"...As Interactive Festival producer Shawn O'Keefe puts it, Interactive is all about "what's next in the industry." It's where industry players come together to marvel at the latest innovations starting with a lowercased "i" and not only imagine how they'll make our lives better but put into motion the relationships that will lead to the "aha!" moments that will bring us to next year's next big thing. Still, judging by this year's list of panels, I'm not the only one wondering if technology simply causes more problems that it solves. Help! I'm Blogging, and I Can't Get Up!..."
"...That won’t be necessary anymore. These days, Irvine is an equity partner in an Austin-based technology start-up called Humm Systems, that has created a hand-held, customizable customer survey device that provides guests the opportunity to share responses about their dining experience before leaving the restaurant; in effect, talking to the restaurant, rather than venting about it later via social media review sites...."
"...But the Austin Independent School District is on a major buying spree, and the requirements of modern education mean waiting is not an option. "Technology's going to play an increasingly important part in how we deliver instruction to students," said AISD trustee Robert Schneider...."
"...As Texas State Librarian Mark Smith notes, it used to be a pundit commonplace that digital technology and the Internet were rapidly displacing libraries, books, or even reading. The cliche is less common now, but has occasionally surfaced in recent months at City Hall – especially during City Council discussions of Austin Public Library funding..."
"..."This year we're planning on using about 12 miles of ethernet cable as we build out the networks to support the event," says Scott Wilcox, SXSW's director of technology, after a swig of beer at the Dog & Duck Pub. This brewski and brief hometown interview is one of Wilcox's last moments of relaxation before the annual media maelstrom begins for those on the inside...."
"...Austin Chronicle: So what did 'Happen to the Big Idea in Technology'? Is there one? Do we need one? Didn't tech already liberate the industry?..."
"...1. Electronic commerce is a hit! People started buying a lot of their stuff online this year. E-commerce looks more and more like a killer app, though there are obvious kinks in both the technology and the service..."
"...(U.S. News & World Report recently reported that in North America alone, 37 million people have access to the World Wide Web.) Still, there are those who prefer to sit in cafes and read, oh, I dunno -- the Unabomber Manifesto? -- and curse all this high technology..."
"...His long overdue and incredibly entertaining memoir, The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology, puts the synth-pop innovator front and center as a Quixotic figure in a whirlwind of chance, great talent, and impeccable timing – even when mainstream ubiquity went bye-bye. Dolby's storytelling highlights the music-driven first half of the book, particularly his comical dealings with Michael Jackson, which always ended up sideways..."
"...Swift’s voice warbles, and he sings through his nose, but he’s one thing that so many aren’t: honest. He wears so many shoes that it’s no surprise the prolific songwriter had to release a collection of Krautrock instrumentals under a different name, Instruments of Science & Technology, Secretly Canadian’s newest addition..."
"...Janelle Brown has been writing about Internet culture, entertainment, and technology for over five years -- first for HotWired and now, for Salon magazine. She was at SXSW both covering the conference for the magazine and as a panelist on two seminars -- "What the Film World Can Learn from the Music and New Media Revolution" and "Killer Applications for Broadband." The second seminar is especially appropriate, since Janelle has recently been promoted to director of broadband programming for Salon...."
"...As other industries struggle to make a smooth crossover to Internet commerce, adult entertainment and pornography sites such as Ashe's seem to have been raking in the cash and serving as technology vanguards from the start. Who better, then, than a media maverick like Ashe to address the budding e-commerce entrepreneurs, mainstream or not, at SXSW's Interactive Conference?..."
"...We all know how delicious kimchi, balsamic vinegar, or a nice cheese can be, but fermentation is also a good way to introduce more good microbes into your body. According to Garg, "Fermentation is the longest-standing form of biotechnology..."
"...Howdy Doc! I'm single and almost ready to mingle, but there is one problem ... everyone seems to have their face buried in some alternate and insincere rectangle of technology..."
"..."Capital Factory is a non-partisan group," he said. "We don't endorse any particular candidates or initiatives, but we do see a great role for us being able to connect elected officials with startup technology."..."
"...More Critical to BBQ Pit Design: Cloaking Technology or Light-speed Warp Drives?..."
"...Brand's address wasn't directly about the Internet at all. In keeping with his latest book, The Clock of the Long Now, it was about the speed of technology..."
"...It isn't, as two of the four experts on Monday's "Killing the Messenger" panel pointed out, as if blaming America's problems on boys and their toys is something new; that trend goes back at least as far as Dungeons and Dragons, the fantasy game that early-Eighties-era adults claimed would "destroy our ability to see the distinction between fantasy and reality," according to APD Detective Cliff Blanchard, who now investigates crimes online. What's different this time, according to Clive Thompson, editor and video game columnist for digi-cult magazine Shift, is that the people blaming new media for society's ills often have "legitimate concerns" about technology that aren't being addressed by the online world..."
"...Dev Shrestha, associate professor of agriculture at the University of Idaho, is to incorporate robotics into the work of farming. Shrestha, along with a panel of agriculture journalists and digital technology experts, will pose the question "Can Robots Feed the World?" in their panel..."
"...Social entrepreneur and Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge is a SXSW Interactive veteran. He'll be back on Sunday to bust some misconceptions about technology in developing nations during his talk Africa 3.0: A Look at the Future of a Connected Africa...."
"...By contrast, the Frog team's arrival at a modest farm in Ghana – described by Wittmann as "one guy, one field" – must have felt like a very back-to-the-Earth moment. But the trip wouldn't be about man communing with nature; it was about man communing with technology...."
