Samsung CEO BK Yoon’s Internet of Things Keynote at CES 2015 (Full Transcript)

Samsung CEO BK Yoon at CES 2015

At this year’s CES 2015 in Las Vegas, on January 6, 2015, Samsung’s CEO and President BK Yoon delivered his opening keynote about the Internet Of Things. Below is the full transcript of the address.


Gary Shapiro – President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

BK Yoon – President and CEO, Consumer Electronics, Samsung

Jeremy Rifkin – President, The Foundation on Economic Trends

Alex Hawkinson – CEO, SmartThings

Hossain Rahman – CEO, Jawbone

Elmar Frickenstein – Senior Vice President, BMW Group


Listen to the MP3 Audio here: CES 2015 Opening Keynote by BK Yoon (Full Version)


Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro.

Gary Shapiro – President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

Good evening and Happy New Year! Welcome to the Pre-Show Keynote for the 2015 International CES.

Now as you know, CES is the world’s premier innovation event and actually this year, it’s poised to shatter some records. There will be more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, over 3600 innovative companies, including 375 startups in a very popular Eureka Park. Indeed, the entire tech ecosystem is here across 20 product categories, nearly 300 conference sessions on new technologies and business models. You will see everything from the Internet of Everything to 4K Ultra HD, sensors, wearable technologies, cybersecurity, 3D printing and more. And of course, we have an exceptional lineup of top executives giving CES keynotes, including Mercedes-Benz’s Dr. Dieter Zetsche tonight, Ford’s Mark Fields, Intel’s Brian Krzanich and top executives on the mobile, technology innovators and brand matters panels. And from Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will also be here on Wednesday to share his vision on crucial technology policy issues.

And now I would like to introduce to you our pre-show keynote for the 2015 International CES.

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BK Yoon is a man who has accomplished many things, including bringing a lot of excitement to the consumer electronics industry. In the world of television — and he started his career by the way as an engineer in television — he has been leading the transformation of the industry with innovations like LED, 3D Smart TVs and now a completely new category curved TVs.

You know it’s little wonder that Samsung has been a market leader for so many years. Actually 9 years. He has also injected poses into home appliances and he has taken the concept of premium to a completely new level with a Chef Collection inspired by Michelin-starred chefs and now he is leading Samsung’s change into one of the most promising markets in the technology industry: the Internet of Things.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming Samsung President and CEO, Consumer Electronics BK Yoon.

BK Yoon – President and CEO, Consumer Electronics, Samsung

Good evening everybody and welcome to the center of the technology universe – to CES.

Many thanks to the Consumer Electronics Association for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s great to be back. A year ago, I spoke about the big megatrends shaping how we used technology.

My topic today is closely related. Arguably it is the most important topic for our industry right now: The Internet of Things (IoT). Many people believe that the Internet of Things or IoT for short, is something that’s in the distant future. It’s not.

You know what a way [to such] this year. It’s 2015 and we are going back to the future. Remember, Part 2 of the Back to the Future movies where time travel is probably still a few more years away. However, some of the futuristic technology in the movie is here already. Large flat screen TVs, multi-screen viewing and video conferencing. And it’s just like that with the Internet of Things. It’s not science fiction anymore. It is science fact.

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