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It’s raining, and commuting to Austin’s Hyatt Regency from the main stage at South by Southwest requires a half-mile walk over a busy overpass. But the topic of a panel assembling on its second floor is enticing enough that every chair in the conference room is full, and latecomers stand in the back. “Next Evolution in Communication: What Will Happen,” the sign in front says. No question mark. This panel implies answers.
Telepathy has assembled an unlikely cast of characters to provide them. In addition to its own “Entrepreneur, Visionary, CEO” (as the panel summary describes him), Takahito Iguchi, there’s a cyber illusionist and MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow named Marco Tempest, who has prepared a magic show, as well as the founder of a soon-to-be launched startup that makes smart jewelry. The moderator works for an advertising agency Telepathy is friendly with in Japan, where the startup was founded.
And what, exactly, is Telepathy?