Program Participant

Name:Nir Kshetri
TitleCompany:Professor, Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Bio:Nir Kshetri is a professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has authored twelve books and more than 200 academic articles, which have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and other languages. He has been ranked among the world’s top 0.03% researchers according to Elsevier and Stanford University’s “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” published in 2021 ( Nir’s work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, such as BBC, Economist, Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Public Radio International, Scientific American, and Bloomberg TV. He has provided consulting services to Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and various UN agencies. His is Computer’s computing’s economics editor, IT Professional’s IT economics editor, Electronic Commerce Research’s associate editor. He is a two-time TEDx speaker about the roles of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence ( and blockchain ( 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.