CES 2022 closes one day earlier due to security issues

A display of Samsung Galaxy Book S laptops will be seen on January 10, 2020 on the last day of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A display of Samsung Galaxy Book S laptops will be seen on January 10, 2020 on the last day of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Midt ia wave of personal cancellations in recent weeks from big names ranging from Microsoft to Google and a wave of covid-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, CES 2022, the world’s largest technology fair, cuts a day off its schedule.

In a executive orderst New Year’s Eve, the Consumer Technology Association said that CES 2022 in Las Vegas would only run from 5.-7. January as “an additional security measure” to its current covid-19 protocols. Given the number of technology companies and media, including Gizmodo, who has resolved to go personal in recent weeks, the move is not entirely a surprise.

If anything, it’s a reflection of the intense clash between business and health-both are important, although I would argue that CES in this case is smaller – playing out in society right now.

In this case, the Consumer Technology Association seems to be making a stubborn and ruthless statement: The show must continue despite the furious spread of the virus. On Tuesday, the United States reported a seven-day average of 265,427 new covid-19 cases, new record. Two days later, Thursday, the same record was broken again with an average of 355,990 infections.

Except to list its covid-19 security protocolswhich, to be fair, includes vaccine and mask requirements– The Consumer Technology Association did not mention the record number of cases reported in the US this week. However, it stated that more than 2,200 exhibitors have confirmed that they will attend the event in person.

The association stated in particular that 143 additional companies had signed up to exhibit in person during the last two weeks. Earlier this week informed officials that personal cancellations only accounted for 10% of the show floor.

“As the world’s most influential technology event, CES is steadfast in its commitment to be the rallying point for showcasing products and discussing ideas that will ultimately make our lives better,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. -one announcement. “We are shortening the show to three days and have put in place comprehensive health measures for the safety of all attendees and attendees.”

It looks like there are still plenty of small and medium-sized businesses participating. In addition, major exhibitors such as LG, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung still go personal.

Believe me, I have nothing against CES, and I appreciate that the organizers have made safety and health part of the conversation around the event. Me too as technology and I look forward to watching all the shiny new TVs making their debut in a few days. But I just think it’s disappointing that despite the severity of the current health situation, there are still some entities that claim that things can go a lot the same way they have done in the past.

We all know by now that this is not true.

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