It’s typical for local publications to showcase the yearly keynote speakers at SXSW Interactive here in Austin where Journyx is based, but there’s always one speaker that shines just a little bit brighter than the others. This year it was Cyborg Anthropologist Amber Case:
Case is responsible for the app Geoloqi and speaks at many tech conferences. She even has a TED Talk under her belt called “We Are All Cyborgs Now.” I find Case fascinating because she speaks about technology like she’s already seen how it will ultimately develop. Case isn’t afraid of the fact that we are dependent on technology. Rather, she sees power in mobile technology becoming an extension of ourselves. Case has convinced me that we need more philosophical discussions of our developing relationship with technology as new tech is developed.
Ultimately, what Amber Case has to say about technology makes me very excited, and a lot of other people are taking notice as well.
Many U.S.-based companies (including Journyx) didn’t have a company holiday for President’s day this past Monday. Why is that? It’s not a surprise that many Americans found themselves at work last Monday considering that we work more hours than almost any other industrialized country. Watch what David Lazarus of The LA Times has to say about American work hours: