CES 2018 predicts we'll have our heads in the clouds for a long time to come

The message of this year's CES seems to be that cloud computing, fast internet, and a connected device are all we need

The annual consumer gadget extravaganza, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is underway in Las Vegas and the overriding theme is that with super fast internet connection, a tuned in device, and access to the cloud, there’s very little we won’t be able to do.

One of the world´s largest trade shows, CES is drawing around 170,000 people and 40,000 exhibitors around the world showing off their wares in robotics, digital health, artificial intelligence, sports, traffic, recycling and more. The message seems to be that technology will not only give us bigger and snazzier screens. It can end urban congestion, treat cancer and depression, and help us live better lives.

Yes, all we need is the cloud. But technology has its flaws as was so hilariously illustrated in a pre-event news conference when an LG's executive was left red-faced as the company’s new service robot ignored his commands. The company boasted that CLOi voice assistant robot, that looks likes an IKEA lamp and EVE from WALL-E had a baby, could tie together all of its touchscreen fridges, rose gold AC units and smart washing machines. It didn’t do any of that. It just sat there like a confused IKEA lamp. The golden rule of live performance was to never work with animals or children. In the 21st Century, robots have to be added to that list of unruly sidekicks.

The embarrassing moment highlighted how technology can, and frequently does, go wrong. We are being promised a utopian—or dystopian depending on your persuasion—future of a connected everything, where people won’t do anything but sit around and look at their screens—again like WALL-E—but what happens when the WiFi cuts out?

A good internet connection, a device, and access to the cloud offer us a lot. It is these three areas where the tech industry is putting all its attention. But most people don’t understand what’s on offer or what’s at stake.

A new report from Kaspersky Lab is calling attention to a growing problem that it calls the “cloud zoo:” A morass of data that businesses simply can't wrap their IT departments around. Today, 42 percent of cloud-utilizing enterprises don’t know where their data lives, which means they don't know if it’s secure. They also don’t understand who is responsible for its security.

Nearly half of enterprises and SMBs have suffered a data theft from a third-party cloud host, and most don't realize that those providers aren’t responsible for data theft.  Growth of the cloud has led to a blurring of who is responsible. Businesses think it's their cloud providers, but contracts often specifically state otherwise.

Don’t throw your data into this grey area without protecting it. Take charge of your cloud and make it secure with get2Clouds® from NOS Microsystems. The secure messaging app and cloud transfer service where every action is encrypted making it the safest way to communicate and share files online. Now pass me my TV glasses, CLOi, I wanna watch my stories. And get me a beer, it’s almost noon… CLOi… CLOi?