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.