Program Participant

Name:Nir Kshetri
TitleCompany:Professor, Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Bio:Nir Kshetri is Professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a research fellow at Kobe University. He has authored ten books and more than 150 academic articles. He has been ranked as the world’s most published and second most cited author in research on blockchain in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Nir was the winner of IEEE IT Professional’s Most Popular Paper Award in 2019 and 2018 and Outstanding Contribution in Authorships award in 2019. He also won the Blockchain Connect Conference’s Most Influential Blockchain Research Paper in 2019. He won PTC’s Meheroo Jussawalla Prize twice. His works have millions of readers worldwide. Nir has been quoted/interviewed and/or his work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets worldwide. He has provided consulting services to Asian Development Bank and various UN agencies. In 2018, he gave a TED Talk about the roles of cryptocurrencies in fighting poverty ( .
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Sunday, 20 January 201910:45–12:00Research Workshop: Emerging Business ModelsSouth Pacific 2PTC19PROGRWS_EMGMKT


The Fifth Generation (5G) cellular services are expected to be commercially available in developed countries from as early as the late 2018. The development of 5G networks, platforms and devices certainly require high investments. There are, however, important economic benefits as well as psychological or intangible benefits associated with 5G. The proposed presentation will review these benefits. It will analyze how 5G services, singly or in combination with other technologies, are likely to have a transformative impact on a number of online activities. Especially it will look at how 5G can be combined with artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) to transform consumer experience. It will discuss how 5G's faster data-transmission speed will make it easier to transfer data created by IoT devices. In the case of AI, it delves into how 5G's faster speed will make it possible to access additional information quicker and understand the environment and the context better. The presentation will demonstrate how 5G can play a key role in feeding the information (e.g., from IoT devices) required for a blockchain-based smart contracts more efficiently. Finally, in the context of AR/VR, the presentation will discuss how 5G networks’ higher bandwidth, reduced latency and higher degree of uniformity (mobile connection’s consistency across locations) make it easier to deal with the complex worlds and sophisticated inputs that require processing of huge amounts of data.