Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'
- Bob Dylan
I'm sure when Bob wrote those words so long ago (1963 in fact) he wouldn't have thought that in 2019 they would ring so true. In the last few days and weeks we've seen some amazing geo-political developments that potentially will shape our future for the next decade or two.
In a nutshell, the current stance of the US (via The Donald) is to pursue more 'protectionist' policies, which limit the capability of privately owned companies like China's Huawei to access critical intellectual property developed and owned by key western IT companies like chipmakers Qualcomm and ARM. It also limits behemoths like Google from making certain services available to these companies. Recently Huawei was banned by the Australian government from tendering for the installation of a 5G network due to security concerns.
Locally we've seen evidence of a grassroots movement to oppose the installation of a 5G network - the argument here is that the 1mm pulse rate of the 5G system hasn't been tested on a human population and there is no way of knowing whether this system will result in mass carcinogens flowing into the population. There is so little info about this that the inescapable conclusion is that the system is only able to be assessed 'once deployed' which potentially makes us all into human guinea pigs.
To put it into perspective, the operation of something like 'Driverless Cars' would rely on this type of network being set up - which would significantly change the functionality of our society. The data advantages of this sort of system would be amazing - but at what cost?
Here's a link to a New York Times article that discusses this development.