35 billion “things” are connected to the Internet today this will rise to 50 billion by 2020 – Prime Minister


How can phenomenon of hyper-connectivity based on artificial intelligence and the “Internet of Things” be mobilized to maximize human safety and well-being to develop smart, secure livable and sustainable cities? Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe questioned experts attended the World Cities Summit, International Water Week and Cleanenviro Summit Singapore today.

 Delivering the keynote speech titled ‘Livable And Sustainable Cities Of The Future: Transcending Challenges of the  Anthropocene’, Mr. Wickremesinghe said However, in recent times, human communication has been completely overshadowed by a new phenomenon.  Driven by sophistication in electronic sensors for information capture, new generation high-speed internet for rapid information transmission or receipt, and artificial intelligence for making judgments based on the analysis of massive volumes of data, “things” are now communicating, both with each other and with humans.  Around 35 billion “things” are connected to the Internet today.  Cisco Systems estimates that this will rise to 50 billion by 2020, far exceeding the number of humans connected to the internet, estimated at around 4 billion persons using 25 billion apps.

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