CES 2017 to Unveil the Latest in Tech Advances
By James R. Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Military University
Contributor, In Homeland Security
If you are interested in the future of technology, be sure to attend the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2017. It is “Where Innovators Gather,” according to the CES website.
Since 1967, the annual CES has premiered the latest innovations in technology aimed at tech pros and ordinary consumers alike. The show features everything from self-driving cars to wearable tech devices for medical use to 3D printers.
Latest Advances in Cybersecurity and Virtual Reality Likely to Debut
With cybersecurity at the top of concerns among developers, consumers and the military, CES 2017 is likely to feature displays of new methods and devices to thwart would-be hackers.
Advances in virtual reality (VR) are also expected at this year’s CES. Virtual reality products drew large crowds at the DevLearn 2016 conference, also held in Las Vegas.
Many items we take for granted today first appeared at the CES show. Videocassette recorders were new in 1970; camcorders and CD disc players were the hot items in 1980. Last year, augmented reality, all-electronic concept vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT) drew the most buzz at the show.
CES is a trade show that is not open to the general public. It brings together more than 3,800 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, tech delivery systems and more.
Many International Industry Leaders Expected at CES 2017
Scheduled speakers at CES include:
- Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, President and CEO of NVIDIA
- Arnold W. Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation
- Richard Yu, Director and CEO of China’s Huawei Consumer Business Group
- Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation Ltd
- Barry Diller, Chairman of Expedia
- Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated
CES 2016 was a record-breaking show with 177,393 attendees and 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space. Show participants represented 81% percent of the world’s countries. And with 7,545 media representatives at CES 2016, small companies and startups were not overlooked.
According to Randy Fry, president of Fry’s Electronics, “There is no place in the world where you get so much done in so little time. Fantastic show!”
With tech innovation constantly moving forward, the CES is expected to continue for another half century at least. The only question is: What will be the “next big thing” we’ll see 50 years from now?
About the Author
James R. Lint recently retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. He is an adjunct professor at AMU. James has been involved cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service.
Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded the 43th scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and also served 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba in addition to numerous CONUS locations. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” and a new book in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea.”
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