Author: Charles Duoto

AI on the Horizon: Challenges, Directions, Futures

Eric Horvitz is an absolute authority on technology. For the last 25 years, he’s worked at Microsoft. Now, he currently serves as the technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft Research. Horvitz said that artificial intelligence is at a tipping point, where it will begin to become a more common staple in our lives, as both computer...

(10)99 Problems and W-2s Ain’t One

  According to the panelists hosting (10)99 Problems and W-2s Ain’t One, the so-called gig economy has picked up significant steam within the last few years. It’s simple really, Americans are frequently working part-time, whether it’s traditional freelancing jobs like photography, or the newly created ride sharing economy. Colleen Poynton said that Americans working part-time jobs...

Diversity-Friendly Software

We cannot hack racism and sexism out of a product – Shireen Mitchell Panelists Jon Pincus and Shireen Mitchell were not afraid to tackle the social issues surrounding today’s software and online platforms in their SXSW panel, Diversity-Friendly Software. Unsurprisingly, today’s software works best for the people just like the programmers. This is a major limitation, since...

TBT: Jordon Brown

Throwback Thursday – To commemorate the 10th year of SXTXState, each Thursday we’ll be featuring past participants in the project. Check back each Thursday until SXSW to find out what SXTXState alumni remember from their time with the project and what they are up to now. Jordon Brown is another prime example of success from...

Preview: Disrupting J School with Digital Culture

Robert Hernandez is not your typical journalism professor. He teaches as an associate professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he doesn’t necessarily consider himself an academic. “I am what’s called a practitioner,” Hernandez said. “There are academics that are boring and hypothetical about what the...

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Preview: Zero Day Software Vulnerabilities: Deal With It

Tod Beardsley is the Director of Research at Rapid7, an IT and computer security firm. He has over 20 years of experience in computer security, having worked for major tech companies such as 3COM and Dell. These days, Beardsley primarily speaks at security and coding conferences, discussing the disclosure of security vulnerabilities. Of course sometimes, he...

Top 5 Panels for Computer Hackers

The computer hacker lifestyle has always intrigued young technology users. It’s easy to imagine dark rooms, dimly lit by old CRT monitors as one cyber-hero stays up to 3 a.m. probing the dark corners of the web. Okay, so maybe we can’t all be like the Hollywood movie hackers, quickly typing away at a DOS prompt to prevent...

TBT Preview: Dale Blasingame

Throwback Thursday – To commemorate the 10th year of SXTXState, each Thursday we’ll be featuring past participants in the project. Check back each Thursday until SXSW to find out what SXTXState alumni remember from their time with the project and what they are up to now. Dale Blasingame is the definition of Texas State homegrown. He...