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

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

Business Jobs

New Tools to Tackle the Business Diversity Crisis

Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

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. 
Photo Credit: Andrey Khrobostov (c) 123RF.COM

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

Techonomy Events

Techonomy Finally Comes to NYC on May 26!

illustration by Clara Kirkpatrick

Join leading thinkers at our first day-long hometown conference, Techonomy NYC on Thursday, May 26. Here in New York we get different insights and see opportunities we might miss in Silicon Valley, or anywhere else. Speakers include Agus, boyd, Everson, Federer, Foroohar, Morgan, Rosenworcel, Ruh, Sundararajan, Tantoco, Tett, Winkler, and many more. It's going to rock.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing Society

Without Design, Innovation Doesn’t Happen: A Conversation with Paola Antonelli

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Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture & design and director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art, is a passionate advocate for the importance of design in society and business. Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick conducted this extensive interview with her over lunch in New York.   More

Analytics & Data Internet of Things Partner Insights

Why Verizon is Betting on The Internet of Things

image by  Bee-Teerapol, courtesy Shutterstock

The "Internet of Things" is the next big move as the economy goes digital. Measuring and acting on signals generated by everything from steps individuals take to the amount of water flowing over a dam, a vast new industry is emerging to bring more efficiency to society. In a comprehensive new report released Tuesday, Verizon outlines why this Internet of Things (IoT) transition is critical to business. The company has products, a platform, and enormous enthusiasm for this transformation.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Healthcare Goes Digital: Fewer Hospitals, Empowered Doctors, and a Medical Sharing Economy

Digital tools hold the promise of not just making people healthier, but radically upending the structure of the healthcare industry.   (Photo: Africa Studio via Shutterstock)

Tech is helping drive exciting changes in healthcare, though they don’t galvanize public attention like driverless cars or virtual reality headsets. But as the industry embraces digital strategies, American patients may begin to see a patient-centric model that will streamline the system and upend the way medical professionals operate.   More

Arts & Culture Cities Startup Culture

Reflections from Ross: Art, Tech, and Civic Life in NYC

This session on Technologized Civic Life at Techonomy Detroit 2015 was moderated by the Atlantic's Jim Fallows.

I’m writing this week's post from Civic Hall in NYC, a fantastic co-working, gathering, and events space just around the corner from Techonomy's office on West 22nd Street. There I bumped into organizers of the first NYC Creative Tech Week, April 29-May 8, a full week of programming on the intersection of tech, media, creativity, art and design. Here are some Techonomy links that demonstrate this intersection.   More

Arts & Culture Bio & Life Sciences

Glowing Rabbits and Sculptures That Breathe: The Rise of BioArt

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“BioArt” is a growing movement that involves either using living organisms as part of a work of art or imitating life processes and biological research to create art that critiques or embraces life sciences. Artists have created glowing bunnies, sculptures that breathe, and even encoded sexual drawings in living cells.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Lawsuit Underscores Risk of Thinking Genetic Tests Authoritative

Interpreting the results of genetic testing remains as much art as science. (Image courtesy Shutterstock)

A recently filed lawsuit suggests trouble may be brewing for the new era of genomic testing. A mother claims an inaccurate test result contributed to the death of her young son, who had a mitochondrial disorder. But interpreting genetic tests remains as much art as science, which we will have to accept if this field is to get on its feet. It would be a shame if such tragedies hindered the innovations that will ultimately make genomic medicine more reliable.   More

Government Society

So Far, Presidential Candidates Mostly Disappoint on Tech Issues

Hillary Clinton got the best grade for her tech-elated positions, but even she only scored a B+. Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

The next President has the chance to either help the U.S. increase its lead around innovation or watch our country fall further back into a morass of bad policies and failed programs. Working with Engine, a tech policy organization, Tusk Ventures looked at where each of the candidates stands on tech-related issues. So how did they do? Not so great.   More

Internet of Things Security & Privacy

Why We Can’t Use Things to Secure the Internet of Things

Hardware doesn't work to secure digital mobile transactions. Photo: Danai Khampiranon via Shutterstock

Marc Andreessen first famously wrote “software is eating the world” five years ago, and now software is transforming entire industries. But when it comes to securing digital transactions, the world mostly still relies on hardware. But as we we all transact more and more through connected devices, this hardware way of securing mobile commerce simply won't suffice.   More

Internet of Things Mobile Transportation

The Next Industries to Be Transformed by Tech: Shipping and Mining

Illustration courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Mining and shipping are industries thus far almost wholly unreconstructed by mobile tech. But soon, remote-control earthmovers, sensor-connected containers, and network-linked augmented reality goggles will change both unalterably. The Internet of Things (IoT) is going underground and out to sea.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things Partner Insights

Philips CEO van Houten on Digital Health’s Future

Philips CEO Frans van Houten was a big presence at the giant recent HIMSS healthcare & tech conference in Las Vegas. HIMSS is where the digital world meets the world of health, and Philips aims increasingly to be a central player in that conjunction. I interviewed van Houten briefly on the show floor and separately conducted a lengthy interview with him on stage. He has five lessons he wants healthcare to learn from other industries.   More

Analytics & Data Internet of Things

Reflections from Ross: On Drones and CubeSats

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Oceans cover about 71 percent of the earth’s surface. We think of everything as constantly connected, yet in a world where we are drowning in oceans of data the ocean itself is a data dead zone. But there’s a transformation underway. CubeSats and drones are changing not just the way we get access to information about what’s happening on the surface of our planet—from cities to forests to the middle of nowhere—but the frequency at which we get that information.   More

Techonomy Events Video

10 Great Talks by Women at Techonomy

In honor of women around the world leading the way toward a more equitable future, on this International Women's Day we assembled ten of our favorite talks by women at Techonomy conferences over the years. There are plenty more where these came from.   More

Finance

The Key to Blockchain Adoption: Make It Cheaper

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Blockchain—the technology behind (or interwoven with) BitCoin—is the main story. The "cryptocurrency" is almost a distraction, a sideshow to the real deal. Blockchain is a public ledger, a record against which anyone can see whether a transaction contained therein is valid. The applications may be mind-boggling.   More