Analytics & Data Business Techonomy Events

Techonomy NYC Is a Lens on a New Kind of Society

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We've curated an astonishingly diverse group of speakers to provoke us on May 26 about how tech and the Internet of Things points to an entirely new sort of society. We want you to walk away thinking about how it will affect business structure and strategy, health, cities, how we'll work, the future of marketing, and more.   More

Internet of Things Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Techonomy NYC!

It’s finally time for Techonomy NYC, our first conference in New York. May 26 we’ll be gathering a great group of speakers and participants to discuss how the expanding digital economy and the Internet of Things is transforming ecosystems and the underlying social and economic infrastructure of our cities.   More

Analytics & Data Media & Marketing Techonomy Events

Hyper-Efficient Marketing Will Transform the Corporation

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More than 60 years ago, Peter Drucker implored businesses to focus on marketing as THE core competency. Now marketing technology is making that wisdom all the more relevant. Soon ads will be delivered on platforms like Facebook and synchronized with TV ad campaigns, with both evaluated together to measure their contribution to sales that day. Businesses that win will make marketing skills and people the center of their companies.   More

Internet of Things Transportation

Your Next Car Will Drive Better Than You

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Even tiny distractions while driving can be a matter of life or death. Now self-learning cars are beginning to employ machine learning to understand a driver’s behavior and preferences, to minimize distraction. Cars may become something like a human personal assistant, making driving safer.   More

Analytics & Data Partner Insights

Digital Transformation is Hard. Software Can Help

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Transitioning an enterprise into the digital world is not easy, and poor online user experience can make or break a business. Companies need to invest in tools and services to enable the transformation, and measure the impact of poor user experience online.   More

Business Transportation

Trucking Could be the First Destination for the Self-driving Revolution

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Self-driving cars tend to spur the selfish parts of our imagination. When we read the latest article about Google’s or Tesla’s self-driving experiments, we picture quiet naps on the commute home from work as the steering wheel turns in front of us: An idyllic moment in the future of personal transport. But despite our earnest […]   More

Bio & Life Sciences Security & Privacy

How Microbes Could Help Track Criminals

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In the not-distant future, crime scene analysts will be gathering a lot more than DNA. The microbiome, or the universe of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on us, is the latest target in forensics. DNA evidence can be hard to find at a crime scene, but criminals (and all of us) have trouble keeping microbes to themselves.   More

Analytics & Data Arts & Culture

The Coming Age of Creative AI: From Roboadvisors to Roboartists

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Data scientists are creating robo-artists out of digital neuron clusters called recurrent neural networks. They use machine learning and artificial intelligence to reverse engineer visual art, generating images that resemble Picassos, Van Goghs and Munchs. Now that our software progeny are transcending their humble beginnings they just might become real artists, amplifying and robotizing creativity.   More

Cities Internet of Things Techonomy Events

It Took Us Six Years to Develop Techonomy NYC (Finally, It’s May 26!)

Tech infuses life in New York and elsewhere more clearly every day.

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The perspective you get doing business and journalism in New York is global, in context of every industry, and grounded in human, social and political realities. So it's about time we organized here the kind of big-picture conversation about how tech changes everything that Techonomy uniquely curates. An amazing group of speakers from tech, business, government, and media help us understand the Internet of Things and much more.   More

Cities Internet of Things Transportation

Connected Vehicles Make Cities Smarter

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With the vast majority of the human population soon in cities, we know we have to leverage information technology to enhance city services, increase safety and improve quality of life. It turns out that the cheapest solution to acquire massive amounts of actionable urban data as well as expand urban wireless coverage may be to rapidly connect as many vehicles moving around the city as possible. An effort to do that in Porto, Portugal is well underway.   More

Energy & Green Tech Internet of Things

Arun Sundararajan on IoT, the Sharing Economy, and Energy

In an interview with Techonomy’s Josh Kampel, NYU’s Arun Sundararajan, author of the newly-released The Sharing Economy, talks about how the Internet of Things intersects with the sharing economy, and how the energy industry is about to be disrupted. Sundararajan  is speaking at Techonomy NYC on May 26 at NYU. To join us, email TENYC@Techonomy.com.   More

