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Robotics trends at #CES2021


Even massive events like the 54th edition of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) have gone virtual due to the current pandemic. Since 1967, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which is the North American trade association for the consumer technology industry, has been organising the fair, and this year was not going to be any different--well, except they had to take the almost 300,000m${} 2$ from CES 2020 to the cloud. In this post, I mainly put the focus on current and future hardware/robotics trends presented at CES 2021 (because we all love to make predictions, even during uncertain times). "Innovation accelerates and bunches up during economic downturns only to be unleashed as the economy begins to recover, ushering in powerful waves of technological change"--Christopher Freeman, British Economist. With this quote, I start the first session on'my show' of CES 2021, 'Tech trends to watch' by CTA (see their slides here).

CES is going online-only in 2021


CES 2021 will go all-digital this year since its organizers feel that's the only way they can protect attendees during the pandemic. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) stages the biggest technology trade show of the year, drawing around 180,000 people to Las Vegas each January. But there will be no physical event in 2021, said CTA CEO Gary Shapiro in an interview with VentureBeat. That's going to be a severe blow to tech marketers who rely on CES to showcase upcoming products at an event that draws tons of press, tech enthusiasts, and buyers. The digital show's new format will still enable exhibitors, attendees, the press, and tech leaders to engage with each other through online talks and virtual meetings, Shapiro said.

Consumer Technology Association develops healthcare AI standard


Billed as the first of its kind, the ANSI-accredited spec defines terms such as assistive intelligence, synthetic data and others related to how artificial intelligence is used in healthcare. The Consumer Technology Association this week announced the development of what it's calling the first-ever ANSI-accredited standard for the use of artificial intelligence in health care. WHY IT MATTERS Part of CTA's new initiative on AI, the standard, developed with input from some 50 tech firms large and small, is meant to define and characterize various aspects of AI in healthcare, and is the first in a series meant to "set a foundation for implementing medical and health care solutions built on AI," according to the CTA. The group points out that, even though AI is now reshaping a wide array of healthcare technologies, many of its key terms are used in different and often confusing ways. CTA convened a working group with 30 members this past year that has since grown to 52 organizations and member companies – all set on developing 11 consensus-built definitions and characteristics to help developers understand AI technologies and terminologies.

This Is The Year Of AI Regulations


The world of artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, and certainly so is the legal and regulatory environment in which it exists. Michael Hayes, Senior Manager of Government Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is focused on these emerging technology challenges that hit up against existing laws and regulations. Michael previously worked on Capitol Hill on patent reform, stopping patent trolls. As part of his current role, Michael makes sure that the emerging policy discussion is framed in a way that makes sure that the technology can thrive and provide competitive advantages for companies implementing them without introducing new risks. There has been a lot of concern about corporation and government's use of data, and the role of privacy.

Google, Amazon and Microsoft give input to new health AI standard -


The US-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has developed the first ever accredited standard for use of artificial intelligence in health care, with input from tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. More than 50 organisations, from tech giants to startups and healthcare industry leaders, have developed the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited quality mark. The standard is part of the CTA's new initiative on AI and is the first in a series that aims to set a foundation for implementing medical and health care solutions built on the technology. One issue that the standard aims to resolve is the way that AI-related terms are used in different ways, leading to confusion, particularly in the healthcare industry. The standard defines over 30 terms including machine learning, model bias, artificial neural network and trustworthiness.

Consumer Technology Association creates standard for AI in healthcare - MedCity News


The Consumer Technology Association rolled out a new standard for the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The standard, based on discussions between more than 50 different healthcare and technology firms, will create a common foundation for new projects using these technologies. The new standard created common definitions for often-debated terms, including de-identified data, remote patient monitoring, and assistive intelligence. It also created guidance to improve the integrity of data used to develop these tools, and to make AI more "trustworthy" by reducing bias. "AI will play a major role in driving efficiency in healthcare and will support clinicians in making more precise diagnosis, offer personalized treatment and better guidance towards improved outcomes," Pat Baird, co-chair of the working group and regulatory head of global software standards at Philips, said in a news release.

Intelligence of Things, AI and 5G to define the technology in next decade


LAS VEGAS: Technology trends in the coming decade will be dictated not by Internet of Things (IoT) but by Intelligence of Things, which means that artificial intelligence will underscore every facet of commerce and culture. The tech influence in human behaviour will move forward in the decade especially with the connectivity agenda getting a massive bump up with 5G, which is being rolled out for over 50 networks worldwide, said the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ahead of its marque consumer electronics event - CES 2020. Content streaming wars, electrification of vehicles along with popularity of in-vehicle tech, emergence of digital health with launch of several fitness apps and devices are also going to be some of the major trends of 2020. "The last decade was about the Internet of Things – but now, we kick off a new decade defined by the Intelligence of Things," says Steve Koenig, vice president of market research, CTA. "Connected intelligence defines today's device ecosystem from consumer favorites such as smartphones and TVs to an expanding universe of smart home solutions making intelligent living spaces a reality. Over the next 10 years, the dynamic of connected intelligence will grow apace with advancing 5G networks and innovative applications of AI to propel the consumer tech industry forward -- and with it consumer experiences, safety, health and more," he added.

CES 2020: The new IoT, or 'intelligence of things', is the major tech trend of the decade


LAS VEGAS - A new idea surrounding IoT will steer how technology will go in the new decade - instead of standing for the Internet of Things, the acronym should stand for the "intelligence of things", said Consumer Technology Association's (CTA) vice president of research Steve Koenig. "This new IoT bears testimony to the extent that artificial intelligence (AI) is permeating every facet of our commerce and our culture. "Now, commerce is pretty well-understood and we endorse that as we want to advance our economies around the world, but culture is really interesting to me as a researcher, because we're talking about technology's influence on human behaviour," he said. He brought up the example of how fast food giant McDonald's is looking at bringing AI-powered voice assistants to its drive-through restaurants in the United States. "People working in fast food - they've got a tough job.

Ivanka Trump's keynote speech at CES 2020 branded an "insult to women" by women in tech


President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump is facing backlash over her "extreme privilege" after the first daughter was invited to participate in a keynote interview at a major technology conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump participated in a keynote session at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday. She discussed the "path to the future of work" with Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which hosts the annual conference. The first daughter had been invited to speak at the conference given her experience helping lead the White House's approach to economic empowerment, job creation and growth. A number of prominent voices in the technology industry, however, were not convinced, with women leaders in tech branding Trump's involvement in the conference "an insult to women in technology."

Cannabis storage device with facial recognition is awarded and then banned by CES 2020

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CES 2020 has had an embarrassing change of heart for the second year in a row after honouring a cannabis-storing keepsafe product with an innovation award and then banning it from the tradeshow floor. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which hosts the annual tradeshow in Las Vegas, awarded Canadian company Keep Labs with an innovation award in the run-up to the tech showcase event, which runs this week. Keep Labs, which uses facial recognition for the secure storage of cannabis in people's homes, was awarded for its'discreet' Smart Storage cannabis box. However, as reported by Tech Crunch, CTA told the company it could only exhibit if the company's signage, marketing materials and product was free from cannabis and associated paraphernalia. This was slightly difficult to accommodate, as the product is dedicated solely to cannabis storage, so Keep Labs therefore decided not to exhibit at CES 2020.