Eric Schmidt, Megan Smith & Walter Isaacson at SXSW 2015. Image by: SXSW / YouTube
Eric Schmidt, Megan Smith & Walter Isaacson at SXSW 2015. Image by: SXSW / YouTube

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Written by: Matthew McGuire

Watch and experience biographer Walter Isaacson in conversation with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google.


Their discussion goes over emerging technologies in the private and public sector. Smith speaks about her perspective with the interaction between the government and the public.

Schmidt and Smith find common ground when talking about broadband, immigration, education and Internet connectivity.

Schmidt poses the questions, but the conversation lacked problem solving techniques to create solutions. This is a major reoccurring trend in live discussions in general. I would love to see each speaker come up with a solution and have the audience vote on the concept.

Live debates and live discussions are invaluable to generating dialogue to difficult issues.

This is where public speaking needs to make a jump into the twenty-first century. Smart phones and handheld digital devices can create data to use as research for new trends in technology.

After live debates, data from the audience votes can be used to show a micro example of how a percentage of the population thinks on the issue at hand. Live discussions need to have more than a quick Q & A to be truly interactive.

Watch the live conversation between Eric Schmidt, Megan Smith & Walter Isaacson at SXSW Interactive 2015.

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.