A Preview of Living in Digital Times’ Technology Lifestyle Conferences at 2013 International CES®­: Thirteen Thought Leaders Predict Technology’s Impact on 2013

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Vint Cerf, Arianna Huffington and David Pogue Among Those Looking at the Year Ahead.

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Living in Digital Times’ (LIDT) technology lifestyle conferences and exhibits at 2013 International CES® will bring together more than 230 luminary speakers and 120 cutting-edge exhibitors, discussing the latest hot topics and showcasing the latest innovations in tech for kids, moms, silvers, health, sports and fitness, higher ed, mobile apps and gadgets. As 2012 comes to a close, and we drive (or our cars drive themselves) into 2013, LIDT asked some of the industry’s most well-respected pundits, who will also be headlining various LIDT conferences at CES, to look into their crystal balls and answer this question: What is the greatest impact technology will have on your field in 2013?

“2013 will see significant evolution in the Internet of Things and sensor networks, augmented by new applications for mobiles. Health care will be an important focus," Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Keynote Speaker, Silvers Summit.

“I think the headline issues for 2013 will continue to be the ethics of selling digital content to young children, and the narrowing gap between Android and Apple; a fact that we'll be looking at during our CES panel on children's tablets. Consumers will have more choices -- we'll have a lot to review and talk about,” Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., Editor, Children's Technology Review; Moderator, Kids@Play Summit.

“Technology has played a role in improving performance in sports for many years, but it is only recently that sophisticated technology is being deployed to help athletes play more safely. Advanced sensing on the field can now connect directly to action on the sidelines that will increase awareness, recognition, and proactive management of concussions,” Chris Nowinski, Founder of Sports Legacy Institute and Author of “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis”; Keynote Speaker, Fitness Tech Summit.

“The next year will hold new opportunities -- some we can predict and others we cannot yet imagine -- for individuals, organizations and communities using technology to free us from our addiction to technology, reconnect with ourselves, and help us make the world better,” Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group; Moderator, Digital Health Summit and Silvers Summit.

“Technological advances are having a tremendous impact in the education field. I think that we are only just beginning to take advantage of technology to engage students and to open access to people all over the world. When I think that students in South Dakota or Somalia or South Asia can now access the same lectures by professors from renowned universities around the world, I am excited about the new possibilities that technology allows.” Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; Keynote Speaker, HigherEdTECH Summit.

“As technology evolves, we'll be delivering content to mobile devices that enables people to truly have information at their fingertips. From health data to etextbooks to the latest news and information, our global society will become more like a community. At the same time, mobile/social is expanding our ability to cover news. Anyone with a smartphone or a camera can chronicle news as it happens, and potentially contribute to the national dialogue.” Andrea Smith, Lifestyle Channel Editor, Mashable; Speaker, MommyTech Summit.

“2013 will be the year of “more of the same.” In consumer tech, that means more battles among tablet makers and touchscreen phone makers. Online, that means more threats to our privacy, and more pushing back by consumers and legislators. In families, it means a continued quest for balance between screen time and face time. As always, the way to survive is to do everything in moderation, take everything with a grain of salt, but keep your eyes open to new possibilities!” David Pogue, Tech Columnist, The New York Times; Keynote Speaker, Kids@Play Summit.

“New technology will rewire the global brain. It will give a new identity to human beings that will transcend ethnic, national and religious boundaries and will open up an era of bio regulation for not only our own well-being, but for the entire ecosystem. It will ultimately expand into exploring the frontiers of space so we can become denizens of the cosmos. It will lead to an era of mystery, adventure, magic and creativity that even Homer never dreamed of,” Deepak Chopra, MD, Co-author of “Super Brain” and Founder of The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Center; Speaker, Digital Health Summit and Silvers Summit.

“It’s clear that the future is a multi-sensor world. A single accelerometer is too primitive and leaves much to be desired. From skin temperature, skin conductance, heart rate, or heart rate variability, we are only scratching the surface, and in the future, the amount of data and the improved accuracy will astound us,” Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures; Keynote Speaker, FitnessTech Summit.

“Video is no longer an option in the marketplace. It’s a necessity. The growing ease and accessibility of watching video across multiple platforms or, as we call it, “video everywhere,” creates an interactive link between the media-savvy consumer and the business that still images and text can’t accomplish on their own. According to stats from CMI/MarketingProfs, in 2013, 70% of content marketing tactics will be video-based (as opposed to just 52% in 2011),” Carol Campbell, Publisher of CustomRetailer and CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles, and Founder of Women in CE; Moderator, MommyTech Summit.

“2013 will be the perfect storm for advances in education. The ubiquity of computers and Internet connections, driven by a new class of education software based on brain science, will allow companies to fundamentally transform the way the world learns,” Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, Current CEO of BrainRush; Keynote Speaker, Kids@Play Summit.

“The health care system is undergoing a substantial transformation, with technology and innovative collaborations playing crucial roles in that process. The technologies and collaborations being showcased during CES are taking important steps to enhance the health system, promote consumer engagement and empower people to take charge of their personal health like never before,” Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group; Speaker, Digital Health Summit.

“Smaller, wearable devices that manage everything from our clothing’s warmth to our oven’s temperature to our auto’s destination will continue to redefine how we live our lives. (Now, can they just do something about battery life?)” Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times.

For a complete list of speakers and conference agendas, go to http://www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 International CES will occur January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Living in Digital Times
Living in Digital Times produces conferences and exhibits throughout the year that bring together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations that intersect technology and lifestyle. Among their many goals is to help companies understand what it means to be a consumer in today’s digital world and stay a step ahead in identifying key trends in their given marketplace. Living in Digital Times produces the following summits and exhibitions at 2013 CES: CloudBase3, Digital Health Summit, Silvers Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, HigherEd Tech Summit, Kids@Play Summit, MommyTech Summit, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Mommy Tech FashionWare Show and KAPi Awards. Go to http://livingindigitaltimes.com for additional information.

About CEA
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $206 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online: http://www.CE.org and http://www.DeclareInnovation.com. Follow CES at http://www.CESweb.org.

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