When people look back at CES 2018 in five or 10 years, it'll be the heavy rain, flash flooding and power cuts that'll stand out more than the tech on display.
While 1.33 inches (3.38 cm) of rain may not sound like a lot, it was a record for the desert city of Las Vegas: The first precipitation in 116 days, and more than one quarter of the city's annual average rainfall in just one day. That led to the 180,000 or so attendees trudging though deep puddles on the show's opening day, followed by an even bigger surprise: A nearly two-hour blackout in large portions of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Demos stopped in their tracks, light shows went dark, and screens stopped glowing. A sudden reminder that even the most innovative technology in the world needs infrastructure to function.Now Playing: Watch this: CES in 90 seconds 1:29
Through it all, though, the show went on. And once again, we got to see a cross-section of the world of technology as we rocket towards the 2020s -- a world in which every device, every vehicle and every person will be interconnected with one another.
Here's how we'll get there.