Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Work and the Laptop Landscape

Overview CES Tech Talk podcast, now in its sixth season, features interviews with industry experts who bring you an insider’s look at what to expect at CES 2023 in January. New episodes drop weekly; subscribe via your favorite podcast platform for the latest updates. This week’s topic offers an insiders look at the new Lenovo ThinkBook. With a single device, users can work smarter without sacrificing mobility, functionality or style. Lenovo’s Tom Butler offers behind-the-scenes insights.

Lenovo is back this year at CES with a strong story to tell about power computing for the high-performance sole proprietor or small business. In addition to sleek style, the ThinkBook works hard, doing double duty as a laptop, tablet and more. The objective is to empower individuals, as well as small-to-medium-sized businesses, with a new way to work via a device built for a growing hybrid workforce. Tom teases what’s ahead at CES in episode 11, Lenovo ThinkBook: AI Inside, Style Outside, of the CES Tech Talk podcast series.


  • Beyond extensive research and development, ThinkBook design was heavily informed by feedback from user communities and online surveys
  • AI augments the ThinkBook Plus line – the devices are designed to become more aware of how and why they’re being used, and can adjust dynamically based on the user’s needs
  • Considering how tech consumers work today, and as remote work evolves, Lenovo equipped the ThinkBook Plus line with a unique display on the outer laptop lid so that, when it’s closed, the laptop functions as a tablet
  • Lenovo is sensitive to users’ wellbeing, as well as to sustainability – devices are eye-safe certified and the company is, among other initiatives, going plastics-free in packaging

They Said It

There's a running joke in my household that I'm living in the future because I really never know what year I'm in at the time because I'm always focused two to three years, four years out. So even while we're sitting in the beginnings of '23, I'm focused on '25, 2026.

Tom Butler (00:00)

[W]e have fast-forwarded our platforms…to bring in different capabilities such as higher performance cameras, or better quality cameras, AI capabilities on the device to help with noise cancellation, removing some of the visual or auditory distractions out of background, such that you can best present yourself when joining into these collaborative virtual [meeting] discussions

Tom Butler (10:15)

Lenovo at CES 2023

CTA member Lenovo has a presence, and meeting space, at LVCC Tech West and Venetian Expo, Bassano 2601.

Tom Butler, Executive Director of Global Commercial Portfolio and Product Management, Lenovo

With a tech career at the senior level spanning more than two decades, Tom joined Lenovo in 2005. A product and brand expert, he served in a variety of leadership roles for Lenovo ranging from strategic portfolio planning to enterprise brand management before rising to his current position. Prior to joining Lenovo, Tom held engineering and technical project management positions for enterprises that included Cisco Systems and Ericsson USA.

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