i3 | April 05, 2021

Connecting the Tech World

Cindy-Loffler Stevens

The first all-digital CES® 2021 has wrapped confirming this annual global gathering is where the tech world chooses to meet, discover and connect. Audiences heard from the world’s leading tech innovators, exhibitors launched new products, and attendees met with global brands, startups and each other.

The entire tech ecosystem is represented at CES — the proving ground for transformative tech including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), smart home, smart cities, sports tech, digital health and vehicle tech. And non-traditional companies like Deere and Caterpillar also participate in CES. In this issue we examine some of the developments from CES. For example, we view the latest display technologies unveiled at CES, some fueled by AI, and advances for the smart kitchen including the use of robotics, automation and IoT, with devices controlled via a smartphone app.

We examine how technology is revolutionizing the automotive industry and tech developments in the mobility sector. In our Tech for Good feature, we look at the Global Tech Challenge launched at CES 2020, by CES and the World Bank Group. See the three winners of the Gender Challenge that will engage with government and World Bank Group teams to scale their solutions within development projects.

Our cover story profiles OMRON Healthcare President and CEO Ranndy Kellogg who is working to transform the digital health care market by helping to create a future free of heart attack and stroke by changing how people connect with their heart health. He discusses how technology is empowering physicians and patients to better connect, share information and make changes to improve health outcomes.

We also feature an exclusive interview with former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. Pai shares lessons learned from his tenure heading up the FCC. And if you aim to diversify your manufacturing base, Vietnam may be a solution. In our guest blog, read about all of the benefits this country has to offer. In Pipeline, see CTA’s second AI standard addressing trustworthiness that was recently released, ANSI/CTA.2090, The Use of Artificial intelligence in Health Care: Trustworthiness that identifies the core requirements and baseline for AI solutions in health care to be deemed as trustworthy.

And finally our CTA analysts have compiled their top trends from CES in our Market Beat column. Remember to mark your calendars for CTA’s Tech Week, aimed at policymakers and industry leaders, scheduled the week of April 12. The event focused on innovation will be digital this year. However, the programming will inspire, engage and inform CTA members, government officials and press. Join us! 

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