By Jon Keller


BOSTON (CBS) – At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, high-tech stuff is everywhere – and so is danger.

First it was smartphones, our mesmerizing passports to catastrophe. In the years since they became ubiquitous, YouTube viewers have been treated to a steady stream of videos of people walking into walls, tumbling into fountains, plummeting I-Phone over tea kettle onto subway tracks, all because they were lost in their device.

And we continue to dive headfirst into the gadget pool, despite the obvious risks.

Did Santa bring multiple drones to your neighborhood? He did to mine, and now when I walk the dog we both keep a nervous eye to the sky.

The backlash against hoverboards is already underway, and not a moment too soon — or maybe too quickly, if you’re an orthopedic surgeon who needs work.

And the driverless car now seems inevitable, despite some obvious questions, as seen in one TV report out of the Vegas electronics show where a reporter asks his escort as they take a test drive: “How does the car know its red, does it have a camera?” No, replies the vendor, “the traffic light is communicating through Wi-Fi.”

What could possibly go wrong?

Jon Keller

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