To understand 6G we must first understand 5G.
The reason why most people are not asking the right questions about 5G is because most don’t know what 5G is about. 5G is a catch-all term that people hear on TV and radio or read about online but what it stands for and what the implications are that come along with it is not being addressed in any significant way by news media that the public relies on.
The 5G era is not just about faster data processing and more convenient digital communications for consumers but for most people that’s the rough picture that they get presented by their government and news media.
With 4G and 5G we are talking about very different eras.
The 5G era comes with very concrete changes to the way communities and society as a whole are experienced and governed.
First of all, 5G comes with a very distinct space-based satellite communication system. Initially consisting of up to 25,000 satellites of various sizes and orbiting at altitudes of roughly 35o km to 1,500 km.
Below is a visualization for 1,600 Starlink communication satellites. The announced 25,000 satellites would therefore result in the below visualization being 15 times denser. Meaning that you have to multiply by 15 every white dot in the below grid. The currently two most prominent corporations, OneWeb and SpaceX, are battling for space to orbit their satellites in and that’s only from reports that have so far reached the public.
As the months and years go by more and more companies will become part of that battle for space to orbit their spacecraft in.
Currently the public at large, internationally, is not part of the decision-making process concerning the space that these corporations want to operate in. Given the vast amount of satellites to be brought into orbit the ICSBICS must be brought to the public’s attention because together we must govern the space around our planet.
Such decision-making can’t simply be put into the hands of agencies like the FCC and the ITU because these refuse to answer all questions that are the result of critical thinking by concerned citizens around the world. Nor do the involved corporations provide any concrete answers.
Just by focusing on the deployment of satellites alone it becomes clear that 5G is much more than a better online gaming experience. Geopolitical stability is in the balance. Governments from East to West indicate concerns about national security, everyone wants to protect the space over their territory. Already espionage from space is feared and this just because of the notion that commercial communication will advance. This does not even take into account other possible capabilities of the announced commercial satellites.
Down on Earth entire communities are seeing a significant transformation of their environment being pushed through by corporations that want to install hundreds of millions of 5G towers and 5G cells, globally, to secure up to 98% 5G coverage.
Concerned citizens around the world are increasingly reaching out to their fellow citizens, warning that the announced installations have not been properly tested in ways that prove that their deployment is safe for people’s health and safe for the environment. Nor does anyone know for sure to what extent our rights and security are going to be compromised
As part of the expansion we also have the Internet of Things (IoT), probably the most common theme for all 5G-related sales pitches.
The idea is to connect as many devices and networks as possible (not as needed), globally, and preferably using the space-based 5G backbone.
This too puts geopolitical stability, in the current obscure framework, in the balance because technically devices and installations on one side of the planet can then be controlled from an other side of the planet. Devices and installations in Europe, for instance, can be controlled from Asia. Devices and installations in China can be controlled from Israel. Devices and installations in the US can be controlled from Russia etc.
All of this is being implemented while no clear framework exists wherein the public takes an essential part in the decision-making, even though all of our communities are being re-engineered as you read this page.
To fully understand 5G the public at large must participate in the ICSBICS where knowledge is exchanged and discussed – because more and more will geopolitical stability depend on how we are able to preserve peace and stability in space. We can only achieve this when the public has trust in the space-based operations. Trust can only be gained when there is transparency. Today there is no transparency.
The rollout of 5G is just getting started while 4G (since 2004-2009) is not even being fully utilized around the world at this moment. It is suggested that by 2025 4G networks will be used to their full potential. This means that 5G has a chance of being fully deployed somewhere around 2035. However, many parts of the world may not have 5G fully integrated even by 2040.
As we move towards 2035-2040, 5G hardware and software will experience at least a 2nd and 3rd generation evolution. Further improving and expanding data processing and transmission speeds.
From this point on, to speak of a next communication era, 6th generation, the next leap has to have an impact with at least the same magnitude as 5G will have on society, compared to the pre-5G period.
On the surface, researchers focusing on 6G are asking: “what is it and why does the world need it? … what things did 5G not address?”
When 5G enables smart cities, smart factories, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things the next question is not about the speed of data transmissions since 2nd and 3rd generation 5G will already address that.
The question, thus, is: What is not yet connected to the grid when all objects can be or are already connected?
Humans are not yet physically connected to the communication grid.
That is why in reality the human mind and body will be at the center of 6G research, development and implementation.
In order for “smart” cities to work properly, if you understand what “smart city” really means, also humans must then be connected to the internet because in smart cities everything has to be monitored. Including the individual’s behavior, health and perceptions. Leaving the human out of the equation you simply won’t have a “smart” city (and we really shouldn’t have these anyway given that today we can’t even get full transparency on 5G in general and the space-based backbone of it).
Therefore, as we can conclude from for instance Google’s Selfish Ledger, people’s minds are going to have to be connected to the communication grid, if we really want true smart cities. With wireless technology having evolved enough already this too will be a central aspect of 6G developments. How to (and why) connect the mind to the internet while making it also, and especially, commercially interesting?
Though it might sound enticing to have our brains be connected to the internet the same way our toasters are, the thought of having a hacker’s mitts in our minds is less so. Regular devices connected to the internet usually don’t have great security measures, and can be hacked and turned into botnets for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. … this will become even more of a problem when researchers cross the frontier of ‘bidirectional flow of information,’ where data can be uploaded to a brain instead of just transmitted. Any sort of attack that could take over the stream and use it in a non-desirable way would be a disaster for the individual involved and, more generally, it could be a real risk for society” – Motherboard
Anything less than also connecting the human mind to the internet can therefore not be considered 6G. Simply going from spot beams to laser beams, with communication satellites and Earth-based stations and devices, is not a similar leap as moving from 4G to 5G. At best such an evolution is a 3rd generation of 5G.
Exposing society to such drastic changes whereby the human mind is being directly connected to a global communication grid requires a proper, fully transparent, framework with checks and balances – IF this is what society wants to further pursue.
We don’t have such a framework for 5G, at this moment. The ICSBICS is only beginning to get people’s attention while governments and corporations do not seem to have any interest in such a form of omnicratic governance whereby the public gets to have an equal say in these matters.
Because the public is not being involved and is even being discouraged from seeking involvement, by their governments and by corporations, more and more people are rejecting 5G as it is currently being announced and rolled out.
To put matters really into perspective, why we need a proper public framework for 5G and 6G, lets briefly look beyond 6G.
A leap from 6G to 7G must also be of at least a similar magnitude as the one before that. To speak of 7G means that such a new communication era must change society and the planet in such a way that is at least comparable with going from 5G to 6G.
What is there to connect when everything and everyone can be or is connected to and monitored by/through a global communication grid?
With true “smart” cities eventually (but unfortunately) being a reality the entire society can be controlled by a group of people/corporations that is also, eventually, getting smaller and smaller.
Beyond connecting, monitoring and controlling (and fighting for) the geographical regions and the by then possibly hyper-realities on the planet the next thing to control is the planet itself, including the weather and the climate (something that is already largely achieved, although mostly covertly).
Indeed, when can we speak of taking first steps towards godhood?