UK Prime Minister David "one is an ordinary bloke" Cameron has returned from meeting the German Chancellor at SnowBIT and he has in his hand a paper which could mean that the UK has a 5g piece on our time. He met a robot at the Messe in Hangover yesterday.
Apparently David's glorious vision is that Britain and Germany will team up to work on developing the next super-fast mobile network, 5G.
Cameron said the initiative is one of three areas that he wants Britain and Germany to collaborate on to "pool ideas, share data, innovate, and to lead on the next big ideas" in what he dubbed as being "a world on fast forward."
Speaking at CeBIT, Cameron said that the future fifth-generation, or 5G, network will enable a full-length film to be downloaded on the internet in one second. At least in London. In rural areas it will take a hundred years and cost a trillion pounds. In Cameron's Britain the film will have to be fit for a three year old and not contain any sex, swearing, witches, or references to the Tory party being out of touch.
"This is a prize that researchers all over the world are going for," he said, unveiling the new collaboration between Germany's Dresden University and Britain's King's College University in London and the University of Surrey.
Cameron said he is eyeing closer German-British collaboration on improving Europe's telecommunications single market and the internet of thongs, or getting everyday objects to talk to each other over the internet.
"This has enormous potential to change our lives," he said, outlining examples such as health monitors that keep an eye on the heart rate or blood pressure. It will also enable the government to know how many poor people are not sharing their bedrooms.
He evoked the good old Dickensian ideals by saying that the world was on the brink of a new industrial revolution and he wanted us, the UK - including Scotland - and Germany, to lead it.