Keen on all things innovative when it comes to technology and culture? Suffer from pangs of envy when SXSW kicks off on the other side of the planet each March? Jetting around the world to get your fix mightn't be realistic; however, thanks to the return of Brisbane's Myriad festival, it's no longer necessary.
Holding its second annual program at the Brisbane Showgrounds from May 16 to 18, Myriad might still be a relative newcomer to the scene, but that hasn't stopped the fest from going big. More than 100 speakers will ponder the future of culture, health, food, money, cities, work and play — aka the event's key themes — at the kind of gathering that aims to bring technology's best and brightest together in the one place.
As for what everyone will be chatting about, topics include building virtual cities, driving flying cards, hacking the Great Barrier Reef and making digital art — and why artificial intelligence is about to influence our lives, so expect to hear about AI often. There'll also be sessions on how humans and bots can work together, technology in sport, whether 3D printing is a passing fad, and why working the 9-to-5 is falling by the wayside, just to name a few subjects.
Basically, it's three days of pondering the future and discussing more technological advancements than you'd see in a sci-fi movie. A word of warning, though: because Myriad is a conference-style event, tickets aren't cheap.