Tag - Innovate

How Biotech, Health Tech, and Med Tech Are Advancing Healthcare

Persistent advances in technology capabilities and their usage are impacting virtually every aspect of society, and this is especially true—and profound—in human health. Technology advances play a role in accelerating essentially every part of the healthcare spectrum: from basic life sciences research to translational and clinical research, to clinical healthcare and hospital best practices, to individual digital health and population health education. The Covid pandemic has raised general societal awareness of contagion transmissibility, epidemic tracking, and vaccine development and delivery, but all of these health topics and many more are enabled by powerful and pervasive technologies in hands of medical...

Discussion of “Termination Shock”

The Austin Forum's July discussion event will bring us back to the discussion of a science fiction book with very real-world implications: Neal Stephenson's new climate thriller, "Termination Shock." Join us at Austin Forum advisory board member, and elite sci-fi geek, Julie Tomlin returns to moderate a thoughtful discussion of the implications of a book about how climate action could pit individuals versus governments, as well as governments versus each other. (This discussion will not weigh in on real-world political matters, only on climate chance science, and science-fiction, and the implications for technology companies and policies.)

Discussion of “This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends”

Cyberweapons add a new dimension to human conflict, and thus have implications for the development--and application--of new types of weapons and the modern conduct of warfare. The 2021 book "This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race," by Nicole Perlroth, is a NY Times Bestseller that is non-fiction journalism but reads like a modern-day spy thriller--with insights and perspectives that are illuminating, possibly terrifying, and worthy of discussion (particularly in light of the Ukraine invasion). Join us for an online discussion of this prize-winning book and its implications, led by SXSW Chief Programming Officer,...

Stabilizing and Decarbonizing the Texas Grid with Computation and Bitcoin

Renewable carbon-neutral generation is now the least expensive means to produce electricity in the world. In West Texas alone, we can produce terawatt-hours of power through wind turbines and solar panels. The question is no longer how do we generate sustainable energy, but how do we leverage its power efficiently and economically. This question is met with two challenges. One, the wind does not always blow and the sun does not always shine. When this is the case, energy costs rise. Two, even if the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, the best wind and solar sources are not...

A Discussion of the Book “Exponential: How the Next Digital Revolution Will Rewire Life on Earth”

Digital technology is now ubiquitous and pervasive in our lives and society, with largely positive impacts on how we live, work, learn, and play. Of course, there are some dangers, risks and concerns as well, but as with any tool we can use combinations of responsible design, education, personal behavior, and policies to mitigate these while maximizing benefit. Perhaps the real question is: how are these technologies changing life and society, at all scales? That is the topic of this fascinating book by Azheem Azhar, and this will be the focus of this inaugural non-fiction online book discussion group led...

SXSW is Back, With New, Exciting & Important Programming for 2022

SXSW 2022 is finally coming back in-person (and online), after two years of absence (2020) and online-only (2021)—and oh, how the work, culture, entertainment, society, and conferences have changed! SXSW Chief Programming Officer and longtime Austin Forum support, Hugh Forrest, talks with Austin Forum Executive Director, Jay Boisseau, about how SXSW 2022 will be different, and better, in the new normal, while continuing to address the evolving and emerging themes that influence and shape how we work, learn, play, live, and more! Then, Hugh will take questions from our online attendees and discuss with them the choices and reasons for...

The Present and Future of Gaming

Electronic gaming is a huge industry, larger even than music and film, and encompasses options and platforms for everyone: from casual games on smartphones to visually realistic games on consoles and PCs to massive online games and platforms leveraging data centers and clouds. It has inspired tremendous amounts of content on social media and streaming services, and has spawned E-sports leagues and competitions. And yet, gaming should not be thought of solely in terms of entertainment. Advances in games and delivery platforms drive technology advances in components and systems that have benefits in other areas of business and life, and...

Tech Trends for 2022 (and Beyond!)

Technologies are ubiquitous in our lives: embedded in our homes, offices, and vehicles, and in our schools, healthcare, entertainment, and most other places we go. And yet, while technologies have become pervasive, there is no constancy: technology capabilities grow exponentially, entirely new technology products emerge rapidly, and the rate of digital transformation in our lives, companies, government, schools, and more is accelerating. Now, as we enter 2022, technologies like cloud computing, smartphones, and social media are central to our lives; AI and 5G are maturing and applications are increasing that will change our products, services, environments, and infrastructure; edge computing...

Quantum Computing: Transformational Capability

Computing has become pervasive in our lives, with microprocessors of many types, scales, and characteristics powering everything from home devices to high performance computing systems, from digital sensors to data centers, from cars to cloud computing services. Persistent exponential advances in microprocessors and semiconductor technologies present more performance at less cost and lower power consumption annually. However, there are important applications in healthcare, energy, environment, security, and more for which the annual increases in microprocessors remain woefully insufficient. Researchers, technology companies, government agencies, and others around the world are eager to discover and develop new methods of computing that can...