IEEE Unveils Lineup of Leading Technologists Presenting at Annual SXSW® Conference

Curated in partnership with SXSW, IEEE’s seventh annual “Tech for
Humanity Series” explores leading-edge technologies, critical issues and
the societal and ethical implications of high-tech advancements that
will shape humanity’s future

the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for humanity, today announced its lineup of
speakers and events at the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference
in Austin, Texas, 9-18 March 2018. The 2018 IEEE “Tech for Humanity
Series” includes 30 global technologists and thought leaders who will
participate in 12 speaking sessions. The series also includes three Meet
Ups, an official party and an experiential trade show presence with a
virtual reality (VR) activationAll sessions can be
searched for in the official SXSW schedule and followed using the
hashtag #IEEESXSW on Facebook,
and Twitter.

IEEE’s seventh annual SXSW series explores the future of quantum
computing, machine learning and “machine consciousness,” and digital
identity. A secondary theme centered on the future of the human body
will explore the future of regenerative medicine, human tissue and organ
manufacturing, extreme bionics, clinical VR, and full-body multisensory
engagement through hearables, scent technology and reality gaming. The
series will also highlight critical ethical issues at the intersection
of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

William Hurley (whurley), founder and CEO of Strangeworks, Inc., IEEE
Senior Member, and Chair of IEEE’s Quantum Computing Working Group will
deliver the SXSW Convergence Keynote address entitled “The
Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing”
 on Tuesday,
13 March at 2:00 pm. From advancing artificial intelligence and
meteorology to driving breakthroughs in molecular modeling and particle
physics, to creating next-generation cryptography, this IEEE Tech for
Humanity session will expose the radical paradigm shift quantum
computing will drive in emerging technology, highlight how it will
permanently alter the computing landscape and influence shifts in the
balance of international power.

“We are in a race where countries are investing billions for a chance to
be the world’s first quantum computing superpower,” says whurley. “The
quantum age teases us with technological advancements that could change
humanity’s future. That doesn’t mean we should ignore the potential

The IEEE “Tech for Humanity Series” includes two SXSW Featured Sessions.

Dean Kamen, world-renown inventor, humanitarian and founder of DEKA
Research & Development, FIRST®, and FIRST® Global, and IEEE Member will
address his newest undertaking in Regenerative
Medicine and Human Tissue Manufacturing
. Discover how the Advanced
Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) is working to turn
advancements in the regenerative medicine ecosystem into a full-scale
biofabrication industry. Explore a future where the mass production of
human cells, tissue and organs may be fabricated on demand from
recipients’ own cells—saving lives and curing chronic conditions.

Bionics: The Future of Human Ability
 features IEEE Member Hugh Herr,
Co-Founder the Center for Extreme Bionics, MIT Media Lab; Aimee Mullins,
actress, model and the first female amputee to compete in the NCAA; and
Professor Hans Georg Naeder, third-generation CEO of the world’s leading
prosthetic and orthotic manufacturer Ottobock. This session will explore
the latest advancements in biomechatronics, surgery, optogenetic
interfaces and regenerative medicine, highlighting how connecting human
biology with technology can be achieved more seamlessly than ever
before. Explore a world where disability is redefined, where prosthetics
look and feel like their biological counterparts, and technology helps
extend and transcend natural human physicality, cognition, creativity
and sensory abilities like never before.

The 2018 IEEE “Tech for Humanity Series” includes a lineup of
heavy-hitting speakers, including former Secretary US Department of
Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff; Poppy Crum, Dolby Chief Scientist
and Associate IEEE Member; Doc Searls, Co-Author of The
Cluetrain Manifesto
 and director of ProjectVRM at the Berkman Klein
Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; Christof Koch of
the Allen Institute for Brain Science; Dr. Leslie Saxon body computing
pioneer and Associate IEEE Member; Skip Rizzo, clinical VR pioneer and
IEEE Member, University of Southern California; NY Times best-selling
SciFi author Robert Venditti; and an array of technology luminaries and
innovators. Additional IEEE sessions include:

SXSW Chief Programming Officer Hugh Forrest remarked, “Over the past
seven years, IEEE has helped curate some remarkable sessions featuring
some of the world’s leading technologists and innovators at SXSW. This
year builds on that tradition. We remain enthusiastic about IEEE’s 2018
“Tech for Humanity” lineup at SXSW and our ongoing partnership to
showcase thought leaders, leading-edge technologies, critical issues and
insights related to the challenges and impacts new technologies will
have on humanity.”

The full session and speaker lineup can be found on the IEEE “Tech for
Humanity” series landing
, with hyperlinks to the SXSW schedule.

Official SXSW Party, Meet Ups and Trade Show VR Activation

The IEEE Tech for Humanity Series at SXSW also includes IEEE’s fifth
annual Official SXSW party at the historic Driskill Hotel on Sunday, 11
March from 8-10 pm. The party features music, open bar, STEAM carnival
entertainment from Two Bit Circus, IEEE Technology displays and more.
The IEEE Tech for Humanity Party will be preceded by a private,
invitation-only VIP/Media preview hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Interested
press can request VIP admission by contacting the IEEE party organizer.

In addition, IEEE will host three one-hour Meet Up networking events for
SXSW badge holders, including:

From 11-14 March, IEEE will also host an experiential trade show booth
at the SXSW Trade Show. Located in booth #523, IEEE will feature “IEEE
uniVRse,” an experience of emerging augmented, mixed and virtual reality
technologies. Participants will explore their technology future,
highlighted by visionary applications in healthcare and colonizing other
worlds. Along the way, they will experiment with some of the innovations
IEEE is helping bring about to enable this transformation.

About SXSW

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals.
Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is best known for its conference and
festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and
music industries. The event, an essential destination for global
professionals, features conference programming, showcases, screenings,
exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that
the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people
come together. SXSW 2018 will take place March 09- 18, 2018. Learn more

About IEEE

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advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly
cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional
and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety
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