An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company’s distinctive lens Every January, the annual Consumer Electronics Show snaps the tech press out of its holiday stupor to fly to Las Vegas and walk through aisle after aisle of new televisions, robots, and plain old weird gadgets that are all billed as the next big thing. I’ve been to CES. Many times. And I can tell you, the sheer corporate thirst on display is exhausting. But I’ll also admit, there is almost no better portrait of our times than when businesses reflect our values back at us in the form of must-have products. No year was that more clear than it was this year, with gadgets that have been designed, not just with normal iterative improvements in mind, but with the promise to filter our unbreathable air or critique our self-pleasure. Talking to experts across food, architecture, and design late last year, they all agreed that the environment would be the chief focus of design for the next decade. We’re seeing that play out at CES this year in a variety of dystopia-ready products—the sorts of things that would have been hard to imagine even existing a f...