CES 2019 – What I’m Expecting To See


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The largest trade show in North America, CES® (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) starts this week in Las Vegas. The numbers are staggering. There are roughly 4,000 exhibitors hawking their wares to approximately 180,000 people. I’ve been attending the show since 1996, and I can tell you from personal experience, it is one of the most exciting weeks of the year.

According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA, the organization that produces CES), the narrative of CES 2019 is the transition from the “Connected Age,” which the CTA posits will end this year, to the “Data Age,” which it believes will begin in earnest circa 2020.

Turning Data into Action

There are three basic things you can do with data. You can transform it (aggregate, enrich, process, etc.), you can learn from it (perform regressions, cluster, classify, etc.), and you can use what you have learned to make predictions (simulations, optimizations, etc.). There will be dozens of managed service businesses and hundreds of products on display at CES 2019 that do some or all of this.

Where Will All the Data Come From? You

Practically everything on display at the show will have some kind of sensor or create some kind of data point that can be turned into action. This is a primary function of mobile devices, fixed wireless devices, wired devices, IoT, ASR, NLP, Smart Home/Business/City Technologies, and just about every other connected device you can think of.

Every time you use a device or a connected service, you create data. According to IBM, Cisco, and several other big tech companies, we now create something on the order of 1.86 Exabytes of data per hour – and the rate is increasing. According to estimates from the same organizations, the sum total of all data (of any kind) created by humanity prior to 1986 equaled approximately 227 Exabytes. The velocity of data is increasing and, quite clearly, will always increase. You have only yourself to blame.

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