Story Lines That Will Be the Most Relevant at CES 2017

ANALYSIS: VR, AR, AI assistants and IoT security will be talk of the show as consumer tech provides innovation for the workplace

The International Consumer Electronics Show 2017, which opens Jan. 3 in Las Vegas, is expected to attract 177,000 attendees for its five-day run at several locations in the desert city.

This is the only time in the year in which one will see widely disparate companies such as Ford, Lenovo, Seagate LaCie, Dok Wireless, Dell, Skybuds, GDU Drones and a gazillion others all within walking or Uber distance of each other at the Convention Center and a dozen other places.

Comfortable shoes, hiking or whatever, are definitely in order if you want to see enough of this event to make it worth your while.

CES is all about devices, whether for consumer or business use. Yes, “Consumer” is the “C” in the title of the show, but so many personal devices now are used in business environments that the nickname “CES” is outdated.

CES 2015 crowds

Innovation Still Emanating from Consumer IT

Artificial intelligence in just about everything, virtual reality, the internet of things, voice control of everything, connected autos, drones, video gaming, streaming and conventional television, security of devices and systems at all levels, and the usual crazy inventions that one would never expect are the main themes.

At eWEEK, however, we look first at the enterprise side of IT, fully realizing that a high percentage of new ideas that come into it originate in the consumer development world. After all, if there’s such a thing as “quick money” and control for software developers–and if they are lucky on what they focus–the consumer app world is a much more likely place for that to happen.

Dublin, Ireland-based Accenture is one of the world’s largest and most successful IT integrators, employing more than 394,000 professionals in 120 countries worldwide. This outfit knows where the trends are, because they’re always working on new installations of all types.

John Curran, Managing Director of Communications, Media and Technology at Accenture, assessed the most important themes of this year’s CES and sent the following information in short bites to eWEEK

Top Stories

  • “Artificial Intelligence Mindset”
  • “Think Intelligent Assistants”
  • “Still a Very Big Thing: The Insecurity of Things”
  • “Facing Virtual and Augmented Realities”
  • “At Your Services”


Story One: Artificial Intelligence Mindset

Curran: “Thinking artificial intelligence is doing to be the prevailing mindset at CES 2017.”

  • Artificial intelligence has been a growing storyline at CES in the past few years. But at CES 2017 it will be a more dramatic and pervasive story them than at any previous CES. In fact, AI could very well be “The Story of the Show.”
  • Expect AI stories focused on experiences powered by AI though not necessarily visible to the consumer. This story is about the convergence of AI capabilities, such as machine learning, natural language processing, and analytics, that spawn more fidelity and more personalized responses.
  • AI uses software algorithms and programs to make computers think, predict, learn, and solve problems more like humans to create more efficiencies and other benefits in peoples’ lives. Thus far this goal has not be completely achieved because computer intelligence hasn’t attained human levels of intelligence. But various types of substantial progress is being made towards this end.
  • Expect to hear about more new AI applications technologies, products, services and applications than you ever have at this event. These would include AI applications for the automotive, smartphone, robotics, and health and fitness markets.
  • There will be stories focused on experiences powered by AI though not necessarily visible to the consumer. AI is becoming a key part of the infrastructure of the consumer electronics market. Anticipate stories about new robotics process automation technologies that can be used to accelerate manufacturing of consumer electronics products such as smartphones.
  • Look for news about AI use in smartphones to ascertain that you have a defect and alert you to this problem. You may receive an ad on your fitness monitor of high relevance to you.
  • AI can use historical data and trends to predict the future such as peoples’ buying behaviors. For example, the consumer electronics industry is already leveraging machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, to increase the number of consumers reached with well-targeted advertisements. You will see how the technology more fully integrates into our lives.
  • The AI market is riding a fast growth trajectory. By changing the nature of work and spawning a new relationship between people and machines, Accenture research finds that AI could double annual economic growth rates by 2035 and boost labor productivity by up to 40 percent.
  • AI will: 1) enhance lives of humans and drive tremendous economic growth in the process; 2) transform business processes by making them more intelligent; and 3) provide a more effective way for humans to interact with machines to allow us to take maximum advantage of a machine’s data processing capabilities
  • According to BofA Merrill Lynch Global research, the U.S. AI and robot market is estimated to be $153 billion by the year 2020 — $83 billion for robots and $70 billion for AI.

Story Two: Intelligent Assistant on page 2…

Originally published on eWeek