In an era of ever-evolving technology, convergence of diverse industries is increasingly evident. For example, healthcare and communications networks are creating a new transformative field of telemedicine to benefit millions worldwide. Most of us live lives of “normal science,” with steady progress, growth and utility, but from the convergence of unrelated things there emerge "paradigm shifts" at their intersection. The convergence of the familiar leads to the emergence of the new.
This plenary will explore how technology is bringing the world closer together by convergence - allowing communications networks to become more seamless from space to the earth to the deep ocean with intelligence and compute more tightly coupled. As this transformative journey starts, we’ll also uncover what remarkable innovations emerge from this convergence and the new challenges it brings.