039: From The Showroom Floor

We are always looking forward. With our hearts, our minds, and especially the gadgets that dominate our lives. So promising is the allure of What's Next that for a few days in Las Vegas every year, technology companies from around the globe gather to show off their latest, greatest, and experimental devices. It's the Consumer Electronics Show, and since 1967 it has drawn millions of people to the desert to get a glimpse of the future.

At least, that was the idea, back when consumer electronics were still mostly on the periphery of society – strange things that people only interacted with begrudgingly, when they had to.  In 2015, in a world where electronics now dominate most of our daily interactions, the trade show is finding it increasingly difficult to stay relevant.