#SXSW Nightly News

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On the topic of AI, be sure to check back nightly for news, updates and information coming out of the SXSW conference

https://www.sxsw.com

Here are just a few of the latest stories:


AI the hot topic at Austin tech, music and film conference

For the second year running, SXSW Interactive curators have deemed AI to be the zeitgeist centrefold of tech

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/ai-the-hot-topic-at-austin-tech-music-and-film-conference-1.3819480%3fmode=amp


GOP rep: ‘If we’re not leading on’ AI, that’s going to impact economy

“It’s the future,” Hurd said. “Vladimir Putin said whoever masters AI is going to master the world. I think this is the only thing he and I agree on.”

https://www.krdo.com/news/politics/gop-rep-if-were-not-leading-on-ai-thats-going-to-impact-economy/1055663032#


SXSW 2019 Will Focus on How AI and Automation Will Change the Workforce

Automation will lead to massive changes in the workplace. And several speakers at SXSW including Ellen Shell, who wrote “The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change” and Kate Crawford, co-founder and co-director of the AI Now Research Institute, will be talking about the future of the workforce.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.siliconhillsnews.com/2019/02/27/sxsw-2019-will-focus-on-how-ai-and-automation-will-change-the-workforce/amp/


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘we should be excited about automation’

“We should be excited about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in,” she said.


How AI is Changing Advertising in China

The key driver for AI in advertising, however, is China’s hyper-competitive ecommerce market, which is more than double the size of its U.S. counterpart. China-based startups use AI to analyze, categorize, and rank influencers, creating an open, blockchain-based, micropayments marketplace that can include everyone on social media.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/supchina.com/2019/03/06/must-see-china-focused-panels-at-sxsw-2019/amp/


Unanimous AI to Unveil “Swarm” at SXSW – the World’s First SaaS Platform that Amplifies the Intelligence of Business Teams

Unanimous AI, winners of Best in Show and AI Innovation of the Year at the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Innovation Awards, will return to Austin as a finalist for the 2019 awards. At the event, Unanimous AI will announce the beta release of Swarm, the world’s first on-demand SaaS platform for amplifying the intelligence of business teams.

https://www.prweb.com/releases/unanimous_ai_to_unveil_swarm_at_sxsw_the_worlds_first_saas_platform_that_amplifies_the_intelligence_of_business_teams/prweb16141875.htm


THIS BIG FACEBOOK CRITIC FEARS TECH’S BUSINESS MODEL

An audience member asked if Zuckerberg should step down. “No,” McNamee said emphatically. “I don’t think this is about the people. I believe that this is about the business model. Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin] at Google and Sheryl [Sandberg] and Mark at Facebook have the moral authority to change the business model. If you don’t change the business model, it doesn’t matter who’s running it, and if you do change the business model, it’s OK whoever’s running it.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/story/this-big-facebook-critic-fears-techs-business-model/amp

South by Southwest isn’t just big for tech, film and music. Retailers make a splash at SXSW

Photo by Gary Miller
  • “In between the glamour and geeks, companies like Walmart, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Kohl’s are sending execs to Austin to tout new technologies and how they’re keeping up with the changing retail landscape.
  • In addition, some retailers that started out and still mostly sell online will be at this year’s SXSW, which starts Friday and runs through March 17. Among them are luggage maker Away, clothing rental service Rent the Runway, apparel companies Revolve and Outdoor Voices and online marketplace StockX.
  • Walmart is sending its Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King to talk about why stores still play an important role in the retailer’s e-commerce strategy.
  • Kohl’s is sending Grace Burgio, who manages artificial intelligence for the department store chain, to discuss how AI is helping Kohl’s boost in-store sales.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/03/08/sxsw-is-not-just-big-tech-film-and-music-retailers-make-a-splash.html

SXSW 2019 Will Focus on How AI and Automation Will Change the Workforce

“Artificial intelligence, which is the technology that powers autonomous vehicles and robots, is one of the biggest themes of SXSW Interactive this year, Forrest said. AI has been referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution and it’s going to have far reaching impacts on every sector of the worldwide economy.

Automation will lead to massive changes in the workplace. And several speakers at SXSW including Ellen Shell, who wrote “The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change” and Kate Crawford, co-founder and co-director of the AI Now Research Institute, will be talking about the future of the workforce.

‘A lot of the jobs we currently do are going to be digitized,’ Forrest said. ‘They are going to be outsourced.'”

https://www.google.com/amp/www.siliconhillsnews.com/2019/02/27/sxsw-2019-will-focus-on-how-ai-and-automation-will-change-the-workforce/amp/

AI the hot topic at Austin tech, music and film conference

“Autonomy remains the hottest topic at SXSW Interactive 2019 as questions surrounding driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence and robotics shift from the ‘what if’ to ‘what now.’ For the second year running, SXSW Interactive curators have deemed AI to be the zeitgeist centrefold of tech: a cursory glance through the five days of scheduled talks, panels and keynotes, sees more ‘As’ and ‘Is’ than U could shake a stick at.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/ai-the-hot-topic-at-austin-tech-music-and-film-conference-1.3819480%3fmode=amp

How AI is Changing Advertising in China

“Advertising in China is at the frontlines in AI adoption and innovation. The majority of ad spend in China is already digital, and AI-based advertising thrives on the massive datasets available in China for number crunching and automation. The key driver for AI in advertising, however, is China’s hyper-competitive ecommerce market, which is more than double the size of its U.S. counterpart. China-based startups use AI to analyze, categorize, and rank influencers, creating an open, blockchain-based, micropayments marketplace that can include everyone on social media. China’s white-hot AI advertising applications can serve as roadmaps and spark ideas in other industries that are just beginning to move through the AI learning curve.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/supchina.com/2019/03/06/must-see-china-focused-panels-at-sxsw-2019/amp/