Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES – the most influential tech event in the world, which provides a platform for manufacturers and developers to showcase emerging technologies, has notified that the 2021 edition, holding from 11 – 14 January, will be an all-virtual event, due to coronavirus.
Every year, thousands of attendees travel to see new emerging tech products and these exhibitions generally set the agenda for what will happen in the industry in the months to come.
This year’s event will feature live-streamed keynotes from big companies like Verizon CEO, Hans Vestberg; Chairman and CEO of General Motor, Mary Barra; CEO, Mastercard, Michael Miebach; and Microsoft President, Brad Smith.
From CMOs and content creators to doctors, engineers, analysts, entertainers, etc, – these tech visionaries and thought leaders will define the way consumers connect, live, receive health care and work remotely.
What to expect in CES 2021
Nairametrics expects that thought leaders will showcase lots of emerging technologies in the health sector, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Health tech and e-smarting Covid
- Since technology has allowed us to stay together while apart, enabling us to continue working, learning, and talking; some companies will showcase a lot of tech products to help people cope and outsmart COVID-19 and working from home.
- There will be more high-tech masks, hands-free devices, smart air purifiers, amongst others.
Remote Work Driving Gaming revenue
- The gaming industry had measure breakthroughs in 2020. This growth was largely catalysed by the pandemic – since people were confined to their homes, most people resorted to buying more games to entertain themselves.
- The most popular video game titles are eclipsing even the biggest movies in their opening weekend sales, and platforms like Twitch and YouTube Gaming are seeing their viewership skyrocket.
- Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will invest heavily in software, subscriptions and content, capitalizing on the rising demand for games, as more people continue to stay at home.
TV and smart home gadgets
- Computer-makers will showcase devices and accessories to make work life easier.
- It took a pandemic to make our homes the center of work, education, shopping, entertainment, and health and fitness. We’ve already seen a glimpse of what technology can do to enhance the at-home experience. With the advent of 8K Ultra HD and NEXTGEN TV, a revolution in TV is coming, and with it will come with advanced display, giving consumers a taste of a truly immersive viewing experience.
The future Of Chip making
- There will be fierce competition from the major chipmakers like Intel, AMD, Nvidia in 2021. The chipmakers power much of the world’s technology.
- The sector will become more competitive as more chip makers will be gunning to build the insides of the next hot device or power a new mega computer.
- Intel Engineer, Craig Raymond and colleagues will be presenting live from Intel’s lab in Oregon, where they will demo several Intel-powered innovations. You will see the latest compute technologies, as they have an unmatched ecosystem where they create world-changing technologies.
The Future of 5G
- High-speed internet is a critical infrastructure for innovation, education, and small business and yet a lot of communities globally can’t access this technology.
- The telecom industry will require massive investment to deploy 5G networks including buying spectrum, upgrading core network software to 5G and installing millions of small cells. There will be a serious race on which telco will be the first to scale 5G.
- Verizon Chairman will talk about the future of 5G at CES.
- Motorola will be unveiling their first 5G enabled phone and there will be a lot of showcase of 5G devices from other companies.
- 5G will unleash a new wave of entrepreneurs and innovators.
Crypto mining to become more valuable
- The last decade has seen crypto mining grow at a groundbreaking speed. As the price of crypto keeps getting higher, we keep seeing a shortage of mining rigs which is beginning to hinder the mining process.
- There is a high demand for bitcoin mining machines, it is left to be seen what lies ahead for crypto mining.
- More computing power will be needed – powerful processors, electricity and sophisticated software are key in breaking even. More software will be created to drive crypto mining. Companies producing this will generate more revenue.
Elon Musk to offer $100 million prize for best carbon capture technology
Elon Musk has announced a donation of $100 million prize money for the best technology that can capture carbon dioxide.
Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk on Thursday took to Twitter to promise a $100 million prize for the development of the “best” carbon capture technology.
Elon Musk wrote in a tweet, “Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology,” details next week.
Carbon capture technology is designed to prevent the release of CO2 generated through conventional power generation and industrial production processes by injecting the CO2 into suitable underground storage reservoirs.
According to Reuters, “Capturing planet-warming emissions is becoming a critical part of many plans to keep climate change in check, but very little progress has been made on the technology to date, with efforts focused on cutting emissions rather than taking carbon out of the air.”
Since the tweet was shared, it has garnered thousands of responses from people because of the jaw-dropping cash prize. A lot of people have started sharing their carbon capture ideas.