Analytics & Data Cities Internet of Things

Smart Neighborhood Data Can Help Small Business

An MIT student installs sensors in Downtown Crossing, Boston, as part of  an effort to generate data to help small businesses. (Photo courtesy GoDaddy.com)

As cities turn themselves into smart cities, a critical component is small business. GoDaddy joined with the Social Computing group at the MIT Media Lab to install sensors in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood to collect data and use it to help small businesses. Info about pedestrian and vehicle movement, air quality and noise will be combined with retail information in hopes of helping them compete and thrive. I'll talk about this at Techonomy NYC.   More

Arts & Culture Internet of Things Society

Reflections from Ross: Art, Culture and Tech

Paola Antonelli of MoMA speaking at Creative Tech Week in New York. We, too, think of her as a goddess. (photo Simone Ross)

Last week DLD was in New York for their annual shindig, and the city was treated to its first Creative Tech Week. CTW brought together artists, designers, makers, creators, entrepreneurs, developers and new media folk to show off their work. And DLD, a wonderful marriage of German and American sensibilities, included two museum curators who spoke about some digital challenges facing art.   More

Finance Government Society

Accelerating Financial Inclusion with National Digital Currencies

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Central banks from England to China have floated the notion of issuing their own national digital currencies. The banks may issue digital currency units alongside notes and coins and adjust the mix over time. If they do, it could accelerate and help scale a wave of service innovations that advance financial inclusion, stimulate economic growth, and spur social progress.   More

Arts & Culture

It’s Complicated: TechnoHeritage Marries Tech and Cultural Heritage 

The use of tech to preserve, reproduce and recreate antiquities and items of cultural value is not new. Apple's The Virtual Museum CD-ROM (remember that?!) came out way back in 1992. Now ancient ruins across the globe are being destroyed by war, terrorism and natural disasters. While tech offers incredible ways to recreate treasures, an article in The Boston Globe underscores the complex cultural, ethical, legal and political questions that raises.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Government Healthcare

NIH Fast-Tracks Giant Precision Medicine Study

President Obama visiting the National Institutes of Health in 2014. Now he wants citizens to have access to the data in an upcoming gigantic healthcare study open to one million Americans. (photo: NIH)

At a genomics conference last week, National Institutes of Health official Kathy Hudson provided an update on the government’s gigantic Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). NIH aims to make real progress before the next president takes over–and to enable any American who wants to to take part.   More

Cities Internet of Things Techonomy Events

Program Director Ross on Techonomy NYC—One Month Away!

On Thursday May 26 we host Techonomy NYC. Our diverse program covers everything from finance and banking to health, smart cities, crowd-based capitalism and the impact of tech on culture and trust. We’ve got 27 speakers, including Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, Data & Society’s danah boyd, IBM’s Blockchain expert Jerry Cuomo, Facebook’s Carolyn Everson, Bayer head of digital development Jessica Federer, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, GE Digital CEO Bill Ruh, Betterment CEO Jon Stein and NYC CTO Minerva Tantoco. Join us!   More

Business Jobs

New Tools to Tackle the Business Diversity Crisis

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Almost every company is embarrassingly uniform in its ethnic and gender makeup, even as data increasingly shows that in diversity is strength. Now, finally, software and other tools are emerging that may help bring a more natural human variety to organizations. Hiring women, minorities, and people who generally don’t look and think like the boss is not just good for society. More diversified workforces help create more profitable and faster-growing companies.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Government Healthcare

Senators Seek to Legislate DNA Privacy—But Is It Really Possible?

Senator Elizabeth Warren joined with Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming to protect some DNA data. (photo U.S. Treasury Department)

A new bill introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Mike Enzi would add important privacy protections for genetic data generated by federally funded scientists or housed in government databases. It aims to protect research participants who expect their data to remain confidential. Even if the bill passes, though, the genetic data may not always be protected. But some genomics leaders now say full protection may not even be possible.   More

Global Tech Healthcare

Health Tech Innovation Blooms in Singapore

The Helix Bridge in downtown Singapore symbolizes how important science and tech are to Singapore’s own national DNA. 
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As healthcare across Asia modernizes, many health tech companies are setting up shop in Singapore, one of the region’s most dynamic healthcare innovation hubs. The innovation-centric country recently committed over $13 billion USD to a five-year R&D plan that emphasizes biomedical sciences.   More