Workers help set up the Google booth before CES International, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
JOHANNESBURG – One of the biggest showcases in the world for a variety of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies is the yearly International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that was presented by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) from January 7 to January 10 this year at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in the US.

CES is the world’s gathering place for innovators, technology companies and those who build their business on leading-edge technologies. Over the years this global stage has functioned as the “testing” ground for ground-breaking and next generation technologies.

The CES trade show is known to attract many of the world’s powerful business leaders and innovative thinkers.

In order to get an idea of the extent of CES 2020 it is worthwhile to note that it entailed nearly 4600 exhibiting companies taking up 280000 square metres exhibiting space; more than 1000 speakers; and has been attended by more than 180000 industry professionals from about 150 countries.

CES was indeed a window into the future with many new and creative ideas. Not only newly available technology has been covered, but also conceptual designs that will only be available in the next ten to twenty years, such as flying Uber taxis.