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Cisco Live: Who Needs Flying Cars?

LAS VEGAS -- Cisco Live -- In the middle of a virtual reality demo of the Internet of Things for transportation, my smartwatch buzzed my wrist with a notification from the real world. Later, I got into a spirited disagreement with a woman from a company called Gupshup about how much personality chatbots should have.

"We're living the future!" I thought, and used my pocket computer, connected to a global wireless network, to instantly shared the insight with thousands of friends all over the world.

We're almost never amazed anymore by technology miracles like IoT, chatbots and wireless networks. We take them for granted. And yet, as Yvette Kanouff, SVP/GM service provider business for Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), observed at a Thursday session here, it's up to service providers to deliver the bandwidth to make it all go. "It's wonderful for the world to talk about how everything, everywhere is going to be connected, but the pressure is on us to provide the bandwidth and make it work," she said.

Cisco Live is the company's annual conference for its enterprise customers. Light Reading was there with its trusty camera. Here's some of what we saw.

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A performance worthy of a Vegas show got the crowd of 28,000 warmed up for CEO Chuck Robbins's keynote. I shot this photo about a half-hour before the keynote began; by the time it started, every seat in the arena was filled. One of those giant white 10-foot globes almost beaned me on the head while I was distracted by my camera.
A performance worthy of a Vegas show got the crowd of 28,000 warmed up for CEO Chuck Robbins's keynote. I shot this photo about a half-hour before the keynote began; by the time it started, every seat in the arena was filled. One of those giant white 10-foot globes almost beaned me on the head while I was distracted by my camera.

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kq4ym 7/28/2016 | 1:20:39 PM
Re: First photo It looks like the 28,000 had a great time there with some spooky stuff added for enteratinment; long hotel hallway, VR glasses, people floating in the air, and hot steamy nights and hotter days! 
Joe Stanganelli 7/25/2016 | 11:19:30 AM
Re: First photo Except the balls aren't mirrored.
Mitch Wagner 7/18/2016 | 9:28:15 PM
Re: Missed the best pix... I'll do my best to get closer to the line of fire next time. 
Mitch Wagner 7/18/2016 | 9:27:46 PM
Re: :) I'm looking forward to seeing my teen-age neighbors taking the family flying car out for a spin. 

Looking forward to seeing it from a distance, that is. 
Mitch Wagner 7/18/2016 | 9:26:50 PM
Re: Count 'em I'd hate to single any out, particularly the Justin Bieber fans on Twitter. 
mendyk 7/15/2016 | 1:51:40 PM
Count 'em Thousands of friends? What are their names?
RJones61 7/15/2016 | 12:51:53 PM
:) I think that flying cars will be something usual in 10-15 years from now. I can't wait!
cnwedit 7/15/2016 | 12:01:41 PM
Missed the best pix... ...I want the one of the big white ball almost hitting Mitch on the head. 
Kelsey Ziser 7/15/2016 | 11:31:53 AM
Re: First photo Is the Cirque du Soleil peformance a metaphor for network flexibility/agility?
iainmorris 7/15/2016 | 11:29:20 AM
First photo Looks like a 1980s school disco. Not that I'm that old, of course.
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