09 Mar 2017

Will AI take the main stage at SXSW Interactive 2017?

With SXSW Interactive just around the corner – March 10-19 – we are starting to get all the juicy details surrounding the week.

If you’re a techie like us, then you will already know how influential AI is at the moment. All signs point to an artificial intelligence revolution that is going to transform every aspect of our lives over the next coming months, years and decades.

It’s no surprise then, that AI is going to play a major part in SXSW interactive 2017.

With the final agenda released, we’ve been scouring through to get ourselves ready and excited for all that SXSW has to offer on AI. Check out these AI focused events at SXSW to keep yourself up to date.


Every little thing’s gonna be AI

If you’re wondering how artificial intelligence can fit into a film and music festival then look no further. With some Bob Marley influence within this panel, SXSW is bringing AI right to the front of the music festival.

At 2 pm on March 16 in Salon 7, a panel of music and tech experts are coming together to explore how AI is impacting how we experience music. With the ever present future being driven by machine-learning, we need to design with AI in empathetic and meaningful ways.

The panel discussion will touch on some complicated questions: should our music know us intimately? Do we want our moods reflected back to us? Will responsive gigs ruin the atmosphere?

If you’re a music and tech lover then you won’t want to miss out on a chance to hear what they have to say.


The next four years of AI

If you’re keen to learn more about how artificial intelligence is evolving from mesmeric technology to a fountain for enterprise and consumer decision making, then don’t miss Margaret Rhodes from Wired helping us see the future of AI over the coming years.

In this panel, Rhodes and guests will be covering some taboo subject such as AI in the employment sector and how AI will be creating jobs for humans. Along with accountability, transparency and security that will be the underpinnings of responsible AI.

If you feel like you want to understand AI and how it can impact the world around you then this is not to be missed.

You can catch Wired and the rest of the panel In Salon C at 11 am on March 16.


AI for good: Unleashing potential for everyone

With artificial intelligence innovations bringing benefits to multiple industries and society, don’t miss Paratool Bharti from the University of South Florida helping us to understand the influence AI has and can have in the way we lead our everyday lives.

If you want to find out more about how AI is able to change our lives for the better as machines learn to reason, act, and adapt, and transform industries by amplifying our own capabilities, taking on our tedious or dangerous tasks and solving some of our societies most challenging problems then don’t miss Paratool.

This session takes place March 12 at 3:30, at Lucille Patio Lounge.


Ethically aligned – Setting standards for AI

OK, so I’m sure we’re all aware of the media-hyped fears surrounding AI and creating workable solutions that increase human well-being. This panel, with a special guest from the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations In Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, will be helping to answer the sticky subject surround the ethics of AI.

If this is something you’ve been following in the media, and want to know how the future of AI is going to focus on being ethical and the standards that are going to be set to ensure this continues as AI grows then IEEE are the best people to talk too.

Don’t miss out on March 11 at 11:00 am.


You Are What AI Cooks: Personalisation of Taste

If you’re a creative or foodie type then this one’s for you! Yoshiki Ishikawa from H Inc is running a session on ‘Computational Creativity,’ which helps humanity foster creativity.

This type of AI has been created to identify your personal dietary style from your past eating habits.

Now being a lover of all things food, we’re pretty intrigued by this. However, the thought of facing up to how much chocolate we actually eat is pretty scary. This AI really does know us better than we know ourselves and is created to help our lifestyle take the healthier route.

Join in this session and embark on a journey to be matched up to your ideal tastes with a food style GPS!


How machine learning will change the way we eat

If you’re wanting to continue on your personalised food journey then SXSW are not stopping anytime soon.

Advances in deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing are being used to structure food data, surface relevant food-related content, simplify cooking, develop new foods and recipes, reduce food waste, and farm more efficiently.

This session in the afternoon of March 12 will bring panellists from leading food tech startups on identifying novel flavour combinations, developing intelligent cooking appliances, and building personalised food discovery experiences.

They will also discuss the state-of-the-art developments in food-related AI — the problems being solved, the methodologies and algorithms being used, opportunities, and examples of successes and failures — and contemplate the future of food.


Invisible marketing: AI will transform your brand

In the next 12 months we’re set to see an explosion of innovation in AI and marketing as things like chat bots and context-aware tech begin to mature.

This session with Stylus media group will look into invisible marketing and how brands should want to disappear: the more seamlessly you’re integrating into consumers’ everyday lives, the more effective you’ll be at targeting their needs and anticipating their intentions. The result? You become as indispensable to them as Google Maps or Snapchat. This session is a must-attend for any brands looking to use AI to improve customer experience.


AI and deep learning tech: are we ready?

Just as we’re becoming accustomed to a digital way of life, tech such as AI and deep learning is becoming more and more complex.

This panel will examine the policy challenges of AI with Congresswoman Suzan Delbene (D-WA), a key leader on tech policy on Capitol Hill, Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s Alexa Machine Learning specialist and Terah Lyons, a former White House Office of Science and Technology Policy advisor on AI.

If you want to be sure you’re ready for AI then don’t miss this great opportunity on March 11 at 5 pm.


With so much exciting new content surrounding AI, we are so excited to continue to hear more from these experts. AI paired with a music and film festival, what more could a person want?

If you’re going to be at SXSW this year then make sure you keep us up to date with your highlights through our social media.