USA TODAY tech columnist Jefferson Graham hosts the Talking Tech video series for USA TODAY, and the daily audio edition, heard on USATODAY.com, Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes and SoundCloud. He's also an accomplished portrait photographer and jazz guitarist.
Two of the best speakers at the recent Code Conference were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Both are really enthused about the prospects of artificial intelligence and computing. What’s that all about? Check out the podcasts below.
We had a blast listening to Tesla and SpaceX CEO talk recently at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He talked about such lofty topics as creating colonies on Mars, hauling folks there beginning in 2024 and releasing a $35,000 self-driving car as early as next year.
But the most interesting thing about him–he sure liked to look upwards a lot!
CHARLESTON, S.C. — This week #TalkingTech went on the road to the Southeast.
We recorded podcasts, took lots of photos, went live on Facebook and Periscope and met really cool people in Atlanta, Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.
Seersucker suits are prominently offered for sale on King Street in Charleston, SC
The DigSouth festival was held in downtown Charleston
Some trip highlights:
We rounded up our USA TODAY TalkingTech interviews with Brooks Buffington, co-founder of Atlanta-based social messaging app Yik Yak, Will Jamieson, chief marketing officer for Charleston-based mobile video app Stre.am, Kristina Montague, managing partner of the Jump Fund, a venture-capital firm that invests in female-led tech start-ups from Chattanooga, Tenn., and our visit to Savannah’s Benedetto Guitars. We put them all together into one extended podcast.
Click the link above to listen.
Tech firm PeopleMatter is based on King Street in Charleston
Below: a video of my chat with Jamieson’s boss at Stre.am, Eric Bowman, who also owns the local soccer team and stadium. What did we do after the chat? Played soccer, of course.
We loved meeting Kristina Montague, the managing partner of the Jump Fund, which invests in female led tech firms from Chattanooga, TN. She’s wearing shoes made on a 3-D printer by Feetz, one of the fund’s investments.
And of course, no visit to Savannah is complete without stopping by fine jazz guitar maker Benedetto. My chat with the company president and jazz guitar great Howard Paul.
Jefferson Graham tries out a guitar at Benedetto’s HQ in Savannah
Jared Stubbs holds imported Italian wood that will become transformed to a fine jazz guitar
Culinary highlights–no visit to Savannah is complete without visiting the historic Clary’s Cafe, (circa 1903) or busy Leopold’s Ice Cream, also from 1903, complete with drugstore fountain, malts, milk shakes, orangeade and rich, goeey Peanut Butter Chippy’s. In Charleston we had the best cookie ever, Katy’s PB Perfection, with peanut butter chips, PB cups and Reese’s Pieces, from King Street Cookies.
A classic movie theater, ice cream parlor and art school dot Abacorn Street in Savannah
They like to take pictures of doors in Charleston, South Carolina–and for good reason!
They’re pretty stunning.
Here’s a collection of images from my recent Charleston visit–highlighted, of course, by the amazing Creamsicle cookies, via King Street Cookies. I was in town recently to speak at the Dig South conference.
Love this old Dentist sign from an office in Charleston
Loved moderating the panel–and doing a live #TalkingTech podcast, from the Dig South conference in Charleston, SC.
We talked about the pros and cons of having a tech start-up in a city with great weather, amazing historical buildings, low rent and many nearby beaches and islands. Have a listen!