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At NYU Tandon summit, a new world of 5G on display

Super-fast phones! Smarter robots! Autonomous cars! What exactly the future holds is unclear, said speakers at Thursday's summit, but stronger, quicker and more connected cellular infrastructure is on its way.

When we move from 4G wireless to 5G wireless it will be like society having a “digital nervous system limited only by device physics, chemistry, materials and the speed of light.”

So, at least, says Dr. Kenneth C. Budka, a senior partner at the consulting arm of the storied Bell Labs. Budka, and others who spoke at the event Thursday envisioned a future where cell data is so fast, strong, and quick, that the equivalent of super powered WiFi will be all around us, unconstrained by routers and modems and fiber cable. That vision has a lot of impact for the kinds of technology that could thrive in such an environment.

Budka was speaking at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 4th annual Brooklyn 5G Summit. This year’s Big Question: How close are we to making this real?

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