Interesting Facts from Gary Shapiro

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I am only halfway through Gary Shapiro’s book, “Ninja Innovation,” so I really shouldn’t be talking about it at this point but there are so many interesting tidbits that I have to start somewhere. Gary Shapiro is the President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, producers of the Consumer Electronics Show. He wrote this book to underscore the importance of “innovation.”

1. The first Consumer Electronics Show was held in New York City in June, 1967 at the Americana and Hilton Hotels. Attendance was 15,000 manufacturers, distributors, and retailers looking at 100 exhibits occupying a 100,000 square feet.

2. The 2012 International CES in Las Vegas attracted 156,000 attendees and 3,100 exhibits.

3. U.S. factory sales of consumer electronics exceeded $200 billion annually and worldwide sales topped $1 trillion for the first time.

4. The Internet was developed in 1969 by ARPANET, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network which was founded by the United States Department of Defense in 1958 and charged with advanced technology research in the wake of the Russians launching Sputnik. The idea was to provide a decentralized communications network that would not be disrupted by potential global war. Academia became the biggest user of the net with researchers linking up their computers to share data.

5. Thirty-five years passed from the
invention of the Internet to when the
first American heard the famous
words “You’ve got mail.”

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