The 2017 edition of CES, (the Consumer Electronics Show) is the 50th and it continues to grow — taking up every inch of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands expo center and branching over to the Venetian, Aria and Mandalay Bay. Taxis are a premium, restaurants are full, and there are lines everywhere.
The coolest tech here at the show is AI — artificial intelligence. AI is becoming pervasive in home entertainment systems, driverless cars, drone operations, smart home/home automation systems plus many other aspects of daily life. There’s even discussion of using AI to create “smart roads” to enhance traffic, safety and fuel efficiency and ways to work with government to invest in this sort of technology.
For those who voted for Donald Trump, with the idea he was going to bring back millions of jobs, AI will create jobs — high paying ones. Immigrants aren’t taking your jobs. Soon, technology will. And AI is going to replace a lot of jobs — many middle class. It’s entirely possible that at some point, janitors at Disneyland could be replaced by robots sweeping up after customers. Driverless trucks could revolutionize shipping and transport. Drones could be used for simple package delivery. Heck AI is even being tested to replace lawyers for simple contract law and as the technology develops, more aspects of business law transactions will be automated.
There are a number of companies that offer a technology solution seeking a problem to solve. Do we really need an appliance that helps children fall asleep better? Wouldn’t a little activity do the same thing? There is an emerging field of “smart” workout clothes that monitor heart rates, calories burned and other health data? How many people need this? There are more companies here that make cases to protect your phone or your tablet than you ever thought possible.
There are thousands of companies exhibiting at CES. It’s impossible to see them all and mainstream tech press is doing an nice job of covering the big highlights. So please hit TechCrunch, Gizmodo, ArsTechnica and the tech beats for USA Today, the LA Times, OC Register, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal are also hitting the highlights.