The role of AI and 5G key topics at CES 2019

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LAS VEGAS— More than 4,500 exhibitors showcased the latest tech innovations to some 180,000 attendees across more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space at CES 2019 here Jan 8-11.

"CES showcases the power of innovation to solve global problems and improve lives around the world," Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said in a prepared statement. "The passion, ideas and business connections at CES make this the most significant global tech event - and the most inspirational week of the year."

Karen Chupka, executive vice president, CES, added, "Every business must now embrace technology to succeed. And companies like Procter & Gamble, John Deere and Raytheon proved that at CES 2019."

The CES 2019 keynote stage featured some of the biggest names in tech, including AMD, AT&T Communications, IBM, LG and Verizon. CTA released its 2019 International Innovation Scorecard grading countries on how well they support innovation, and announced it will invest $10 million in venture firms and funds focused on women, people of color and other underrepresented startups and entrepreneurs. CTA also released its newest book, Ninja Future, exploring the skills needed to remain competitive in the rapidly-changing future.

The role of 5G was also discussed. "5G will change everything—5G is the promise of so much more than what we have seen from wireless technology," Hans Vestberg, CEO, Verizon, said during his keynote. Fellow keynoter John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, discussed the company's recent launch of its 5G Evolution network.

CES 2019 also showed how artificial intelligence will influence every aspect of our lives. IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty's opening keynote explored how AI will prove data is the "world's greatest natural resource," enabling revolutions from smart cities to health care, transportation to robotics. During Rometty's keynote, Delta CEO Ed Bastian and Walmart EVP of Food Charles Redfield shared examples of AI and blockchain technology in their businesses.

Eureka Park, the home for startups at CES, featured more than 1,200 companies from over 50 countries offering disruptive innovations, attracting investors and big-name brands. This year Eureka Park which has launched successful companies including Ring, Benjilock and LifeFuels included a pitch competition, sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association Foundation and AARP.

Digital health technologies were another major theme, and attendees experienced the latest advances and trends in health care. Over 260 doctors and other health professionals took part in the Digital Health Summit.

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