January 8, 2018 | Written by: Laura Langendorf
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What better way to start of 2018 than with this year’s CES. For the past 50 years, it’s been a proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies.
This year, major expectations center around smart cars and (our favorite) the Internet of Things. Of note is the keynote by Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who will share Ford’s vision for designing smart vehicle for smart cities. TVs, of course, are expected to dazzle, while AI is being infused into everything. Plus augmented reality is coming into its own (sorry, virtual reality).
And of course, IBM will be there. At CES 2018, we’re bringing our solutions and our IBM experts to the world’s largest hands-on technology event. It’s all about reinventing consumer experiences through technology. And we’re on the ground covering all the action (or as much as humanly possible while wearing comfortable shoes). Follow us here or join the conversations at #WatsonIoT, #CES2018 and #IBMatCES.
Now, the 5 reasons you should find us at CES
1. Experience the beauty of accessibility with #AccessibleOlli.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center-Grand Lobby, Booth # GL-4
Did you know that in the U.S., over 560,000 people with disabilities never leave home due to transportation difficulties? That’s why it’s so exciting to see the adorable, self-driving shuttle bus, Olli, back at CES. Because this time, he’s got an even bigger mission: “Autonomous for all of us.”
Olli is on a mission: creating the accessible future of autonomous transportation.
On display this year is the culmination of the #AccessibleOlli project. This life-changing project is a crowd-sourced effort to create a revolutionary mode of transport for those with impaired mobility. IBM joined with the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, Local Motors and innovators all over the world to enhance the lives of the elderly and those with disabilities through technology. So visit us for a look at the accessible future of autonomous transportation. Get on board #AccessibleOlli!
2. See IBM technology in action.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center-Central Hall, Booth #11243
Nothing brings new technology to life like a demonstration. And IBM has plenty to offer. Interested in a Watson Primer? Of course, we’ve got that. Stop by and surround yourself with real-world stories that show how Watson is the AI for business.
Blockchain is literally everywhere, including the automotive industry. That’s why you should learn more about Blockchain with ZF. It’s important because it’s the first blockchain-based automotive transaction platform for mobility services. This shared ledger technology will enable secure and transparent in-vehicle payments. That means that motorists can pay for tolls, parking, car sharing and eBattery charging on the go.
See in-vehicle payments at the Partner exhibit areas
And there’s so much more! You’ll see acoustic insights solutions for field service. We’ll also have personalized, proactive and portable experience technologies that will transform your customer relationships. And you’ll find automotive solutions that use Blockchain to enhance parts traceability and recalls. So come talk tech with us.
3. Speakers, speakers, speakers!
CES is all about seeing and learning. And we’ll have expert IBMers on stage throughout the event. So many, in fact, that I’ve created this list. You can hear key trends: from the disruption of Internet TV, to the future of work for humans and machines. There will be presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions, all designed to inform and make you a smarter CES attendee.
There will also be CES SuperSession: Turning AI into New Ways of Doing Business. Join this fireside chat with Beth Smith, General Manager IBM Watson Platform, IBM Fellow Donna Dillenberger and CTO, VP IBM Global Technology Services Bridget Karlin as they discuss Watson and the future of AI.
SuperSession when and where: 2-3 p.m. January 10 at Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N257
4. Experience the future of computing … now.
Where: The Venetian Las Vegas, level 2, Venetian Ballroom, Innovation Awards Showcase, Booth SV-8
It might look like magic, but I guarantee you, it’s even more impressive! Join the IBM Research scientists and experts who are reimagining computing. They’re pioneering quantum computing and advancing AI. And they’ll be on hand to give you a demo and yes … you can even meet a quantum computer. So stop by and see #IBMQ.
5. Because we want to know what IBM can do for you.
There are lots of ways to talk to us at the event. But if you’d prefer to have a one-to-one conversation, or to discuss a specific topic in depth, it’s best to set up a business meeting. That way we can make sure there’s plenty of time to cover everything you need.
IoT is all about great partnerships! Let us know when you’re ready to talk.
Keep in touch with us at CES!
As I said, we’ll in the thick of it at CES. Our goal is bring you behind-the-scenes looks and our unique point of view, including the Olli rider experience. We’ll be tweeting, doing Facebook live “Expect Chats” and … of course … blogging. So if you haven’t already connected with us, find us on Facebook and Twitter, Remember: #WatsonIoT, #CES2018 and #IBMatCES.
Here’s to a great show!