Las Vegas (NV) - As the Sands hosts a whole series of lock-in pre-CES conferences which you can't get into, even if you've RSVP'd (do I sound bitter?); the expo center and Venetian hotel are gearing up for another event with a major impact upon the technology world: The Adult Entertainment Expo.
As shows go, the AVE probably has more impact on the technology world than CES. CES is about the mode of delivery of content, the AVE charts the content of an industry which has driven technology from the 8 mm handheld camera through VHS and the Internet itself.
In fact, taking a break from the battling ring that is the Sands press room (no wireless, unless you have $400, making Ethernet cables a quite valuable commodity to be fought over) myself and Humphrey Cheung wandered over to the gates of the AVE, due to start here on Thursday.
On their schedule is a conference far, far more interesting - and probably relivent - to the technology crowd: "Technology driving delivery." Compression techniques, DRM, bandwidth, cell phone technology... Take your pick, it's far more interesting than the dry crap a lot of companies are reheating to throw at us again on this end of the nightmare trade show.
It's not that CES shouldn't exist... It's just that it's too massive to be of any use in its current state. The fact that there's half a gaggle sitting around here bickering about internet connections (they've thankfully given us free Wi-Fi as this was being written... Begin online banking) because nobody could get into any of the conferences is testament to that.
The fact that nobody is worried about it, because the press kits will be out 30 seconds after the conferences end, is another good example. For now the smaller, and more entertaining to boot, AVE is probably a better place to find out what the technology of tomorrow will look like.