Within the next three to five years, I envision literally hundreds of devices in the home will be connected: multimedia, thermostats, light switches, security systems, irrigation systems, white goods and automobiles.
This year's massive consumer electronics show had plenty of shiny new screens, tablets, and ultra-books. But if you looked closely, the star of the show wasn't the hardware -- it was the emergence of the connected world that is changing the way we live.
Remember when a day at the beach meant getting away from it all, including the phone? I don't either. While I'm all for disconnecting, that definitely doesn't mean leaving any of my beloved electronics behind.
With conflict minerals the U.S. is in a unique position because our economic influence to combat the illicit minerals trade provides the missing leverage for leaning on the Congolese state to deliver meaningful security sector reform.
I dream of the day when electronics companies fully commit to tracing, auditing, and certifying the minerals they use in their products, and rape minerals are successfully excluded from the marketplace.
It's worth delving into the less obvious links between mineral resources and instability in eastern Congo to illustrate the potentially grave effects of a gold, lithium, or niobium rush in Afghanistan.
Attention technophiles: the Masters Golf Tournament is being broadcast in 3D! Imagine seeing every blade of grass come to life. Who needs Avatar when you have a Tiger on the course? You have got to be kidding.
The introduction of the Conflict Minerals Trade Act means Congo activists have bipartisan legislation percolating in the Capitol, which could cut armed groups and rights abusers out of the supply chain for our cell phones and laptops.