As 5G technology is spreading wider and wider, a lot of people are concerned about possible health issues attributed to its development. Despite all the concerns technology continues to be installed. Verizon has already powered up its 5G base stations in April 2019. But the question remains is it safe?
The G stands for generation.
The first generation of wireless telecommunication was used in the ’70s and ’80s. It was based on analog radio transmissions, so anybody could listen to various telephone conversations if they had the knowledge to build a receiver.
Later in the early ’90s, 2G has shown up. Unlike its predecessor, 2G was digital. It was even used for early mobile internet connections, but speed was no Match by today’s standards. However, the first iPhone released in 2007 used 2G exclusively. Imaging watching YouTube on that!
By the start of the current millennium 3G had been started to implement. As some of you can remember, it brought a lot faster internet speeds and took a huge part in the rising popularity of both Android and iOS-based smartphones.
Pushed by giant tech companies like Apple and Google, 4G finally came in the early 2010s. It made speeds up to 300Mbps theoretically possible and allowed various streaming services like Netflix to originate.
And now 5G is fighting its way to our lives, promising even faster internet with speeds of up to 10Gbps. That’s about 100 times greater than today’s 4G average.
5G is hated by a portion of the population. Why?
Since the time scientists have started talking about the possibility of 5G, a lot of poorly educated skeptics started claiming that 5G will cause cancer to everyone. However, their claims have been disproven. Concerns have been raised because 5G waves are radio waves a. k. a. radiation. Yet, 5G operates at quite low frequencies of 600 MHz to 6 GHz, which is lower than visible light. Therefore, is not considered ionizing radiation, and that means it cannot cause the same damage as UV, X or gamma rays. So, submerging yourself to 5G filled city is actually safer than sunbathing.
What will 5G mean to ordinary people as well as to science and industry?
As mentioned before, 5G main benefit is its vast speed. So, let’s focus on what faster internet speed is good for.
As for an ordinary person, you probably are most interested in high-quality content and related benefits:
- Faster download and upload of files. No more annoying waiting for your 100GB game to be downloaded.
- Mobile connections are less prone to malfunction. So, your mobile experience will be as smooth as a hot knife through butter.
- Higher-quality voice and video conversations. There is nothing more satisfying to speak to your loved one face to face. Well, with 5G it will be almost the same.
- Higher quality of graphics in general. So, you will be able to evaluate your Tinder match more closely.
- More reliable streaming services. No more quality degrading
On the industry and science side we can see benefits as well:
- Faster data transmission means higher profit. Time is money, as they say.
- A lot more data will be available for computations meaning greater accuracy of products, or scientific calculations leading to more innovations.
- Artificial Intelligence will have better conditions for machine learning, as it will get more data to learn from.
- A whole new branch of an industry dedicated to 5G will appear, so more jobs for people.
- More reliable communication of the Internet of Things. We might see an improvement in autonomous cars and smart houses.
So what’s the conclusion?
After all, 5G is just another iteration of cellular wireless network technology. Claims about it causing cancer are scientifically unproven, and thinking logically, very unlikely. This generation of it is much more beneficial in short-range high-speed data transfer than its older brother the 4G. Fast speeds will allow a consumer to experience smooth streaming, fast downloading and high-quality communication services as enjoyable as never before. It will also cause innovation in science, technology, business, and various other industries, causing a lot of innovations. Therefore, it is a technology with minimal health concerns and a major technological advance. Win-Win if you would ask me.
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