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After three hours wandering through endless aisles of gadgets at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology conference, the products start to blend together. Was this automated cat litter cleaner the same one we saw 20 minutes ago? How many internet-connected locks can the world possibly need?

But somewhere between hour four and five, something strange happens. There is a moment of clarity — not about the future of technology, but about who we are right now and what we think is wrong with our lives. We realize that CES is a collection of devices that cash in on our biggest issues, and that we have a ton of them.

Source: CNN Technology

Date: January 17th, 2019

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/tech/ces-2019-gadgets-anxiety/index.html

Discussion

1) Why is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas so important (or not)?

2) Is it ethical of companies “to play on our fears”?

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