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Every year, some of the biggest names in tech, media, film, television, and music descend on downtown Austin for SXSW to talk about the future, what it might look like, and how soon we may find ourselves there. _The Verge_ will be back in Austin this year alongside Vox Media with its own slate of programming and events. We'll also have reporters on the ground covering the interviews, panels, and meetups that make SXSW such a fascinating snapshot of what's around the corner. There's a lot to cover this year, from the problems plaguing the world's most influential and widely used internet platforms to prognostications about next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and the blockchain. Additionally, SXSW is a premier destination for film screenings and chats with actors, directors, and all manner of online and offline creators. We'll be doing our best to cover it all, so stay tuned for more coverage from the festival here.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a Nic Cage meme as a movie

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Everything Everywhere All At Once is charming, sprawling, and completely ridiculous

Amazon will feature SXSW films in a virtual film festival on Prime Video

Twitter pulls out of SXSW conference over coronavirus concerns

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Electronic music has a performance problem, and this artist is trying to solve it

Girl on the Third Floor is a skin-crawling horror movie about home improvement

Jordan Peele’s Us turns a political statement into unnerving horror

Why the alien-occupation drama Captive State isn’t a Trump film

I See You is a beautifully crafted puzzle of a horror movie

The interactive Syfy project Eleven Eleven will make you want to watch the same story six times

Snatchers finds body-horror and humor in teen pregnancy

New documentary Autonomy makes the convincing case that self-driving cars will change everything

Instagram founders say selling to Facebook didn’t reduce competition among social networks

A cyclone of scooters has descended on Austin for SXSW, for better or worse

HQ Trivia’s first live event was ruined by people who weren’t in the audience

LG might sell a pod-based ice cream-making gadget in the future

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘we should be excited about automation’ founder George Hotz wants to free humanity from the AI simulation

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SXSW 2019: all the news, panels, and activations

Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

I tried to get abs at SXSW but couldn’t handle the burn

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley thinks a reckoning is coming over data privacy

Foursquare’s founder really wants to know if his new phone-tracking feature is creepy or not

What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films

Elizabeth Harvest is a high-tech, twist-packed take on the Bluebeard fairy tale

Unfriended: Dark Web is clever, dour, and punishing

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One improves immensely on the book

How a creative think tank in Austin is developing a new generation of interactive storytellers

A day in real-life Westworld from a host’s perspective

I ruined my trip to Westworld by treating it like a video game

The best part of real-life Westworld was learning what people want from Westworld