- Jane McGonigal at SXSWedu talking about how we can understand and think about the future. I do a lot of futurist work and hang out in that space. Her talk brought it into focus for folks wanting to understand how to be a Futurist in their everyday lives. That recording I have shared with a half-dozen people I’m working with and they are changing some of the questions they ask about the Signals they see.
- The British Museum, with Samsung, using VR to take young students into the Bronze Age and see artifacts in context.
- Lots of conflicting information and predictions in sessions on location-based mobile tools and big data about consumers.
- Beacons, beacons, and more beacons. . . especially in retail.
- New ways to make assets liquid, including MoveLoot, which helps you resell the used furniture in your home.
- Battling apps about food — including finding food trucks, bringing us food on the spot, and in-app learning from videos of making food.
- Cities wrestling with how to use big data and action research.
- Local music venues dealing with the impact of streaming music and gentrification on local clubs.
- Brene Brown — live. I’m a big fangirl and have been consuming her books and audiobooks, so listening to her live was a real treat. I also brought along a friend from a big tech organization who needed to hear her messages. . . that week . . .
- Ira Glass on the nature of hard work and creativity, and the difference between trying to edit documentary audio to elicit an emotional shift and writing it for feature film. (And how to make a balloon animal.)
- Anthony Bourdain on how to urge your TV show crew to incorporate ideas from art films. . . and live a very big life.
- Joys of sitting in St. David’s waiting for a thunderstorm to clear while talking with 3 students and a record executive.
- The crowded rooms that continue to see VR for the first time
- Having people stop you in the hallway, bookstore, and bathroom to make comments and ask questions from your panel
- The magic of good pulled pork and the challenge of keeping my breakfast taco intake low
- The beauty of walking down a hallway in the Convention Center and despite there being more than 20,000 people in town for the event walking into people you know . . . from your own city . . .
Inaugural Director/UCLA Center for Music Innovation
We enjoyed sharing insights at SXSW Interactive 2014 on this question — How is smartphone use pixelating reality, blowing it up and turning it into shiftable bits of data so we are making different decisions with its Time and Place?
We are in a massive change in social and personal behavior, catalyzed by the increasing penetration of smartphones. We have had digital cameras and cell phones for many years. The intriguing shift stems from both (a) casual photography with no lag time to distribute and immediate connectivity, and (b) instant connecting with small screens wherever we go.
What has shifted? This direction of thought looks at how this affects our Here and Now, as well as the question of being Together.
- How are we Present if we are always checking in to other information and places?
- Are we shifting our energies to auto-documenting our activities through pictures and other actions to the detriment of the activity and connections that we are experiencing live?
You can enjoy two elements of the presentation below…
First, this video outlines some of the questions we examined:
Second, here’s the SlideShare of the presentation from SXSW, without any audio.
We enjoyed our adventures at CES 2014. Dr. Johnson came hold with a nasty convention cold, and now that she is almost human again, we thought we would share the human-adjacent technologies about robots, eye tracking, 3D printing, telepresence, quad copters, cars, and other things that go bump in the night from future and present technology trends.
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To MOOC or not to MOOC? That has been the question in the minds of many educational institutions’ leadership since early to mid-2012. Should we produce our classes on video and share them with a variety of partners to learn from these experiences? (more…)
Digital Hollywood has been a semi-annual ritual for us for more than five years. Our president, Dr. Gigi Johnson, moderated a panel to a packed room on “The Facebook Factor,” with the following introductory slides on the size and scale of Facebook in the United States: