Category: Art, Science and Inspiration

NASA and the journey to Mars

NASA is planning for the 2023 manned trip into deep space and around the moon. Then, what they hope to be a decade later, the trip to Mars. Astronauts Jessica Meir and Victor Glover, Lead Systems Engineer Yves Lamothe, Orion Mission Planner Nujoud Merancy and Spacecraft Integration and Evolution Manager Chris Crumbly all participated in...

Why Happiness Is Hard and How to Make It Easier

Andy Puddicombe, meditation teacher, former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace led the closing keynote at SXSW Interactive 2016. The talk provided insight into Puddicombe’s philosophy behind the possibilities for finding inner peace in the modern world. At an event for young innovators, early adopters and all-around incredibly tech focused and busy people, Puddicombe joked...

Can computers recognize beauty in photographs?

What makes the beautiful photo? While there’s no such thing as a perfect photo, programmers are working on developing machines that can choose aesthetically pleasing photos. This is the topic of the panel “The Photographer’s Lens: How Do We Define Beauty?” On the panel were Danielle Strle, the director of culture and trends at Tumblr;...

SXSWistful

I’m sitting in a darkened theater watching a comedy show. The room seats 90 people. It’s a late show, and I only stayed out because there’s a writer from The Daily Show performing. Then the host comes out and says, “We have a very special guest with us tonight…Mr. Judd Apatow.” That’s right, the director...