The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was as tech-savvy as the fashion shows. Her vision of the future: a combination of brains, excellence, leadership and isolation. While most products are beyond the reach of the masses, it is understandable that these concepts will generally be iterated, improved and expanded into affordable versions that are part of our daily lifestyles over the years.
This year is a little different, whether it's the first public protests since the pandemic, the looming shift in uncertainty about our economic, environmental and social futures, or the growing sense that the 99% is driven by greed. And the charm of the 1% and all their personal efforts are self-destructive. Something is changing, and it is important for me to watch for these signs.
This year, compared to previous years, there were not so many visions of the distant future and completely incomprehensible "technological talks" (the so-called Steamboat program). The masses are a little more realistic about products that look like they could use them today than in the distant past. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't out of a lack of desire to impress. What strikes me is that there are more clues about sustainability, energy efficiency, real-world practical applications and use cases that are now needed in terms of "how can we use this large-scale technology". Somehow, it was less and less for you during this time.
CES traditionally focuses on consumer devices, of which there were many. Many of them were in the digital home of health and wellness, with reviews and experiments sure to disrupt current work in this area. It has expanded over the years to include new technologies such as automotive, transportation, communications, energy storage, artificial intelligence (AI), Web3, health digital, etc. My worlds of moonshots, cities, mobility, the future of work and web3 worlds seemed to be front and center and close.
Despite all the talk about sustainability and human health, I wanted to see more. Maybe that was the point. Technology is a tool that works best when it enables and creates human creativity to solve the misunderstandings in our culture and everyday life. When we do things people love and make our lives easier, happier, and the world around us better, we all win.
They were a glimpse of the amazing new technological developments I had the privilege of being involved in trying to solve these vexing global problems with amazing technologies (space, robotics, energy capture and storage, renewable bio-printing). If they want to repair and restore the magnificent blue-green spaceship quickly, business and expansion must be promised. Not surprisingly, some of the fields I've studied are my interests: mobility, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and Web 3.
CES is definitely more of a "premium mobility show" than any other auto show. Global trends in electrification, connectivity and automation remain strong. The far fewer use cases and more severe utility vehicle use cases of the past have been a welcome story. I'm talking about the growth of mobility because unlike the classic car dealership, this show was about more than just individual cars. Of course, those who adhere to this narrative will see the technological devices and "fairy dust" additions as outdated, bland, and rather old-fashioned compared to the innovations of their neighbors down the hall.
All kinds of multimedia electric vehicles (EVs) are available everywhere. I've met and talked to the next generation of e-bikes and e-scooters, e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, delivery robots, electric multi-passenger minibuses and large electric delivery vans and pickup trucks. E-boats, e-ships and even e-tractors for mining, construction, farming etc. It was all electric, only enhanced by amazing battery manufacturers and battery technologies, charging stations, microgrids, two-way charging, docking stations and containers of all kinds. It was a sense of our past and finding ourselves in the here and now.
Electric cars with your little electric car friends. Interestingly, many EV demos have struggled to mount an e-scooter or e-bike (in various forms) next to a passenger vehicle, on the roof, in the bed or in the trunk of a vehicle. They built or embraced the ability to deliver the first mile of the last mile road or e-touring bike, and were always ready to push. Maybe a little of both.
Automated vehicles (AV) are far from fully autonomous. In fact, the story on the show was about commercial vehicles and ships and their supporting ecosystems: sensors (surprised there are so many lidar companies), software and hardware stacks, maps, telematics and communications, and not a lot of staff. . Cars Although there are many options to call vehicles. It was another change that was eagerly awaited. Not only was it great to meet my fellow AV technicians, but it was interesting to see that most of the utility vehicles are used to transport people and things by land, sea, and air, and for various community support services. A personal AV fantasy about The Jetsons and Futurama utopia/dystopia (I'm leaning towards that), adults are preparing to expand their fleet of commercial AV deployments across the planet. Governments hope to see what this means for them and how they can use it to their advantage (stay tuned for future updates on this).
The new frontier. Web3, Generative AI and metaverse spaces were definitely in the limelight and are still in their infancy, which I am very interested in. I look forward to seeing how it turns out as it grows. This year is a little about digital assets (aka NFT – I really think we should bury that term) or about blockchain, smart contracts and tokens with many practical applications in different areas of our economy, mobility, games and entertainment, pay attention to health. . etc., lots of great discussions with colleagues in the space focused on build standards, general agreement on the need for better UX/UI customization tools, learning and opening up Metavas to remove the real (and probably inevitable) control wall on Web2. . Park Tech Titans. Lots of talk and excitement/concern on various AI tools including ChatGPT and others about future business opportunities and threats. Enjoy sharing with colleagues the best way to prepare for Web3/AI career opportunities, improve skills and create personal value.
Overall, it was a great experience and I look forward to continuing the conversations as we build for the future. We're on our way!