A ReadWriteWeb Guide
Social media? Oh, please. Some of these sessions are so 2009. How can you have any fun at SXSW this year if you can't see any real innovation.
If space shuttles, cyborgs and technological singularity are what make you bleep and bloop, you're going to love these ten events at SXSW Interactive 2010. At the very least you'll get to share beer with a few cool hardware hackers, learn more about lunar exploration or get involved with a crowdsourced science project.
This is part of a series of ReadWriteWeb guides to SXSW Interactive 2010. If this guide isn't your cup of tea, be sure to check back for more information soon!
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- The Coming Data Explosion
"Think of it as a science fair with free beer. Ample doses of electricity, tomfoolery, mayhem, makers and music combine to form one exquisite geek talent show. Sponsored by SXSW Interactive, the International Game Developer's Association of Austin, Mr. Data, Ricochet Labs and the Digital Media Council. "
"We pinch it, tap it, shake it and poke it. We're so enthralled with finally getting to touch our products. But there's so much more to direct manipulation than just tapping it with our fingers! Let's explore some progressive interaction models that go beyond touch and into movement, infrared, wearable computing, sound and ambient data to really give us an idea of what our immersive interactive future may hold and how we might curate that future now."
And this wasn't the only session we found exploring futuristic interfaces! Check out Beyond Scifi: Design For Surfaces and Big Screens, No Touching! Truly Invisible Interfaces and That Game Feels Nice: Tomorrow's Touch Interfaces, too.
First things first, we look back in the past to see how our forward-thinking forbears imagined the future.
"What if Rod Serling had a blog? Would Alfred Hitchcock Tweet? These great producers and directors brought suspense and irony to the popular medium of the time; television. How did their work shape the minds of the young people of the time who would grow up to create 'our' Internet?"
"Will we be able to jack into the brain and upload helicopter instructions, like in The Matrix? We already have the technology to control a prosthetic arm or Twitter with thoughts alone. Dishes of neurons can control a robot. And scientists have created a working artificial memory chip in rats."
"Space sector representatives will discuss how the use of web and mobile technologies create opportunities for participation in future exploration of the Moon. The panel focuses on how X PRIZE, NASA, commercial space companies, and others generate greater interaction and interest in Moon missions using collaborative platforms and social media."
"Like ninjas battling on stage, Bre Pettis and Tal Chalzin will volley projects demonstrations back and forth. From guitar player robots to machines that vomit plastic skulls, the presentation will include a mix of projects they've worked on and that have been worked on at the GarageGeeks, NYCResistor and beyond. This presentation will both thrill and repulse you with the possibilities that have recently emerged in the DIY hacker technology space."
"The Austin Museum of Digital Art presents a party featuring live electronic music and visual art. Expect video projections, interactive installations, and a Laptop Battle with musicians competing to outperform one another in a series of elimination rounds. Free for SXSW Interactive badgeholders."
"A new breed of maps is revealing breakthroughs in our understanding of biology, neuroscience, ecology and the physical world. We can now map not just physical geographies, but also genomes, neural pathways, emotions, social networks and ideas. These new maps reveal how society will change over the next twenty years."
"From discovering galaxies to folding proteins: how to actively contribute to science. Science projects are harnessing open collaboration to further discovery and exploration. As a result, citizen science is witnessing a renaissance. The panel will discuss how you can get involved and challenges faced in making science open." With Spacehack's Ariel Waldman.
"Innovation, global warming, and green technology are all pushing in the same direction: zero waste. This concept is in practice in several cities (including Austin) and will soon be in yours. Learn about the current, future, and upcoming needs of this movement and how technology is playing a vital role."
Those are our SXSW Interaction recommendations for futurists of all stripes. If you've got suggestions or feedback, let us know in the comments! See you in Austin, folks!