“Technology is Accelerating”

By Carol Campbell
Published on: November 11, 2017

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I am just back from an amazing week in NYC topped off by attending The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Hall of Fame annual awards dinner. 12 industry leaders for the class of 2017 were inducted into the prestigious Consumer Technology (CT) Hall of Fame – CTA created the Hall of Fame in 2000 to honor industry visionaries and pioneers.

Innovators/Technologists
Dean Kamen, FIRST, Segway
Ray Kurzweil, Google

Founders/Executives
Arlene Harris, GreatCall
Mike Lazaridis, BlackBerry/RIM

Retailers/Distributors
Mitch Mohr, Celluphone
Charles Tandy, Tandy/Radio Shack

Industry Advancement
Darrell Issa, Congressman, Directed Electronics
Marcia Grand, TWICE

Team: Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione/Dr. Hiroshi Yasuda, JPEG/MPEG
Team: Frank McIntosh/Gordon Gow, McIntosh Laboratory

The inductees are selected by a group of media and industry professionals, who judge the nominations submitted by manufacturers, retailers and industry journalists. It was an honor to participate as a judge for the first time this year. The process is steeped in industry history and the wealth of information from my fellow judges provided a priceless education.

The event itself is an elegant evening held at the Rainbow Room, atop 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Most memorable is the opportunity to hear firsthand so many stories of dauntless inventors, engineers, retailers, journalists and entrepreneurs who conceived, promoted and/or wrote about the innovative technologies, products and services that connect and improve the lives of consumers around the world.

Concluding the evening, futurist, inventor, author and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil accepted his award and then gave a few predictions on where he sees the industry heading. He said, “Technology is accelerating. It’s growing exponentially. Technology is also miniaturizing. We will have devices that are as powerful as our cell phones today that are the size of blood cells in the 2030s, and they will go through our blood stream, keeping us healthy.”

He went on to state, “Technology has been making life better. Over the next decade with biotechnology, we will get little devices that are robotic, intelligent and can augment our immune system. I think the future is going to be dramatically better. Despite the darkness that I’ve alluded to – there’s still a lot of human suffering – it is the advance of these exponential technologies that is going to help us overcome age old afflictions like disease, poverty and environmental degradation. If we keep our focus on both the promise and the peril, we’ll have a very bright future.”

Go here to read for yourself the background of each inspirational honoree.

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is the Managing Director of the Technology Insider Group. She is a publishing, marketing and women’s thought leadership executive with a history of offering outstanding presentation, communication and cross-cultural team management skills. She is also the Executive Director of the Women In Consumer Technology organization.

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