The International Energy Agency said late last year that a sharp rise in the deployment of carbon capture technology was needed if countries are to meet net-zero emissions targets.
Newly-sworn-in U.S. President, Joe Biden has pledged to accelerate the development of carbon capture technology as part of his sweeping plan to tackle climate change. On Thursday, he named Jennifer Wilcox, an expert in carbon removal technologies, as the principal deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Besides Tesla, Elon also heads rocket company SpaceX and Neuralink, a startup that is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect the human brain to computers.
Google threatens to remove its search engine from Australia due to media code
Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia due to the media code introduced by the government.
Google said that it will disable its search engine in Australia if the government proceeds with a media code that would force it and Facebook Inc to pay local media companies for sharing their content.
The code requires Google and Facebook to enter mandatory arbitration with media companies if they cannot reach an agreement over the value of their content within three months.
It also requires the platforms to give the news businesses 14 days’ notice of algorithm changes, and non-discrimination provisions have been put in place to stop the tech giants from taking retaliatory action such as removing content or punishing organisations that participate in the code.
Mel Silva, Google Australia and New Zealand VP told Australia’s Senate Economics Legislation Committee today that Google would shut off the search in Australia if the government’s proposed media bargaining code becomes law. According to her, “The code’s arbitration model with bias criteria presents an unmanageable financial and operational risk for Google”
Australia announced the legislation last month after an investigation found Alphabet Inc-owned Google and social media giant Facebook held too much market power in the media industry, a situation it said posed a potential threat to a well-functioning democracy.
Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison said Australia would not respond to the threats as news media companies fired back at suggestions their content did not add value to the platforms. “Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That’s done in our Parliament. It’s done by our government, and that’s how things work here in Australia,” he said. “People who want to work with that, in Australia, you’re very welcome. But we don’t respond to threats.”
What you should know
- Google’s threats follow similar remarks made by Facebook Australia’s managing director, Will Easton in September, who announced plans to remove news articles from the social media’s main app if the media code is passed by Parliament.
- To avoid the operation of the code, Google and Facebook have no option but to cease linking to news altogether. If Google can’t reliably separate news results from other search results, then logically it may have to pull its entire search service from Australia.
- Google’s threat to limit its services in Australia came just hours after the internet giant reached a content-payment deal with some French news publishers.
- This new media code will affect millions of Australians who use Google Search and Facebook every month.
Facebook Oversight Board to review decision to suspend Trump’s account
The decision to suspend Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be examined by an oversight board.
Facebook’s Oversight Board has received a proposal to revisit the decision to indefinitely suspend former US President, Donald Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram.
On January 7, Facebook suspended Trump’s account indefinitely, a decision reached when he incited a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving the country shaken.
Nick Clegg, Facebook VP of Global Affairs and Communications said that the circumstances around Trump’s suspension was an unprecedented set of events that called for unprecedented action and also explained why the Oversight Board would review the case.
“Our decision to suspend then-President Trump’s access was taken in extraordinary circumstances: A U.S. president actively fomenting a violent insurrection designed to thwart the peaceful transition of power; five people killed; legislators fleeing the seat of democracy,” Clegg said. “This has never happened before — and we hope it will never happen again.”
The oversight board was established last year to make the final call on some of the most difficult content decisions Facebook makes. It is an independent body and its decisions are binding — they can’t be overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or anyone else at Facebook. The board itself is made up of experts and civic leaders from around the world with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
According to the Oversight Board, a five-member panel will evaluate the case soon with a decision planned within 90 days. Members will decide whether the content involved in this case violated Facebook’s Community Standards and values. They will also consider whether Facebook’s removal of the content respected international human rights standards, including freedom of expression.
Trump’s case is a big moment for how impactful the board’s decisions will really wind up being. If the board overturns Facebook’s decision, that decision would likely kick up a new firestorm of interest around Trump’s Facebook account, even as the former president recedes from the public eye.
What you should know
- Following the violent attack of the US Capitol building by Trump supporters, Facebook announced the suspension of Trump’s account indefinitely, on allegations of inciting his supporters.
- YouTube also suspended Trump’s channel and removed new content uploaded by Trump’s campaign, citing potential threats of violence.
- Twitter announced it has permanently suspended Trump, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.
- Jack Dorsey, the CEO and founder of Twitter, in his statement, said that the decision to ban Trump from the social network was the right decision, but one that sets a dangerous precedent.