Change is as good as a holiday


South by Southwest Interactive (SxSW) 2013, a five-day free flight of imagination and creativity, just ended in downtown Austin, Texas. Each year, creative minds gather to share dreams and nightmares about technological changes, inventions, and twists in the road that takes the rest of us to the future.

Who was the most interesting wiseguy at Southby Interactive this year? Whose prophecy, whose new hardware gadget, 3D print imager (laser tech), or change-the-world idea will be the one left standing when 2014 rolls around?

Will it turn out to be this guy who said the most important thing at SxSW Interactive in 2013? He’s Nobel Fellow and UT Austin professor Dr. Steve Weinberg. He discussed new physics discoveries that are transforming our understanding of the world; Dr. Weinberg urged that we concentrate on funding and building a mammoth particle accelerator. (2019 update: Now CERN has its own Intagram.)

SxSW 2013 Steve Weinberg Physics Discoveries

Or will it be Takahito Iguchi, the CEO of Telepathy, whose interactive glasses from Japan might beat out Google Glass for style and features?

Takahito Iguchi from Facebook 2013

Takahito Iguchi, the CEO of Telepathy, using wearable tech. (pix from his Facebook)

(2022 Update: Keep up with the many tech projects, from vision tech to audio social innovations spun out by Tajaguto Uguch by following his Twitter. Quotable: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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And speaking of magic, how much longer do we have to wait to climb into our own spaceships? Want to catch a ride on Sir Richard Garriott’s Nauvoo-like multigeneration colonizer flight?

SxSW 2013 Preview on Space with Hugh Forest at UT Austin
Hugh Forrest does a pre-flight of the upcoming 2013 South by Southwest Interactive, which has a focus on space, with a NASA visitor area at the Long Center that will be open to the public.
SxSW 2014 NASA booth 03
SxSW 2014 NASA booth 02

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SxSW 2013 Preview Talk on Space with Richard Garriott
Sir Richard Garriott did a pre-event visit to UT Austin to discuss space travel.
SXSW 2014 NASA booth 01

The answer might be: not long at all, if we are willing to work our way across the universe, according to Richard Garriott, who is busy building rocket ships with his friends. Garriott, AKA Lord British, is juggling multiple projects, all deep in the field of dreams. (2022 update: his latest MMO gaming project, currently called Effigy, will be using blockchain tech, will include NFTs and some user-created content.) Follow Garriott on Twitter because life should come at you faster than the speed of light if you plan to exit this galaxy to get to The Rings.)

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