Category: Opinion

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Lens on Creativity: Evgenia Arbugaeva

J. Walter Thompson is a proud supporter of the International Center of Photography (ICP), which held its 31st Annual Infinity Awards last month. The Infinity Awards have long celebrated the most distinguished careers and budding luminaries in the field of photography, including artists such as Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and Susan Sontag, among others over the years. The Lens on Creativity series features this year's ICP award winners, sharing their creative inspiration, vision and groundbreaking work. ...READ MORE
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Periscope: A portal into another world

I’ve been live video streaming for fifteen days, since I downloaded the Periscope app.

Not constantly, thankfully, but it’s definitely been a daily occurrence. I can’t stop. It’s a strange feeling as I’ve been using social media for over 11 years and working in the industry for 7. I shouldn’t be that excited, new shiny social media services come out all the time. ...READ MORE
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Top takeaways from SXSW 2015 by JWTIntelligence

SXSW Interactive was bigger than ever this year, with more than 33,000 attendees and hundreds of panels, workshops and brunches. The best and truly futuristic content can be hard to find amid the conference’s bloated schedule, but JWTIntelligence selected the most compelling insights for its latest report, a roundup of the key themes and takeaways from SXSW Interactive 2015. ...READ MORE
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J. Walter Thompson @ SXSWi: How playing video games is good for your brain

On my final day at SXSW, I attended the session "How video games are disrupting medicine and education," an enlightening look at the benefits of gaming hosted by two leading neurology professors. ...READ MORE
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ADFEST 2015: Impressions

The last award has been handed out, the last grain of Pattaya beach sand dusted off. But before our creative heads got a chance to lay their heads down and catch up on sleep, we asked them to tell us what caught their eye at ADFEST 2015 (March 19-21) and what they learned. ...READ MORE
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ADFEST 2015: So bad, it’s good

What does it mean to be “bad”? Breaking the rules? Shocking your audience? Or gathering a critical mass of men wearing tight pants at a convention hall in Pattaya?

1,110 delegates flew in from 53 cities around the world to try to answer that question in Pattaya, Thailand from March 19-21 in one of Asian advertising’s biggest annual events. The theme for ADFEST 2015: Be Bad. ...READ MORE
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J. Walter Thompson @ SXSWi: Biotech, nanotech and 3D printing body parts

I've always been interested in futuristic technology and its potential to enrich and extend our lives so I was excited to attend talks and panel discussions about nanotech, bioengineering and 3D bioprinting, especially after seeing Martine Rothblatt's keynote on Sunday on the topic of "AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves." ...READ MORE
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J. Walter Thompson @ SXSWi: Power and Fame online – community, culture & internet celebrities

Over the course of the SXSW Interactive conference there are a number of sessions looking at YouTubers, influencers and social media celebrities. On day two I attended a session called "Changing faces of Fame: Social Media Celebrities" and the session I decided to attend Sunday was titled "YouTube grows up: Community and Culture." ...READ MORE
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J. Walter Thompson @ SXSWi: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Mind Clones

Today in Austin, Martine Rothblatt, author, medical ethicist, SiriusXM founder, CEO of United Therapeutics Corporation and the highest paid female executive in the United States, sat down with New York Magazine journalist Lisa Miller for a SXSW session on artificial intelligence, human consciousness, robotics and how technology can enhance human life. ...READ MORE