Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 January 2020

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen queries the necessity of all new tech.

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen queries the necessity of all new tech.


New tech that will change our lives

Technology has changed our lives. We live longer, we travel faster, we only see the tops of teenagers' heads because they're looking down at their phone. If you want to know how technology will change us even further this is the best time of year, the Consumer Electronics Show is taking place is Las Vegas.

Not everything predicted there will come true. I remember watching Tomorrow's World when I was growing up and they had robots that could play snooker. Here we are in 2020 still playing snooker manually like cavemen.

Some of the advancements at this year's show are amazing. Proctor & Gamble have created artificial intelligent that can tell if you have a spot. For years we were worried that AI would rise up against us and enslave mankind but now we realise it'll just be judgemental about our looks.

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LG has released a "rollable" TV that has a flexible OLED screen. It's breakthroughs like this that can really make life easier for burglars.

French startup UrgoTech has created a wearable padded headband that can read your brainwaves. It can aid sleep by measuring your EEG to see if you are right in the head. If you have just spent $600 on a plastic headband to sleep in I think we can already guess.

The best item is the RollBot, invented by the toilet roll company Charmin. If you press a button on an app it will make its way through your home and deliver you an emergency toilet roll for those moments when someone didn't replace the empty one.

Finally, a technology that is useful. This will end all of those domestic rows we have about someone forgetting to put the new roll in the bathroom.

And it will start domestic rows about someone forgetting to stock up the RollBot cupboard.

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