Ambient reality, data overload, social business, and creating ethical standards amid a quickly burgeoning socia-media landscape are some of the themes dominating conversations this year at tech conferences like SXSW. Here's a quick crib sheet.
An iBank. That's possibly the most amazing (and terrifying) thing Apple could do with its $100 billion. New data suggests such an institution would have Apple disrupting yet another industry in no time flat.
Despite all the cynicism I've seen about marketing professionals—so often depicted as subversive brainwashers, spin doctors, or snake-oil salesmen—I've often imagined that even those who seemed aligned with mind-boggling products, causes, or political candidates must believe in what they do. That's my eternal optimism speaking, or perhaps my naivete.