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Jan 11, 2019 | 12:00 GMT

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CES 2019: A Visual Anthology

Attendees arrive on Jan. 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where preparation is underway for the CES 2019 technology show.
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Editor's Note

The premier conference of the consumer electronics industry, CES provides some of the world's largest firms with a chance to debut new products and showcase conceptual and experimental products on the bleeding edge. More than 50 years after its founding, the event formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show brings thousands of people to Las Vegas each year. Chinese and U.S. companies are increasingly competing in the realm of consumer electronics, but many European countries are becoming concerned about the privacy implications that new technologies present. As technology continues to advance and open up new possibilities, the implications for security, transport, privacy and banking are shaping and are being shaped by the world of geopolitics.

A vendor demonstrates the CareOS smart mirror at CES Unveiled, the preview event for CES 2019, on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas.

Many of the world's largest technology firms use CES to showcase prototypes of their latest products, as well as their plans for future offerings. 

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Cameras are visible on the exterior of an Nvidia self-driving car inside the company's booth during CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8.

Automated vehicles are one of the most important emerging technologies because of their potential to revolutionize not only the way people travel but also how goods and commodities are shipped around the world. 

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A robotic arm is used to demonstrate artificial intelligence in manufacturing at the IBM booth at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8.

The use of industrial robots is changing the way manufacturing is done and making the process less reliable on human labor as robots continue to become more intelligent. Further technological advances could eliminate the need for some companies to move operations overseas in pursuit of cheaper labor markets.

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An attendee walks by the Huawei booth at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8.

Tech companies are becoming more politically entangled as their technologies gain new, geopolitically relevant applications. Huawei in particular has come under scrutiny in the United States and the West due to suspicions that the company is beholden to the Chinese government. 

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Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg delivers a keynote address at CES 2019 at the Venetian Las Vegas hotel on Jan. 8.

The next few years will be crucial for the future of 5G technology as companies compete for government contracts and begin rolling out new networks. The new and improved network capabilities will not only provide more of the bandwidth necessary for multimedia applications but will also reduce latency enough to enable the tactile internet -- opening the door to applications such as remote surgery. 

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An LG CLOi robot is displayed at the company's booth at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8.

Smart displays and smart speakers provide convenient solutions for many users, but they open the door for hackers and governments looking to attain private data by illicitly accessing speakers and cameras connected to such devices. 

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A man plays table tennis with the Omron Orpheus AI table tennis tutor robot at CES 2019 consumer electronics show on Jan. 8.

Robots are rapidly gaining skills in dexterity, movement and motion tracking, which will enable them to have new applications. They will likely have additional uses on the factory floor and the battlefield. 

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Pepper of SoftBank Robotics (left) and Tally of Simbe Robotics (right) are teaming up to work with retailers. Pepper interacts with customers while Tally scans the shelves to monitor inventory levels in this demo from SoftBank at CES 2019 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8.

As tech companies create new ways to interact with customers and allow them to make purchases, they are amassing massive amounts of data that can be used to streamline processes, attract new customers and even eliminate some service industry jobs. 

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The vice president of consumer portfolio management at Harley-Davidson, Marc McCallister (left), talks about the the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle with Panasonic North America Chairman and CEO Tom Gebhardt during a Panasonic event for CES 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas.

The transportation sector is in the early stages of moving toward electric vehicles. As the cost of battery technology declines, fleets are becoming more electric, and many companies are leaving the internal combustion engine behind. 

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The Hyundai Elevate, an "ultimate mobility" concept vehicle, is displayed during a Jan. 7 news conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Robots such as Hyundai's Elevate could soon be used to improve the mobility of elderly or disabled people. Such solutions could fine a home in countries such as Japan, where the demographic shifts and an aging population pose a potential problem for the country's economy. 

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