Three Cool Things We Saw at CES 2021: Day 3

LG's CLOi UV-C sanitizing robot

CES 2021: Day 3

The future is definitely here on day 3 at CES 2021. Microsoft president, Brad Smith, uses the company’s keynote speech to ask for restraint when technology becomes a weapon of war. SmoothTalker boosts your 4G and 5G cell phone performance. Lastly, we look at the newest AI-enabled products from LG’s ThinQ and CLOi lineup.

Every year, the world’s biggest and most innovative tech companies converge on Las Vegas for CES. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year is exclusively a virtual event. This isn’t WhistleOut’s first year at CES, but the new format lets us visit even more booths and see more of what’s to come in 2021. There are hundreds of tech companies showcasing next-generation in more than 40 categories.

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Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, standing in front of a photo of the Earth as seen from the moon.

War Games: Microsoft Keynote About Technological Responsibility

Microsoft’s keynote often highlights their greatest strengths but this year chose to address a recent weakness. The keynote started off with Microsoft president, Brad Smith, highlighting a cloud computer farm. A quick tour put an emphasis on security and independence from the local power grid. Then, it pivoted to discuss the responsibility of governments and corporations when using technology as a weapon.

The “SolarWinds Hack” made public in late 2020 exposed American government institutions and companies like Microsoft. The hacking team responsible is widely believed to be the Russian external intelligence service. Although governments will always spy on each other, Brad Smith insisted that indiscriminate attacks should be off the table citing that the recent attack disabled hospitals and the World Health Organization during a pandemic. 

The president of Microsoft also quoted former President of the United States John F. Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech. In particular, he reminds us “…all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man”. War Games — a movie also made…