John Paczkowski

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Comedy Is Not Pretty (And Neither Is CES)

That Steve Martin is on Twitter is a good idea. That he’s taken to tweeting about the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week is a great one. Who better than Martin to sardonically poke fun at the annual gadget bacchanal that promises to launch game-changing technologies but more often than not ends up showcasing derivative ones?

Below, four of Martin’s bulletins, each one of them a taut little send-up of the conference commanding so much of our attention this week.

  • At Vegas Consumer Electronics Show: electronic wired “voice” phone, with “touch” rotary dial surface. Weighs a ton. Wow factor. 3-D.
  • At Vegas Consumer Electronics Show: Saw large wooden device that can fling boulders over castle walls. iPad killer.
  • At Vegas Electronics Show: Pet “cat” that you feed and will “die” if you don’t. Also needs air, kitty litter. Gives birth and has feelings.
  • Report from Vegas Consumer Electronics Show: Saw demonstration of “bow” modular unit that can direct an “arrow” into bale of straw “pad.”

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik