Science Fiction Meets Fact at SXSW

Robots and artificial intelligence, a human mission to Mars, self-driving and driving cars, brain-controlled robot arms, programmable microbes, neurotech, tricorders, human-machine interfaces, and the Hyperloop – these are all things that within most of our lifetimes were part of science fiction in literature and film. Yet every one of these remarkable ideas are within if not already in our grasp, and will be featured in a plethora of panel discussions and demonstrations at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival which runs from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15, and SX Create which runs Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. You must have an Interactive, Gold, or Platinum Badge to attend SXSW Interactive, but SX Create which takes place at the Palmer Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Science fiction author and journalist Bruce Sterling will present the closing remarks for SXSW Interactive, as he shares his thoughts of the “state of the world” from a global perspective. Sci-fi author and journalist Cory Doctorow will also be at SXSW Interactive to discuss “The Right to Be Forgotten”and the future of online privacy.

Technical experts from various companies and organizations including NASA, the XPrize Foundation, Orion Labs, Google, DARPA and more will present their perspectives over the course of the events.

Big Data and AI

Big Data and AI

I’m particularly looking forward to “Big Data and AI: Sci-Fi vs Everyday Applications” which addresses how what was once sci-fi has become fact, and what challenges and impact AI and big data will present.

Jason Crusan

Jason Crusan

In the “Surviving the Red Planet” panel discussion, experts including Jason Crusan, Director of Advanced Exploration Systems Division for NASA, and Robert Bohme, CEO of Part-Time Scientists will discuss the challenges of a human mission to Mars.  

Can’t afford a SXSW Interactive badge? No worries-- get over to Palmer Auditorium to see what SX Create has to offer during the three day hardware hacking and maker arm of SXSW. Check out the diverse and engaging activities including 3D printing, drones, robots, and more that are shaping our future and transforming science fiction into reality.

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