AI and 5G are each disrupting technology’s world on their own. So, what happens when they come together? — In short, magic.

When AI and 5G come together, we’ll have faster speeds than ever before, leading to enhanced experiences on our devices, on the road, and at our jobs. These experiences will fundamentally change how we interact with each other and with technology.

The term “5G” refers to “fifth-generation” cellular wireless technology. Its standards were set in 2017, though in 2021, it is still not available everywhere.

Even though it’s as yet quite a while away from widespread deployment, 5G is a critical segment in developing cloud-computing ecosystems toward more distributed environments. By 2025, the networking industry will contribute about $1 trillion worldwide to 5G technology and infrastructure, supporting quick worldwide adoption of mobile, edge, and embedded devices in nearly every circle of our lives.

5G will be a prime impetus for the pattern under which more workloads are executed, and data dwells on edge devices. It will be a demonstrating ground for cutting-edge AI, offering an environment within which data-driven algorithms will control each cloud-driven process, device, and experience.

We already know that AI can analyze and process massive amounts of data in a short amount of time. When it can work on devices operating at high speeds thanks to 5G, there will be seemingly no limit to what AI could become capable of.

There are several critical areas of network management on 5G that AI will impact. These include simplifying deployment, making the network more efficient, improving network service quality, and enhancing security. For example, AI can quickly identify and detect unusual usage and, therefore, detect network traffic abnormalities.

As much as 5G will advance AI forward, AI will be a vital segment in guaranteeing that 5G networks are enhanced from start to finish. Machine learning through AI will be able to make sense out of signals that a device receives. Making better sense of radiofrequency signals will lead to many cellular communication and service improvements, including enhancing system performance and security.

While we might think of 5G as primarily something we use on cell phones, there are a wide variety of applications that will soon rely on 5G. Remote healthcare, automated transportation, and blockchain technology are just a few of the larger applications that will benefit from the relationship between 5G and AI. These will all need enhanced security to protect people’s sensitive data and information and ensure it does not get into the wrong hands.

The wait for 5G is officially over, even if it might still be a few years before you can get it reliably on your cell phone. Several industries are already combining 5G with AI to improve speed, security, and data processing. As more people and enterprises are able to adopt 5G and pair it with AI, we will see a transformative shift in how humans interact with technology in all aspects of our lives.