the innovation industry. What we know today is that having 200GB speeds at our fingertips is set to add significant value to remote workers, business owners and everyone in the world who enjoys Internet connectivity.

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