About

Who We Are

Bay Area Tech Future is a Verizon-led community-focused initiative working to engage the local community in a discussion about technology and how it can improve the lives of local residents for their benefit and the benefit of the community as a whole.

Our mission is to engage with citizens and community stakeholders in the Bay Area to provide information on how technology can work to have a dramatic impact on the way we work and live in our communities.

Our Mission

Bay Area Tech Future is a Verizon-led community-focused initiative that is partnering with the Bay Area to educate the public on how technology will change lives. The new networks that Verizon and other wireless carriers are building will provide state-of-the-art broadband technologies that will touch every aspect of how people will live, work, and play.

Access to state-of-the-art broadband technologies can provide all of our communities with the ability to create products that we haven’t even dreamed of. These technologies will provide people with better access to healthcare, education, jobs, economic development, social activism and entertainment. It will also improve public safety and the environment, create smart homes, smart cars and smart cities and bring innovation that will empower citizens to act as change agents so communities can be the authors of their own stories.

Please join us in this movement so that we can put the future in the hands of the people.

FAQ

The term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” was coined by Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

He wrote in his book of the same name that this coming era, what he called the fourth industrial revolution, is fundamentally different than the previous three. These were the use of water and steam power to mechanize production, the use of electric power to create mass production, and the advent of electronics and information technology to automate production. This new industrial revolution, he argues, will happen at an exponential pace and the new technologies that will be introduced will change society in unpredictable ways.

The Internet of Things refers to the rapidly expanding collection of devices that collect, transmit and share data via the internet.

Artificial intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. Most AI examples that you hear about today – from chess-playing computers to self-driving cars – rely heavily on deep learning and natural language processing. Using these technologies, computers can be trained to accomplish specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and recognizing patterns in the data. (source: https://www.sas.com/en_us/insights/analytics/what-is-artificial-intelligence.html)

Low latency means reduced delay in the delivery of data. For connected devices a quicker response means a seamless experience for the user. Many emerging technologies, like virtual reality, remote surgery, and self-driving vehicles, will depend on near-instantaneous response times.

5G is a transformational change from 4G. 5G has the potential to provide 20X faster data speeds and carry a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high density areas – like airports, stadiums or urban areas – can still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service. As Americans replace more and more household items with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also known as the Internet of Things, this network capacity will be critical. 5G will potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices per square mile.

Communities that tap into the power of 5G connectivity will be able to transform how people live, learn, work and play in countless ways, driving improvements across transit, utilities, public Wi-Fi access, emergency preparedness and beyond. From smart traffic lights that cut congestion to smart buildings that save energy, 5G will open nearly limitless opportunities for innovation.

The same way garage door openers, TVs, baby monitors and every past generation of wireless have all worked — with radiofrequency (RF) waves. 5G uses a dense network of “small cell” antennas about the size of a backpack. Designed to blend into the environment, these 5G antennas hide in plain sight on things you never notice — like utility poles and street lamps.

All equipment used for 5G must comply with federal safety standards. Those standards have wide safety margins and are designed to protect everyone, including children. Everyday exposure to the radio frequency energy from 5G small cells will be well within those safety limits, and is comparable to exposure from products such as baby monitors, Wi-Fi routers, and Bluetooth devices.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution may be one of the most important conversations of our time.

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