CEDIA 2016: Two Fascinating Keynotes

CEDIA 2016 is now just days away, and in addition to the 500+ exhibitors and hundreds of training sessions, the show’s two keynote speakers are worth a serious look.

CEDIA 2016 is now just days away, and in addition to the 500+ exhibitors and hundreds of training sessions, the show's two keynote speakers are worth a serious look.


The Opening Keynote address for CEDIA 2016 will be delivered by Shelly Palmer, cable-news go-to expert on all things tech and adviser to the C-suite. He'll speak Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the topic of connectivity. By 2020, 50 billion devices will be linked globally — and this presents both opportunities and pitfalls, as Palmer told CEDIA CEO Vin Bruno in a recent conversation:

I will tell you that future smart connected homes have a gigantic problem. The gigantic problem is just because you can doesn't mean you should. Do I care that my toaster oven is connected? I might — [but] is that an integral consumer value proposition to my deciding to wire my house?

Charlie Kindel, Director of Alexa Smart Home at Amazon, will deliver a Friday morning keynote address (8 a.m. CDT) called Creating Voice-First Experiences for the Smart Home. We had a chance to speak with Kindel about the keynote — and about the development of Alexa:

The original inspiration for the Echo was the Star Trek computer. We wanted to create a computer in the cloud that's controlled entirely by your voice — you could ask it things, ask it to do things for you, find things for you, and it's easy to converse with in a natural way. We're a ways off from that, but that was is our vision.

There's still time to register for CEDIA 2016, Sept. 13-17. We'll see you in Dallas.

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