︎︎︎ About

With 5G as a narrative and framework, this design project explores future use cases and discusses the impact it could have on our society.

︎︎︎ Artifacts

  1. Autonomous Decisions
  2. Remote Work
  3. Fake Society
  4. Cultural Streaming
  5. Decentralized Health
  6. Contagion Mapping
  7. Digital Education
  8. Connectivity as Real Estate
  9. Virtual Shopping

︎︎︎ Final Reflections

We are in the middle of a connectivity-shift, where 5G is expanding every day.

︎︎︎Picture Library



Connectivity as Real Estate


What if connectivity could impact the demographics and change where people choose to live?


Connectivity equals competitiveness for businesses and user experience for consumers . This artifact looks at mobile connectivity and how it could affect real-estate, with people valuing great connectivity on the same level as accessibility, view or heating. An apartment, office or house could increase in value if it was located in a “high speed neighbourhood”.




5G and feasibility

Installing fiber is currently a costly endeavour. 5G could enable fiber speeds or higher, without needing expensive installations. It would be dependent on close proximity to 5G base stations, as well as transmitters or routers to direct signals inside homes.  If this was the case, 5G might replace WiFi in these situations all together.


︎︎︎Speedtest map visualizing 5G speeds.

When buying or renting either a home or workplace today, there are many considerations. For some, the benefit of having great connectivity could lead them to choosing one place over the other. This could be particularly true for a range of people or businesses, for instance e-Sport clubs, stock exchange,content creators or data centres that depend on a lot of data, uploading and downloading.

Reflection

Connectivity as a driving force is already an aspect of cabled connections, where certain businesses rely on high speed connectivity. The installation of fibre networks is something that enables both households and businesses to thrive in a digital world. However, it is not available everywhere, and some places might not ever recieve it. With digital services and devices demanding more bandwidth and speed, can areas with poor connectivity survive?



︎︎︎Using connectivity as a filter in finn.no could potentially be as important as how many bedrooms, balcony or if pets are allowed.
What if Norway became a world leader in connectivity, creating a huge business potential? What if the industry bought big residential areas because of their connectivity? What if cities were built from a connectivity perspective?  Could this lead to parts of the city housing people  or companies with specific connectivity needs?

The questions we ask through this artifact involve the future of demographics and the values embedded in connectivity.