For many of us, 2021 has been a bit of a blur. We continued to work from home and somehow tried to get used to the constant uncertainty as new viral strains evolve and we run for vaccine coverage in the midst of a pandemic. global. We have followed the Mars landings with fascination and searched for solutions as extreme weather events rocked our own planet. We have moved to a more hybrid working reality, supported by emerging technology. We are a little tired, but we are hopeful. And we are so ready for a new year and a new start.
Before we get into the bright horizon of possibilities that is 2022, let’s take a moment to look back at 2021 and the best blog posts we’ve enjoyed throughout the year.
The path to meaningful inclusion
Despite some significant progress in inclusion and equality in recent years, the idea of “women in tech” is still rigid. Even today, the fight against discrimination is a daily reality for many players in the ICT industry. But, as Halima Voirin, Editorial Manager at Ericsson reminds us, listening to the stories and experiences of those around us can be the first step in helping to open the door to a more inclusive future.
Her own bold and inspiring personal story about feminism, technology, and how we approach the barriers between the two is a great place to start.
Sustainability for business success
As we all cautiously view recovery from the pandemic, the idea of “building back better” is gaining momentum around the world. Mentalities have changed. The higher demands and expectations of customers and talent mean companies must strike a better balance between prosperity and responsibility – a balance where success is defined not only by profit, but also by people and the planet. It is an era of sustainability.
So how is technology helping to support this transformation? Find out what 5G and the Internet of Things can do to create a more sustainable and inclusive world.
Football becomes futuristic with 5G and immersive AR experiences
“Some people think football is about life and death. I assure you it’s much more serious than that. – Bill Shankly, former manager of Liverpool football club.
With the global pandemic limiting or banning crowds in stadiums, the dreams (and hearts) of many die-hard fans around the world have been shattered. But the technology offers new hope – and scores impressive goals with fans, stadiums, leagues and media broadcasters. So, fans, hand in your team kit and see how 5G and augmented reality (AR) are enhancing the fan experience and opening up new opportunities for both viewers and live TV shows.
6G: what to expect from the next generation
6G, the next generation of cellular technology is on the horizon. Hexa-X – the joint European initiative to shape 6G launched in January 2021 – has launched its mission to define 6G, exploring potential use cases, capabilities and performance indicators.
From monitoring the Earth and smart cities for improved sustainability, to the cobots and telepresence applications we may depend on, learn about the latest developments in 6G technology and its impact on our societies – and our planet.
The main technological trends of 2021
Over the past two years, the COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to quickly adapt to a new reality. At the same time, we have seen technological innovation intensify to meet new and unexpected demands as they arise. While some of the tech trends in 2021 are not surprising, the pandemic-induced advancements in technologically conservative areas such as education and healthcare have certainly given us some new and surprising developments to consider.
Check out our top five tech trends for 2021 here – do you think they’re set to last for the long haul?
Ethics 101 – for AI?
We live in a world of human prejudice, where every decision we make is colored by years of unique conditioning, sometimes leading to discrimination or irrational decision-making. As AI algorithms become more and more prevalent in our daily lives, can they free us from thousands of years of human prejudice? Or – given that these technologies are modeled, specified, and overseen by us, with all our flaws – will we inevitably carry our biases into the systems we create?
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ethical AI in this thought-provoking article on AI biases and human rights.
Technology to save the world
2021 saw more extreme weather events occur across the world. We have reached record concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and global sea level has reached a whole new high, pushing our planet further into uncharted territory. We all know the time to act is now.
So how can robotic jellyfish or staying in pajamas help save the world? Find out how technology is helping us restore planet Earth and be inspired by some of the amazing technological solutions to climate change that are helping solve our planet’s biggest environmental problems.
Welcome to XR – it’s time to get immersive
Many of us are familiar with some of the cool new games, new experiences, and even more convenient features that virtual reality and augmented reality have provided through our devices in recent years. We are now at a threshold as our digital and real worlds finally collide and merge.
What will entertainment, work or shopping look like as technology rolls off our screens to exist all around us? Step into Extended Reality (XR) – a whole new world of immersive experiences.
No turning back: digital evolution, during the pandemic and beyond
During the COVID-19 pandemic, connectivity has become more central than ever to our lives – for working, accessing services, studying and even spending time with loved ones.
But if we are to emerge stronger from this challenge and tackle bigger challenges such as climate change, governments must do more to harness the potential of 5G. Share thoughts from Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm as he discusses what we’ve learned from COVID-19 – and why we can’t go back to the pre-pandemic status quo.
Security of our critical infrastructure
5G has a key role to play in digital transformation, enabling and enhancing critical functions for people, businesses and society. But as our dependence on networks increases, so does their attractiveness as a target. Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure can have serious social and economic consequences – they can even cost lives.
So how do you avoid such disruptions? Find out how Ericsson integrated security and privacy mechanisms to deliver a secure and resilient 5G Radio Access Network (RAN).
So that’s the conclusion of our top ten blog posts of 2021! We hope you found some interesting reading this holiday season, and we look forward to bringing you many more exciting information and technology developments in the New Year as we continue our mission to make the unimaginable. possible.
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