AI Visionary Sam Altman’s Absence At CES 2024 Sets Stage For Dominance Of Generative AI

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Expect a tsunami of Generative AI announcements and demonstrations, with companies eager to showcase devices compatible with Altman’s innovations.

According to reports from Reuters, Sam Altman, the visionary figure behind the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, is set to be noticeably absent from the highly anticipated Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024. Despite CES traditionally serving as a platform for leading tech giants to showcase their latest innovations, Altman, often regarded as a driving force in the AI sphere, will not be in attendance. It predicts that AI-centric technologies will take centre stage more prominently than in the previous year’s event. In 2023, the public was seemingly deprived of the overwhelming flood of AI announcements that had become customary, as noted by Anshel Sag, a principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Sag emphasised the upcoming “tsunami” of Generative AI announcements and demonstrations expected at the show.

Maribel Lopez, a tech analyst at Lopez Research, concurs with this outlook, proclaiming that 2024 will be the year of AI’s ubiquity. She suggests that businesses failing to integrate AI into their products will find themselves irrelevant in the tech landscape. Comparing Altman’s influence to Steve Jobs’s on Apple, Reuters highlights that, much like Apple continued to hold sway at CES even in Jobs’ absence, numerous companies are eager to showcase devices compatible with Altman’s AI innovations. It further emphasizes that CES 2024 will feature AI integration across various products, from vehicles and scooters to headphones, cameras, speakers, and TVs. These AI solutions will unlock new ways to interact with ChatGPT-like question-and-answer services through voice commands.

The significance of AI advancements is expected to soar with companies like AMD, Qualcomm, and Intel preparing to launch processors that enable enhanced AI services and efficiency. These chips are set to improve the responsiveness of computer vision, voice-to-text services, and generative computing, enabling AI tasks to be executed locally rather than relying on cloud servers. Notable innovations slated for CES 2024 include Bosch’s almost imperceptible gun-detection device, employing auditory and visual AI for proactive school safety, and NEC’s AI software capable of assessing vital signs and mental states based on pupil conditions and facial patterns.

Moreover, manufacturers of PCs and smartphones are anticipated to demonstrate how AI is integrated into their devices, with Microsoft revealing the inclusion of a new AI button on the Windows keyboard. Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association responsible for organizing CES, believes that although AI-driven gadgets will shine at this year’s event, AI will eventually become commonplace and blend seamlessly into daily life, akin to the internet. He emphasizes that understanding how companies harness Generative AI will be particularly fascinating. While AI-powered computer chips emulating human interactions are expected to be a highlight, CES 2024 promises a plethora of other trends to watch out for. CES 2024 is scheduled to take place from January 9 to 12 in Las Vegas, with live streams beginning as early as Monday, January 8. The public CES exhibit floor will be open from January 9 to January 12, 2024, offering a firsthand look at the cutting-edge technologies shaping the future.

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