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Smart Lifestyle Interview: Marcus Weldon

ing an extension of this Future X vision

to cover different industrial transformations

later this year.

What are the drivers transforming

human existence in the near future?

We are entering an era of being connected

where augmenting human

and machine intelligence will be used

to sense, control, and automate everything.

We believe we are on the verge

of the fourth industrial revolution – a

revolution that will be driven by the

need to automate everything to save

and “create” time. At its heart, this is

a technological revolution driven by

machines and sensors connecting to

augmented intelligence over a massively

scalable, ultra-high-capacity,

ultra-low-latency, dynamic new network

infrastructure, which we call

“The Future X Network.” The net effect

will be a massive increase in productivity

with machines assisting and

augmenting humans in both repetitive

physical tasks and complex intellectual


Can you envision some revolutionary

technologies, or even disruptive

innovations, influencing our lives?

I believe that the current consumerdriven

digital platforms will be superseded

by two sets of new value platforms,

focused on augmenting how

people perceive and understand their

world and how to control and automate

it. These platforms will redefine

human existence in the next decades.

Over the past 20 years, web services

have redefined how people shop,

read, consume media, find information,

and interact. But, in reality, these

The next revolution

will be

driven by the

need to automate


to save and

“create” time.

services have just created digital replacements

for existing capabilities,

increasing convenience but not manifestly

changing human existence.

Moreover, service and experience

quality and user privacy have been

sacrificed for the sake of convenience

and the offer of “free” services. This has

resulted in no net increase in quality

of life or productivity and the initial

utility has eroded over time.

The next phase of existence will be

driven by the digitization of all physical

systems (including humans) and

the creation of new machine automations

to assist humans in every

“scale” task. This will result in two new

platform types – platforms that assist

humans with perception of the physical

world, and platforms that assist

humans to control the physical world.

These platforms will couple to existing

digital web platforms created during

Industry 3.0 to create the fundamental

new value set for Industry 4.0. The critical

characteristics of these new cyberphysical

platforms are the ability to

support and connect a massive scale

of low-latency, real-time data streams

from a multitude of sensors, with augmented

cognition systems that assist

humans in creating new understanding

and optimized outcomes.

What is your perspective of the future

of communications and its key

technology elements?

The next industrial revolution will be

driven by the digitization of all physical

systems to create unprecedented

levels of awareness and knowledge.

This will allow the augmentation of

every process and system, increasing

efficiency and productivity – and ultimately

creating time.

The existing network architecture

must radically transform to meet

these needs, due to the massive increase

in capacity and reliability, and

massive decrease in latency, required.

This new Future X network will have

a number of profound architectural

changes, such as moving from a

highly centralized to a massively distributed

network architecture, and

moving from billions of smart devices

to trillions of simple sensors, as well

as new intelligent control algorithms

and systems.

Which development do you see for

the fixed wide area network?

We are at the beginning of a new era of

access networks, as industrial automation

and new infrastructure and information

systems will require capacities

of 1Gbps to 10Gbps and latencies of

one microsecond to 10 microseconds,

with ultra-high reliability and adaptability.

We have exhausted the use

of the traditional low band [

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