Public sector taking a more active role in the evolution of 5G, which will be shared and a mix of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, will look more like a Super Wifi than a cell phone network

Cross-posted from ReCode.net Although the U.S. falls into the middle of the pack on broadband, it has been a leader in wireless — it’s the only country with four national LTE networks, and in the upper quartile on many other mobile-related metrics, such as usage, average speeds, level of competition and so on. Much of the innovation in wireless comes …

An excerpt from Utopia Drive: A Roadtrip through America’s Most Radical Idea

Since 1980, the wealthiest Americans have seen their incomes quadruple, while those of the poor and middle class have flatlined.  The more this inequality grows, the sicker and more punitive our country becomes. The epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have recently shown that every single societal problem, with no exception, can be tied directly to income inequality. As a …

Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification powered by renewable energy and with US track modernization

Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification, powered by renewable energy accomplished in conjunction with track modernization. This infrastructural investment will bring to the United States the reliable, electrified, higher-speed service now common on public railroads in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Such service can draw significant portions of freight and passenger service lost to highways and aviation back to the tracks. …

New tech words and acronyms

http://www.recode.net/2016/8/3/12346758/dao-ethereum-blockchain-naming DAO – Wikipedia says that a DAO is a “decentralized autonomous organization,” which means it’s kind of like a corporation based on the P2P principle. As for the organization that’s actually named “The DAO,” Wikipedia defines it as “a form of investor-directed venture capital fund.” Putting it all together in plain English, The DAO is akin to a crowd-sourced …

“Driving a car will be illegal by 2030”

Cross-posted from Wired Magazine Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck/lorry drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, humanity’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted. The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber or improvements in mass transport. Driving should and will …

One view of the AV timeline, links

View of the AV timeline from a former hedge fund manager, following technology – Michael Dempsey’s view of the AV timeline What’s the timeline? Context: When do we have fully autonomous vehicles on the road? Discussion/Sides: A) Many say 2020–2025 because every OEM, tech journalist, and thought leader has said that time. In practice, if you look at adoption of new …

Ad-funded AV transportation?

The Only Way That Uber Loses — how free transportation changes the game. Cross-posted from Lightspeed Venture Partners The battle for the future of local transportation is in full swing. Uber’s leadership and execution are massively impressive. Few companies have impacted the world in the way that their team has. That said, if you look closely at their two moats (supply …

Getting off coal is “important to maintain political legitimacy” in China

China’s economic slowdown and its shift away from heavy manufacturing “are long-term trends characterizing China’s new phase of economic development,” a  key point made last year in a post on a new study from the Center for American Progress:   Second, China’s shift away from coal is part of a “long-term strategy” to respond to their terrible air pollution problems, as …

6 key water quality threats; meanwhile, water treatment costs have risen by 50% in a third of large cities around the world

By Natasha Geiling, 27 July 2016, Cross-posted from Climate Progress CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening to seriously undermine the availability of clean drinking water in many of the world’s major cities. According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …