The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said “the only constant is change.” Roughly 2500 years later, as we near the close of 2015 and look to the future of technology, I think Heraclitus had it right.
The world is changing quickly — and so are our lives. We drive cars that can brake automatically, because the truck ahead of us warns that we’re too close, and we use smartphones for everything from counting calories to buying stocks. Our cities are more automated than ever before, with smart power grids, intelligent transport systems, and interconnected traffic control. Any way you look at it, technological innovations are arriving almost daily, and rapidly becoming an intrinsic part of our everyday lives.
If we take Heraclitus to heart, and recognize that the only thing we can count on is that things will change, then it seems especially important to manage this ever-present condition so it works for our benefit. As the world gets smarter, we need to be smarter too, and prepare for what’s next. Technological changes, and how we handle them, is what we’ll be talking about in our upcoming panel discussion, to be held at CES2016 in Las Vegas.
The revolution ahead
The panel will focus on two of the most fundamental issues associated with today’s technologies — secure mobility and connectivity — with an emphasis on automotive. We’ll start with a few questions that get right to the heart of the matter, and then see where the discussion takes us:
- How can we trust the technologies we rely on every day?
- How can we defend our digital selves?
- What’s needed to fully realize the potential of new technologies?
The discussion will be led by Stacy Higginbotham of Fortune Magazine and the panel will include experts involved in defining, regulating, and protecting the revolution ahead:
- Lars Reger, Chief Technology Officer of Automotive, NXP Semiconductors
- Ken Leonard, Director of the U.S. Dept of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Join Program Office
- Frankie James, Managing Director, Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office (ATSVO), GM
- Jill Ingrassia, Managing Director, Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy Department, AAA
- Marc-Anthony Signorino, Executive Director for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG, Inc.)
Mark your calendar
The panel will be at CES 2016 on Wednesday, January 6, from 5 to 6 pm in the NXP booth (CP25), which is near the entrance to the main CES Pavilion. There will be a 45-minute discussion followed by 15 minutes for Q&A.
I hope you’ll join us. Drinks and appetizers will be provided, and the panel will be followed by a networking reception, with private access to our IoT truck, a mobile meeting space that offers more than 130 demos of IoT and smart-home applications.
More NXP perspectives
The NXP panel is just one of the places at CES 2016 where you’ll hear what NXP experts have to say about the future of technology. Earlier on Wednesday, for example, Sami Nassar, the NXP VP Cybersecurity will participate in a panel on Personalization and Big Data: Security Consumer Privacy. The panel will examine trends in personalization, including privacy and security concerns, and strategies to balance connected solutions with regulatory limits and consumer concerns. It’s part of the CONNECTIONS Summit, a CES2016 event highlighting the IoT, entertainment, and the connected consumer. You’ll find details at https://www.cesweb.org/Conference/Conference-Tracks/CONNECTIONS™-Summit
Additionally, on Friday, Jeff Miles, NXP VP of Payments will kick off a session at the Digital Money Forum, highlighting the underlying technology behind the current wave of payment systems. Learn more about the Forum at: https://www.cesweb.org/Conference/Conference-Tracks/Digital-Money-Forum