Week In Tech: 5G, AI and the ‘try now’ button

Between your work, personal life and trying to keep up with the constantly evolving political climate it can be easy to get left behind. Technology doesn’t wait around for anyone; however, it continues its inexorable march to becoming ubiquitous in our lives. Here is a quick update on the latest from the tech world this week.

Nuthin’ but a 5G thang baby

5G. That is a lot of Gs, one more than in Snoop Doggy Dogg’s full name actually. But what exactly is it? How will it affect the current UK market? And when are we actually going to see it?

As you’d expect it comes with increased data speeds for our phones and tablets, but it is also expected to help contribute to revolutionising city life. The main mobile network providers in the UK, alongside new competitors, are circling around for a share of the new spectrum. Experts suggest that O2 are most in need, while EE are not expected to bid given their already substantial market share.

Despite the fact 5G isn’t being rolled out until late 2019, it is exciting news in the UK for businesses and civilians alike, as communication is set to become faster and more efficient than ever.

Commitment issues? Worry no more.

You’re enamoured by the prospect of a new mobile game; the adverts suggest you’ll be looking at beautiful graphics combined with a silky-smooth in game experience. The gameplay looks exciting and different – you can’t wait to play. You spend the next half an hour carelessly eradicating things from your phone’s memory, from important work items to treasured family memories, in order to have sufficient space for the download. After your long, arduous journey you finally have it there in all its glory, ready to play.

You’re bored and hate it after 2 minutes.

Stories such as the one above could be a thing of the past with the new ‘try now’ button for games on Play Store. Google Play Instant can now launch a demo of the game you’re eyeing up right away. The objective behind the program is to remove the barrier of having to install the app to users, resulting in more people trying apps and games – it’s win win for consumers and devs alike.

AI knows us better than our own family

This fascinating read from the MIT technology review educates us on how AI could actually spot signs of Alzheimer’s before any human would. “When a radiologist reads a scan, it’s impossible to tell whether a person will progress to Alzheimer’s disease,” says Pedro Rosa-Neto, a neurologist at McGill University.

Given how difficult it is to know whether or not you will suffer from the disease, this AI could be revolutionary. By closely observing our behaviour, such as sleeping and breathing patterns, the AI, with the help of algorithms, could help determine early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Benefits of early diagnosis range from the patient getting access to experimental drugs, to organising and setting up care for their future.

AI is becoming a major facet in a variety of areas and will continue to be at the forefront of modern life.