March 16-21: Fantastic Future Track
The 2020 SXSW Conference includes 22 different tracks covering a variety of compelling industries and creative endeavors.
One of the new tracks for this year’s event is Fantastic Future, which runs through Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21. Ten of the most interesting panels and presentations in this new track are as follows:
Eyes Off The Road! Universal’s Drive For In-Car VR (March 18): Realizing that the autonomous car is the next entertainment frontier, Universal is working with German startup Holoride and immersive content studio REWIND to shape the in-car entertainment experience of the future. Learn more in this engaging panel.
The Future of Healing: Engineering Longer Life (March 20): Dr. Alcaide, CEO of Neurable, a brain-computer interface (BCI) company, will share his unique perspective on the subject. He will show and discuss how technology will become increasingly more “invisible” to the point where it will ultimately become part of us in a mission to achieve a limitless future.
The Invisible Interface (March 20): Dr. Alcaide of Neurable shares his unique perspective on how technology is becoming increasingly more “invisible” to the point where it will ultimately become part of our bodies and ourselves.
Making Superhumans Through Radical Inclusion (March 21): Jody Medich will show how to develop a new disruptive human machine interface through radical inclusion and cognitive ergonomics that makes us all superhumans, not simply supercomputers.
Neurotech: Maximizing Health on a Cognitive Level (March 19): The treatment of neurological disorders (and even adult-onset diseases) is being revolutionized by neurotic. In this solo presentation, 15-year-old Faith Inello covers her experience developing non-invasive treatment options for neurological conditions, based on her research in adverse childhood experiences and synaptic plasticity.
The Next Quantum Leap: Bio and Quantum Computing (March 19): Learn how quantum computing will allow us to unlock some of nature’s most powerful secrets and exponentially speed up scientific research, such as drug discovery.
The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in A Reckless Age (March 16): In her groundbreaking new book, Bina Venkataraman argues that we can be a lot more effective in choosing between short-term gains versus planning for the long-term future.
The Secrets of Becoming Futureproof (March 17): Kevin Roose, the New York Times tech columnist and author of the upcoming book “Futureproof,” gives you useful, practical tips, drawn from extensive research and reporting, on how to remain relevant in the age of smart machines.
Swarms: Current Research and Future Applications (March 18): Collections of robots working together to achieve tasks — swarm systems — represent an exciting and intriguing means to solve problems. At this panel, gain insights into the challenges involved in the continued adoption and wide-scale use of these systems.
Truly Ending Aging with Comprehensive Rejuvenation (March 18): People are living longer — no longer because of reduced child mortality, but because we are postponing the ill-health of old age. But we’ve seen nothing yet: regenerative medicine and other new medicines will eventually be so comprehensive that people will stay truly youthful however long they live, which means they may mostly live very long indeed. The Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, Dr. Aubrey de Grey discusses both the biology and the sociology of what will be the most momentous advance in the history of civilization.
Rethinking Food Technology with Gen Z (March 18): The session explores a Gen Z perspective on clean meat, plant-based alternatives and how other emerging technologies can accelerate the production of sustainable food products.
For SXSW 2020, The Rockefeller Foundation will serve as the sponsor of the Fantastic Future track.
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Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; posts also focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.