“Digital transformation” is one of the most overused and yet least understood terms dominating boardrooms.
CES, in its many iterations over the past 50 years, has been about devices. The VCR debuted there in 1970, the camcorder in 1981.
With everything going on in the world lately–from #MeToo to the deafening lack of female keynotes at CES, major cultural issues facing women have finally been brought to the forefront.
From Amazon’s Alexa on more than 10 million countertops and Siri in every iPhone to GM implementing IBM’s Watson into OnStar and Tesla’s autopilot using cloud-based learning, Artificial Intelligence, in various forms, is reaching a point of cultural ubiquity.
What has been a running joke at CES is now a firm reality: everything is now either Smart or Connected.
Without a doubt, the three A’s – Anticipation, Ambience, and Artificial Intelligence were the centerpiece of CES this year.
CES 2018 was flush with gadgets that help people track and monitor their lives – health, fitness, home, neighborhood family, pets, cars, and other possessions.
What a difference a year makes. For Virtual and Augmented Reality, CES 2017 offered so much hope and hype. Flash forward one year to CES 2018, and you see two very different trajectories for VR and AR.
This year’s CES was no different than the last few: we saw again that any product — anything at all, really — can and will become “smart”. But “smart” is not always the same as “wise.”
The experiences of the future won’t be limited to designing for a phone, they will be about taking advantage of the increasingly smart and connected technology around consumers.