In light of the growing public acknowledgement of sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination led by the #MeToo movement, it's probably not surprising that CES 2018 is already being criticized for not including more women as keynote speakers.
In just a few days, upwards of 175,000 industry insiders, exhibitors, and members of the media will once again descend upon Las Vegas in attempts to set the pace of tech for the next 12 months.
Meyhem erupted at CES Wednesday as a power outage in the Central Hall shut down the giant tech conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week.
CNET reports that power failed in parts of the Las Vegas Convention Center's South and Central Halls on the second day of exhibitions. "I don't think there has been a more exciting time to be working in this industry". Huge names, including Samsung, Bosch, LG, and many more are expected to unveil new phones, tablets, smart home devices, appliances and sensors that will likely litter homes in the coming months.
Spending on consumer electronics devices and streaming services in the United States alone was expected to climb slightly more than 3 percent this year to $351 billion, with the number of "connected" devices in the country rising to 715 million from 671 million last year.
"How the hell do you lose electricity at an electronics show?" said James.
In addition to cutting-edge consumer technologies, this year's CES attendees can also - as usual - expect to see offbeat, concept, and unusual innovations.
Samsung introduced new televisions, home appliances, laptops and auto technology, and announced all its consumer products will be AI-enabled by 2020 - and said its Galaxy S9 smartphone will be introduced in February. Companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google will take a break from promoting their own devices to strike up partnerships with third-parties. As AI chips increasingly filter down into consumer-grade products, we definitely anticipate a larger focus on robots at CES 2018. Intelligent speakers, like Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, are "quickly becoming the core foundation of smart homes", he said.
Other devices seemed to extend the definition of smart home to new corners.