Famed scientist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about the importance of space exploration today during his keynote at South by Southwest Interactive. Despite advances by private companies, particularly SpaceX, he said they won’t be the ones making the biggest breakthroughs.
Tyson admitted that for him, the appeal of space travel is the simple fact that it’s “a frontier.” However, there are more practical reasons to go into space. For one thing, we need to be able to respond if we find out that an asteroid is headed for Earth.
“You know the dinosuars would have if they could have,” Tyson said. He joked that failing to pursue a space program when we have the scientific and technological capability would make us “the laughing stock” of other intelligent species: “They’d have human bones on display in their museum. ‘Here they are, not building a spaceship.'”
He also suggested that…
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Wearables are being used by users to measure their activity and provide them with feedback that can help them improve their health. Today, a new startup called Lightwave is using wearable technology to provide analytics around live events for performers and artists.
The project was started by Rana June, who was co-founder and VP of marketing at social ad and analytics startup Medialets. But most people know her best from her days touring as the first big iPad DJ, back when creating music on the tablet was a hugely novel thing.
After several years of taking time off and dreaming up the next big thing, she decided to do something that would combine both her tech and music experience. The result is Lightwave, which provides actionable analytics for real-world events.
At the heart of the project is a wearable wristband that measures a number of different user interactions…
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