SXSW Moments: Kara Swisher
Did you miss something at SXSW 2019? Want to relive the magic? Look to this space over the coming weeks for links to video and audio replays of some of the most incredible experiences from this year’s event.
Are you feeling anxious about tech addiction? How about some good news? In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Kara Swisher, executive editor and co-founder of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference series, makes the case that technology isn’t such a bad thing after all. “We have to find a way to balance what is good with what is convenient, even as tech companies do as much as possible to hook us,” she writes.
Hear more from the always-candid 2017 SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame inductee who sat down at this year’s event for a keynote interview / podcast with comedian Kathy Griffin. Swisher and Griffin dove deep into the last 18 months of this comedian’s career, which included death threats and being the subject of two federal investigations. The interview marked Griffin’s first appearance at SXSW, ahead of the debut of her concert film, “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story.”
Swisher and Griffin were only two of the thousands of creative people brought together at SXSW 2019 to think about building a more intelligent future. Learn from more of them via audio versions of the panels below.
7 Non-obvious Trends Changing the Future in 2019
What are the trends that will change your industry or transform your career in 2019? Non-boring trend curator Rohit Bhargava offers an inside look at some of the latest trends from his popular annual report Non-Obvious. This talk gives you actionable insights that you’ll be able to start using right away.
How to Build a Brighter AI Future
Humanity has an unprecedented opportunity to make data useful. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are no longer science fiction, but what does it take to harness their potential? Cassie Kozyrkov, Google’s Chief Decision Scientist, strips away the jargon in machine learning and AI to take a look at what’s easy, what’s hard, how to spot opportunities, and what you need to know to avoid the two biggest threats in AI. Hear about an emerging discipline that focuses on using machine learning and AI to improve your business: decision intelligence engineering.
Big Ideas in AI: Solving Problems Since 1696
James Scott, data scientist and co-author of “AIQ: How People and Machines are Smarter Together,” explores the deep history behind many of the key transformational ideas in AI, from computer speech recognition to image identification, and what’s really driving momentum in AI today.
More Memories from SXSW 2019
Change is Coming
It’s Time for Sports!
Saving the Ocean
Social Media Power
Telling New Media Stories
May the Fourth
Women in Tech
Thriving at Work
Making a Difference
Fighting Fake News
Do these audio recordings inspire you to get involved in a SXSW session next year? Enter your forward-thinking speaking proposal for March 2020 via the SXSW PanelPicker. Speaking proposals for next year’s event are accepted via this interface from July 1 through July 19.
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; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.