The combination of 5G and edge computing promises to fast-track the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the Internet of Things (IoT).

With 10 to 20 times faster speeds and dramatically lower latency, 5G makes it much more feasible to process AI workloads locally at the edge.

Hardware is about to get interesting again.

This speed and reduced latency is essential to an array of IoT applications such as smart cities, transportation, intelligent manufacturing, e-health, smart farming, and so on. This is why Gartner predicts that 75 percent of enterprise-generated data will be processed outside a traditional data center or cloud by 2022, compared with 10 percent today.

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