Michael Ronen (Managing partner, Softbank investment): on innovation:
"What's happening in China … cannot be described in words"
Marc Allera (EE) on the lack of 5G business case:
"the reality will be that we will have to assume that consumers and businesses will be prepared to pay a little bit more for faster, higher quality access to the internet"
Tom Nolle (CIMI corp):
"I think that the deciding truth with 5G is that a lot will happen with it, if we can just get it started, but most of the happening is out four or five years into the future"
Park Jin-hyo (SKT CTO) on vRAN:
"…the technology, it is good, but in terms of operations there are some challenges, e.g. if we use open hardware and software, who can guarantee the combination, as well as safety and configuration"
Nick Hunn on the NB-IoT chip market:
"…there is a decent expectation that silicon will be hitting $3 – $4 by 2020, with modules between $6 and $10"
Jason Matheny (IARPA) on example ethical questions when building AI:
"'If we succeed in building this, would we regret it?' and, 'Under what conditions would we regret it?'"
Greg Peters (Product Chief, Netflix):
"117m account members watched on 450m devices & with 300m user profiles. Essentially we create 300m different versions of Netflix... No two of those experiences are exactly the same"
Zahid Ghadialy on MWC:
"I have to be honest, haven't seen a WOW demo yet at #MWC18. While there are lots of interesting stuff, it's all the same, old and tired stuff"
Seth Godin on technology and unintended consequences:
"Technology destroys the perfect and then it enables the impossible"
Tim O'Reilly on applying AI:
"Don't replace people: augment them"
"An unwelcome consequence of living in a world where everything is "easy" is that the only skill that matters is the ability to multitask. At the extreme, we don't actually do anything; we only arrange what will be done, which is a flimsy basis for a life"
Singapore Minister discussing crypto currencies:
"Blockchain is a solution looking for a problem"
Jutta Steiner (Parity.io) on blockchains & meeting GDPR:
"The way [public decentralized network] architecture works, means there is no such thing as the deletion of personal data. The issue with information is once it's out, it's out"
Paul Ford on BitCoin & blockchains:
"Most things that the blockchain promises to do can be done more easily with other technologies, including good ol' fiat currency. But I know a mind virus when I see it"
Brad Templeton on autonomous cars:
"Every human accident teaches us something about the way people have accidents. Every robocar accident teaches us about a way robocars will never have an accident again"