"...Every few months, a media theorist explains that technology is making us lonely, less human, and more alienated. Think Stephen Marche's cover story for The Atlantic earlier this year, "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?," or TED speaker Sherry Turkle's book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other..."
"...Ask anyone in the high-tech industry about what they like to do for entertainment and a common response is "Eat." Tech industry people are legendary foodies. Maybe it has something to do with all the comestible perks technology companies offer their employees..."
"...At shopping-mall food courts and Friday night football, the title’s interlocking men, women, and children try to connect, but can’t disconnect, or something. A hysterical hand-wringer about the stunting effects of technology, dressed up as a dispenser of unvarnished truths, Men, Women & Children takes good actors and gives them little to do but play out case studies of various scenarios inspired by this, our Internet age. Middle-aged couple with intimacy issues seeks alternate sexual partners online..."
"..."Our lives are complex enough," we think. "Hide the infrastructure, and spare us the details." With technology, we're like the blind men and the elephant: We know only what we experience, and we don't try to learn more about it..."
"...If you happen to be roaming the halls of the Austin Convention Center during South by Southwest, you'll be forgiven for wondering if all the constant exposure to technology on display doesn't indicate some kind of serious pathology. If needing to be engaged with a Blackberry or an iPhone or an iPad or an iPod or a Kindle or a laptop or a MP3 player or a digital camera (or all seven) at all times isn't just as unhealthy as needing a cigarette, a beer, a needle, or an orgasm (or all four)..."
"...Because Benjamin's concerns, occurring during a time of great flux, bear some resemblance to the concern and turbulence of the current media climate, his thoughts on story are provocative and perhaps a useful springboard to think about the present. Is story really "inalienable" and essential to our humanness? Is story necessary? Technology surely shapes the way we tell our stories and receive stories..."
"...The great science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." For Mark Netter, director of new techno-terror Nightmare Code, we're in an age of technological sorcery..."
"...Without Napster, there would have been no iTunes, no Spotify, no Facebook. That's the heart of Downloaded, Alex Winter's film about the cultural rise and commercial crash of the landmark disruptive technology..."
"...The prospect of body cameras for Austin Police Department officers now imminent, attention turns toward how to implement their installation. On Monday, City Council’s Public Safety Committee met to parse out the range of interests policymakers must consider when sorting out what exactly it will mean for APD officers to absorb the technology...."
"...Those who watched CNN's election-night coverage might have noticed something similar: news anchors joining the broadcast "via hologram," complete with bluish haze. Bloggers were quick to point out that these weren't true holograms but rather a camera trick utilizing hologram technology..."
"...Landon and Carl Ellsworth), which requires little more of him than to walk a steady line between creepy and respectable. The one notable aspect of the story is the modern integration of desktop technology to unravel its tale..."
"...By 1999, long gone were the days when the Internet was a land ruled by porn sites, populated by pictures of people's kitties -- big bucks were poured into Internet companies, resulting in a glut of media ads, a race to invest, and plenty of start-ups flush with virtual money. Meanwhile, faster technology sped up Internet access..."
"...condensed image[s] of both imagination and material reality." For Haraway, the cyborg is a useful metaphorical construct for thinking of feminism in terms beyond the usual "antagonistic dualisms" of Western taxonomies of identification (in other words, the way we determine that people are "other" from us). That said, we live in a moment in which wearables and other forms of technology in their various iterations make it possible to move from the cyborg as metaphor to reality, one that is particularly immediate for women..."
"...Austin ISD is reeling tonight, as two of its four bond proposals were defeated at the ballot box. Voters backed two measures, totaling $490 million for urgent renovations and technology upgrades, but rejected two more..."
"...Studor, the company's chief technology officer, comes from a 30-year background in the semiconductor industry. His inspiration for the integrated system evolved from converging ideas and interests..."
"...The first bands were announced: Interactive confirmed The Guild co-creator Felicia Day and 4chan founder Christopher "moot" Poole as keynote speakers and added SXSWedu. Now, with the late film submission deadline in two days, SXSW has announced a two-day Technology Summit...."
"...The funny thing about modern technology is that it's everywhere: Even in rural Japan, it seems like everyone has email, two blogs and a Tumblr account. The remarkable Summer Wars may be one of the first movies to really approach that ubiquity, and not come off as bad cyberpunk...."
"...The long-bandied-about texting ban passed unanimously, albeit with several speakers in opposition. The first, Chip Rosenthal, software developer and chair of the city's Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission, spoke for other opponents in that he didn't oppose a texting ban in general but had questions about the amendment's broad language (e.g., "ELECTRONIC MESSAGE means a self-contained piece of digital communication that is designed or intended to be transmitted between physical devices")..."
"...That amplification of the urban vox populi, the voice of the cultural underdog howling against the ever-closing bars of its commercial cage? The use of cutting-edge technology to communicate a hearty and visually compelling fuck-you to the Man? That's Powderly and Roth and their associates. And Powderly, previously detained by Chinese authorities for planning to LASER Tag the glammed-up cityscape with pro-Tibet slogans at the Beijing Olympics, is gonna be walking the streets of Austin soon?..."
"...After the Travis County District Attorney's office found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the city had said they would be handling the matter in-house, reviewing Collins' employment as a personnel issue; Collins resignation ends the city review. In the statement, City Manager Marc Ott says “The resignation allows the City to move forward on vital technology projects without the uncertainty for employees of what will happen next.”..."