SXSW Adds Christiane Amanpour, Peter Thiel, Ezra Klein, Alex Rodrigues and More To SXSW Speaker Lineup.
South By Southwest is never one to disappoint when it comes to their lineup of speakers, musicians, and celebrities speaking at the annual pilgrimage to Austin Texas. Earlier this week the SXSW gods added even more amazing speakers to an already great lineup.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Vox co-founder and Editor at Large Ezra Klein, Paypal Mafia godfather and venture capitalist (and Silicon Valley show inspiration) Peter Thiel, Creator of LeWeb and serial entrepreneur Loic LeMeur, Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson and former New York Yankee and Mr. Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez have all been added to the speaker lineup for what’s shaping up to be the best SXSW in the events history.
“This diverse and dynamic group of speakers represents many of the burgeoning trends we see coming out of SXSW in 2018,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “From leaders in blockchain and AI ethicists to supporters of women’s rights around the world and more, we’re excited to showcase many of the exciting ideas that make our event the foremost destination for creative people.”
Christiane Amanpour (News & Journalism) – Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning, flagship global affairs program Amanpour. She is based in the network’s London bureau. Amanpour’s fearless and uncompromising approach has made her popular with audiences, and a force to be reckoned with by global influencers.
Ryan Holiday and Peter Thiel (News & Journalism) – Ryan Holiday is the best-selling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying; The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His upcoming book Conspiracy will be released on March 6, 2018. Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004, Thiel launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance.
Ezra Klein (Government) – Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and co-founder of Vox, the news brand from Vox Media known for explaining the news and going deeper into the stories that define the world today. Klein focuses on writing, reporting, and podcasting, and offers creative guidance to Vox’s Emmy-nominated video programming.
Walter Isaacson (Startup & Tech Sectors) – Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time Magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. Isaacson is also the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.
Loic Le Meur, Adam Cheyer, Daphne Koller, and Nell Watson (Intelligent Future) – This group of extraordinary leaders and AI experts will discuss and debate the burning questions around AI. Do we need to fear the rapid progress in AI? Does AI replace humans or augment us, and is now the right time to be worrying about ethics, or is it still too early? They’ll examine where AI is being practically applied in industry now, along with the “unexpected” applications. Looking to get into the mix? Hear how to start an AI company and why it is a good idea. What’s next? Learn how biology and medicine are a big AI frontier and more.
Alex Rodriguez with Mark Hoffman (Sports) – Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest players in the history of the game, reflects on his storied career — the highs and the lows — and how he’s leveraging what he’s learned to mentor a new generation of sports stars on his new CNBC primetime series, Back in the Game. CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman will moderate the conversation.