March 8, 2019

There’s no doubt about it: the world of “smart” everything is quickly approaching. But are we ready for it?

In just a few days, IEEE is headed to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest® (SXSW®), where we’ll be exploring the answer to that question, as well as the bigger one of what the future of humanity will look like in our increasingly technology-rich world.

As such, we’ve tasked a panel of leading innovators and technologists with helping us explore the topic during our 8th annual IEEE Tech for Humanity Series, March 9-10. Our lineup includes sessions discussing ideas like extended intelligence, the future of digital human identity and beyond.

We’ll turn to Katryna Dow, the CEO, and founder of Meeco, for her perspective on humanity’s future in the digital age. Will we survive in the world of rapid technological evolution? Do we have what it takes to maintain control of our society while competing against AI and automation?

Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, will focus on the idea of humans losing their “poker faces” to the advancements of empathetic technology. Thanks to AI and machine learning, devices can interpret, comprehend and respond to human behaviors, knocking down the walls of our private, internal state.

Nicole Samec, Healthcare Product Manager at Magic Leap, and Skip Rizzo and Arno Hartholt, both from USC Institute for Creative Technologies, will demonstrate the potential strength of AI-powered virtual humans helping those in medical need.

John Cohn, Chief Agitator for IBM’s Watson IoT Group, has made a name for himself by crediting his success to the fundamental role of play and leisure. He’ll be teaching us how prioritizing fun in the digital age will open doors for creativity, discovery, and innovation.

If you’re attending SXSW, make sure to join us! For official programming, please refer to the SXSW Schedule.


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