But, it wasn't all doom and gloom here in Texas. In brighter
news, here are Webb's five key trends we will see emerging in 2018.
- Smartphones have peaked in terms of technological advancement and sales. 2018 marks the beginning of an end to this tech.
- 50% of people will interact with tech via voice by 2021.
in machine learning will move forward at rapid pace this year, which
brings about concerns over privacy - especially within the Facial
- Voiceprints: Using your voice or a short conversation with a digital assistant will replace passwords.
- AR and Mixed Reality will continue to be more widely adopted -not only for entertainment, but utility.
other attendees' predictions of a world where AI will replace human
interactions, Webb believes that the data we create in our interactions
with each other and technology "is the new oil".
The big question, and one we should all be debating about, is how our data should be mined and used.
---- A Q&A with Elon Musk
One of the best things about SXSW is the unexpected surprises. But this year's "WHAT!?" moment was particularly amazing.
crashing the WestWorld Keynote (with less than 24 hours' notice),
technological deity Elon Musk announced a Q&A session. It goes
without saying that it's not every day you have the opportunity to
listen, speak or ask questions of the people that push the entire human
race forward. Okay, we're a little star struck. But can you blame us?
told an audience that his timeline for sending a space vehicle to Mars
could mark its first milestone early next year. The privately-funded
venture, announced in September 2017, aims to send a cargo mission to
Mars by 2022. He also mentioned that SpaceX's ultimate mission is to
plant the seeds that'll allow us to colonise Mars, stating, "I think
we'll be able to complete short trips and flights by the first half of
also regaled the audience with anecdotes about several of his ventures,
including Tesla and the Boring Company. But the most surprising
response from the mythic man was when he was asked who inspires him. His
response: Kanye West.
---- Google Fun House
year, major players jump on the SXSW bandwagon to flaunt their stuff in
a more immersive, interactive way. This year, as expected, Google came
to the party.
show off what its AI and voice-activated assistant can do, Google
turned an entire house into a giant, connected smart home powered by
Google Assistant - demonstrating the ways Google AI can be integrated
into everyday life. The demos ranged from obvious things--like turning
on the sprinkler system, controlling lights, music, blinds and the
TV--to more advanced things, like using kitchen appliances, dispensing
pet food and seamlessly enhancing the online experience through Google's
AI-enabled Chromebooks and smartphones.
Google also showed off a
few of its brand partnerships. Visitors to the Google Fun House could
get Patron's Google Assistant skill to make them a margarita, order a
pizza through the Domino's
skill and even get a tricked-out lowrider to find a carpark - and
bounce to music - to showcase its in-car Spot Hero skill integration.
Needless to say, it was a pretty fun house.
Behind all the bells and whistles, their core idea was strikingly simple: "Make Google Do It".
Ok, Google. Daily SXSW 2018 highlights are brought
to you by, Sabrina Riedel, Emma Tait, Brendan (Bob) Forster, Fraser
(Franklin) Nelson, and Ben Kidney pictured above.