Given how fast paced and diverse the SXSW Interactive conference is – it’s difficult (almost impossible) to write a retrospective blog – especially considering there are 3,000 submitted sessions and it’s only feasible to make it to about 20-30.
I thought it better to just include some snippets.
The SXSW Interactive 2015 snippets
In no particular order…
|This is the 22nd year for the SXSW Interactive conference. www.sxsw.com/interactive|
|The 2015 keynotes were from:Paola Antonelli MoMA|
|Meerkat is the breakout app of the conference. Broadcasting of video content.|
|The main takeaway from the conference for me was “machine intelligence becomes a reality”.|
|Martine Rothblatt thinks we will all have mind-clones one day, when our identities transcend physical and digital, that will be able to make decisions for us.|
|Wolfram Alpha is coding new versions of itself using itself.|
|Jibo creator @cynthiabreazeal thinks that companionship doesn’t necessarily need to be with a human. For instance think of pets.|
|Stephen Wolfram @stephen_wolfram thinks that we will never be able to replace code with natural language as it isn’t precise enough for symbols / symbology.|
|Astro Teller @astroteller thinks that if you’re not making some mistakes, you’re not pushing hard enough.|
|Our cars sit idle 97% of the time. Uber is trying to improve the efficiency of car asset utilisation.|
|25% of American’s don’t have an internet connection.|
|McLaren F1 team are taking their High Performance Teams into other dimensions… health, pharmaceuticals, bobsledding, bike riding. Control systems with feedback loops.|
|Uber is starting to change city planning laws about parking requirements in San Francisco.|
|Hugh Herr @hughherr created a robotic fish that was based on flesh, that could swim, and lived for 48 hours.|
|Hugh Herr has created leg augmentations (BiOM) to replace the legs he lost in a mountain climbing accident.|
|Bill Gurley @bgurley thinks that we aren’t in a tech valuation bubble but a tech risk bubble.|
|Larry Lessig @lessig is trying to change the way US elections are run.|
|Biz Stone @biz “We built Twitter for fun”|
|Nilofer Merchant @nilofer Big changes start from small things.|
|David Thodey @dthodey from Telstra got a huge shoutout for his leadership in social media by Charlene Li @charleneli|
Finally, Image Think @imagethink captured all of the Keynote and Featured Sessions using their Graphic Facilitation.
What an incredible conference. I’ll go into more detail on some of these sessions in future posts.