Bloodsuckers, human spam and collective genius

Meet Austin Kleon, who describes himself as “I am a writer who draws. I make art with words and books with pictures.” Kleon wrote bestselling books like ¨Show Your Work¨ and ¨Steal Like an Artist¨. He has a mind rattling creative view on content, media, business and creativity. Kleon is clearly a bit fed up …

Media: humans are connected, why don’t we connect to them?

It’s all over #SxSW: if you had not noticed: humans become more connected than ever. Humans look at their smart phone more than 150 times a day. Gary Vaynercuck sees mobile tech as an extension of the human body, and the phone gateway to the web as an extension to the human brain. Still, it …

It’s not about the likes, it’s about the content

Flying into to Austin is great. Everyone around you is on his way to SxSW, so the conversation starts early. Before I could pay two bucks for a lukewarm beer on the plane, I found myself in a heated discussion with a young fashionista blogger girl. Her main reason to go to SxSW was to …

Data: is it about size, or what you do with it?

Data is in, that is for sure. Keynotes and breakout sessions on data a gogo here @SxSWi. And, while everyone seems to agree that data is important, the why and how are still being heavily disputed. One section is all about Big Data, gathering as much data as humanly possible. Another –quickly growing- fraction states …

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft will die…

That got you attention, right? Every year, my favorite science fiction author, futurologist and nostalgic thinker Bruce Sterling is wrapping up #SxSW. Sterling is, along with William Gibson,  and Pat Cadigan, the very foundation of the cyberpunk movement. “Chairman Bruce” gives the public what it wants: dark thoughts that analyze societies (current and future) with …

#SXSW: It’s PR, But Not As We Used to Know It

SXSW Interactive in Austin. It got bigger, way bigger. Close to 20,000 people converged on the Texan city for the high noon of digital, interactive and social media. Professionals brought their most shiny decks, their beta versions, their business cards and their elevator speeches. VCs tried desperately not to look too rich, as they browsed …

Encyclopedia Britannica stops printing, for good

It rains emotions here at #SxSW. Collectively; we buried Gowalla earlier this week. Mashable is on the verge to be taken over by aliens,  and now, the mother of all wisdom,  the notorious, always correct, all knowing Encyclopedia Britannica throws in the towel. The costly, stately, heavy and brainy brown leather covered books will be …

#SxSW: where is the ‘S” in Strategy?

I found one thing blatantly missing in this year’s #SxSW. I saw tools, I saw applications, I saw platforms, I saw demos. I heard lots of people speak, about applications, the future, robots, Nano technology, measurement, ROI,  Angry Birds, 3 D TV, homeless people, the weather, the US elections, world peace  and global warming. The …

Social Media- beyond cool: it’s real

The biggest take-away for me at #SxSW is that Social Media is not hip and cool anymore. There are tons of applications, tons of new tools. But there is nothing that really made the audience go wow. And… that is a good thing. Social Media is getting mature. People use it to find their way …

Phone: the silent takeover of AI.

Austin is still vibrating after Kurzweils talk yesterday. Enhanced humans. Man-machine connections. For many people it is a bridge too far, a century too early. But if you look closer, it shows that we’re almost there. The average phone that the average #SxSW visitor uses, packs enough power to shame the most avid chess player, …