16 January 2019

CES 2019: A Visual Anthology

The premier conference of the consumer electronics industry, CES provides some of the world's largest firms with a chance to debut new products and showcase conceptual and experimental products on the bleeding edge. More than 50 years after its founding, the event formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show brings thousands of people to Las Vegas each year. Chinese and U.S. companies are increasingly competing in the realm of consumer electronics, but many European countries are becoming concerned about the privacy implications that new technologies present. As technology continues to advance and open up new possibilities, the implications for security, transport, privacy and banking are shaping and are being shaped by the world of geopolitics.

Many of the world's largest technology firms use CES to showcase prototypes of their latest products, as well as their plans for future offerings. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Automated vehicles are one of the most important emerging technologies because of their potential to revolutionize not only the way people travel but also how goods and commodities are shipped around the world. (JUSTIN SULLIVAN/Getty Images)

The use of industrial robots is changing the way manufacturing is done and making the process less reliable on human labor as robots continue to become more intelligent. Further technological advances could eliminate the need for some companies to move operations overseas in pursuit of cheaper labor markets.(DAVID BECKER/Getty Images)

Tech companies are becoming more politically entangled as their technologies gain new, geopolitically relevant applications. Huawei in particular has come under scrutiny in the United States and the West due to suspicions that the company is beholden to the Chinese government. (DAVID BECKER/Getty Images)

The next few years will be crucial for the future of 5G technology as companies compete for government contracts and begin rolling out new networks. The new and improved network capabilities will not only provide more of the bandwidth necessary for multimedia applications but will also reduce latency enough to enable the tactile internet -- opening the door to applications such as remote surgery. (DAVID BECKER/Getty Images)

Smart displays and smart speakers provide convenient solutions for many users, but they open the door for hackers and governments looking to attain private data by illicitly accessing speakers and cameras connected to such devices. (DAVID BECKER/Getty Images)

Robots are rapidly gaining skills in dexterity, movement and motion tracking, which will enable them to have new applications. They will likely have additional uses on the factory floor and the battlefield. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

As tech companies create new ways to interact with customers and allow them to make purchases, they are amassing massive amounts of data that can be used to streamline processes, attract new customers and even eliminate some service industry jobs. (ROBERT LEVER/AFP/Getty Images)

The transportation sector is in the early stages of moving toward electric vehicles. As the cost of battery technology declines, fleets are becoming more electric, and many companies are leaving the internal combustion engine behind. (JUSTIN SULLIVAN/Getty Images)

Robots such as Hyundai's Elevate could soon be used to improve the mobility of elderly or disabled people. Such solutions could fine a home in countries such as Japan, where the demographic shifts and an aging population pose a potential problem for the country's economy.

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