At SXSW, Clues to Where We're Headed, and How to Get There
Well, South By Southwest, that annual mashup of music and tech, starts today. Thousands are descending on Austin, Texas, the Emerald City of hip, to learn how to become greater and more powerful Ozes in their homes and offices, and hopefully spin passion, technology and talent into outcomes more successful than what is currently being served up by Disney and James Franco.
Lynn Rosen, our intrepid traveler, is headed to Austin tomorrow to take it all in, and has put out a general call for advice as to which among the many, many sessions at SXSW Interactive she should attend.
It's an interesting line up, one offering clues to where the tech and digital media world thinks it's going. There is lots about 3-D printing, new global markets, data, games, maturing social media, mobile and memes. Nate Silver will be there. So will Cory Booker. There's something called the "Mashable Variety Show." Reflecting a worry/obsession of some where I work, there's a session titled "The Comfy Chair! Are We Sitting too Much?" There are at least two sessions to do with porn.
While I'm not sure what to make of all that, I do find myself vicariously drawn to the series of "How" sessions. A few examples:
- 3D Printing Changed My Life
- AI is Enhancing the User Experience
- Cheating Death Helped Me Live Without Fear
- Dungeons & Dragons Prepared Me for UX
- Electrical Signals Can Give You Superpowers
- Peep Culture Hacked Your Reputation and Brain
- SXSW Made Me Quit My Job
- To Become an Overnight Sensation
- To Make Robots, Drones and Superhero Costumes
- To Solve the Worlds Problems
So in conclusion—sorry, Lynn, I guess I just can't help you, though I do expect you to return with the skinny on how to use 3D printing to create a robot who uses electrical signals to save the world.