KeenON: CEA's Gary Shapiro on the Digital Revolution in 2015

03/05/2015 11:28 am ET | Updated May 05, 2015

There are few more optimistic thinkers than Gary Shapiro, the CEO and president of the Consumer Electronics Association and the author of "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Companies." Shapiro -- who is also the guy behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- believes 2015 might be the year the digital revolution reaches its tipping point and truly starts to change the world.

New technologies as varied as 3D printing, drones, self-driving cars, and networked clothing, Shapiro thinks, are going to solve many of our most entrenched problems. From hunger and disease to drought and famine, he believes the digital revolution has the potential to fundamentally change the world. Every industry, Shapiro says, is now radically affected by networked technology. And this year it's all coming together to define 2015 as the year of innovation.

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