27th conference System and Ethical Approaches
This year’s conference topic is:
5-6G Mobile networks from the perspective of different interest groups
We know from history that the introduction of each new generation of mobile networks has had a huge impact on global society, and not just technologically. The proliferation of the internet and new services, the increase in people’s mobility, the change in access to privacy or the emergence of new business and working models are examples of how third and fourth generation telecommunications networks have recently changed our lives.
Fifth generation (5G) mobile networks are networks that are primarily designed for the first time in history for robots and IoT devices as the main users, since all humans already have their mobile phones. The lay B2C public thinks it’s all about increasing data rates from nx100 Mbps to nx100Gbps again and applauds the greater convenience for streaming movies, music and other multimedia. Operators see a new source of revenue and the elimination of local ISP competition. Business customers see LAN and Wifi solutions being replaced by new 5G campus networks at lower prices.
However, in our view it is a completely different world that we are heading into without realising what we will gain and lose in it. It involves use cases where autonomous vehicles communicate and make decisions in real time without human influence, holograms supported by the Metaverse platform replace physical encounters, and the sky is littered with transmitters that propagate high-density milli- and microwaves whose impact on humanity is unknown.
Technically, terms like Connection density (device/km2), Air latency (ms-micro/s), Reliability (99.99%), User Experience Data Rate (Gbps), Peak Data Rate (Tbps), Energy Efficiency, Spectral Efficiency, Micro-Chips density sound interesting. This new world reminds us of an episode of Star Trek, or at least its authors Qualcomm, Huawei or Samsung promise us only a positive future in 5G and 6G networks.
However, the question of practical philosophy, i.e. ethics, remains: Why are we doing this? Is the impact on all interest groups the same and positive? Who will benefit? And how are we to live our private lives properly in this futuristic age?
If, like us, you are interested in the balanced insights of engineers, philosophers, sociologists, lawyers and economists, come to the SEP 2022 conference this year to hear how interest groups view the issue of 5-6G mobile networks.
On behalf of the conference preparatory team: Dr. Richard A. Novak, Dr. Tomas Sigmund and Dr. Antonin Pavlicek
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