Advances in computing, demand-tracking sensors, pricing algorithms and other tech have made it easier for companies to forecast demand for their products and services -- and charge accordingly.
Big-picture issues and futuristic ideas -- rather than the usual hot app or tech startup launch -- have taken over the spotlight at this year's South by Southwest Interactive tech jamboree.
What happens when computer programs beat humans at board games? This is the question AI experts ask after a Google-developed program called AlphaGo defeated a world champion Go player.
Ahead of his keynote at the SXSW conference, President Barack Obama tweeted that he plans to "make the case that tech and innovation can make government work better for everyone."
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