The Transformative Technology sector looks at innovative technologies that are likely to transform the consumer lifestyle, enable new use cases, and increase productivity, while significantly reducing both capital and operation expenditures. The topics covered provide deep analysis of specific technologies already enabling new use cases such as augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables, consumer, industrial, and service robotics, and smart cities. The sector will also cover technologies that are beyond the immediate horizon, which will truly transform business and society over a five to fifteen year period. These include Cognitive and Neuromorphic Computing, Quantum Computing, 5G networks and beyond, and new materials and lithographic processes that will likely extend Moore’s Law to new milestones with materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
Network World recently ran a Q&A with Tony Melone, EVP and CTO of Verizon Wireless about Verizon Wireless's LTE rollout plans, in which Melone stated that "everywhere [Verizon Wireless has] 3G coverage today, [they'll] have 4G coverage." Today, with the most extensive 3G coverage in the United States, Verizon Wireless covers 289 million people. To reach that level of 4G coverage in about three years would be quite an aggressive rollout, and to think that Verizon Wireless is ripping out its 3G network would be completely wrong. The hype becomes a game of telephone: one article includes an inaccurate choice of words, another picks it up and passes it on with an even worse choice of words, and then another, and quickly the wrong information is disseminated.