Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Two weeks until Techonomy 2016!


With two weeks until Techonomy 2016, Nov. 9-11, there is lots of fine tuning underway here. The big news this week is that Mark Zuckerberg will join us. But that is just one component of a three day program with a great roster of cross-industry and multi-disciplinary speakers from around the world. The program features 78 speakers (40% women) talking about everything from the implications of the election (How can we not?) to Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, planetary-scale computation, the modernization of currency and the impact of gene modification on…well, everything.   More

Business Community Insights

The Corporation as Technology

If we think of companies as a technology for value creation, we can apply principles of innovation to accelerate change. (Image courtesy Shutterstock)

We think of technology as using computer science, biology or chemistry. But what if we consider the corporation itself as a kind of technology? It's possible to see the corporation as a technology for organizing labor, resources and capital towards the creation of economic and social value. So what defines a techonomic company?   More

Cities Transportation

Happy Trails: An Inexpensive Way to Revive American Suburbs


As people move more and more to cities, suburban America is in need of a facelift. City living is attractive to young people because they are aware of their energy consumption, they like the action there, and the cost of car and home ownership is often out of reach. Suburban areas across the country are utilizing new trail systems to connect communities, making them more bikeable, pedestrian friendly and green.   More

Government Techonomy Events

Clinton, Trump, and the World’s Choices


The world is at a turning point and we have to choose. It is astonishing and daunting how fully Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump symbolize the choice the world faces. Watching their debate last week underscored for me not just how different the two of them are, but how different are the possible futures that confront the world.   More

Internet of Things Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: On Techonomy 2016 (of course)

Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick interviewing Sean Parker at last year's Techonomy 2015.

We’re 6 weeks out from our annual Techonomy conference. It starts the day after the election, so we’ll talk intensely about what the outcome means for business, the tech industry, and tech as a tool. Much content this year relates to the continuing march of the Internet of Things. And we'll tackle longer-term questions like whether, once AI intersects with the IoT, this ultimately leads to a sentient cyber ecosystem that intuits and responds to our every move. We'll also talk about cities, shipping, and social media. It's the conference for people who want to understand tech deeply so they can be more effective.   More


The House Science and Tech Committee Disregards Both


The U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee is a joke, but not a funny one. It spends much time on witch hunts against climate scientists, because climate change denial is its chairman's passion. The ranking member of the committee's Democratic minority calls it "mean-spirited and meaningless." Rather than helping, it actively harms our nation's ability to develop policy for science, tech, and innovation.   More


To the Next Administration: Use Tech to Implement Every Program


We asked attendees at the upcoming Techonomy 2016 conference "What is the most important tech-related issue the incoming administration should tackle?" Tech leader and publisher Tim O'Reilly responded that the biggest challenge will be bringing a tech-centric approach to everything government does.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Ethical Issues Abound with Fast-Growing Prenatal Genetic Testing


In the last few years, the standard tests for fetal abnormalities have been largely replaced with new genetic tests. Since they launched, traditional procedures that confer a small risk of miscarriage have dropped by about 70 percent. Now we face a big ethical issue: these tests reveal much more about future diseases than those they replaced. What information should parents know, and what can and should they do about it?   More

Internet of Things Society Techonomy Events

Our Weird Possible Data-Centric Futures: Listen as We Plan Techonomy 2016

On stage at last year's Techonomy 2015 conference, from left, Techonomy's Kirkpatrick, Cisco's John Chambers, Philips Healthcare's Jeroen Tas, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and McKinsey's James Manyika

Listen in to Techonomy's program planners as they discuss some big issues we're building sessions around for the Techonomy 2016 conference, November 9-11 in California. This year we’ve honed in on the reality that the world is entering a completely new era, as data-gathering of all sorts accumulates across global society. How will society determine who gets to control and utilize data about people? How much will people get access to data about themselves and their communities? What relative powers over data will companies, governments, and individuals have?   More

Analytics & Data Government

This Company’s Business is Opening Up Government Data


Boston and Barcelona, Spain have something in common with Yelp and Zillow–they’re taking advantage of open data. Along with all the ways it’s reshaping business, opening up data to the use of outsiders is beginning also to reshape how city, state, and federal agencies work. Socrata, a privately-held government-data platform provider based in Seattle, is making a business out of facilitating this trend.   More

Government Healthcare

Data Sharing: Key Challenge for Cancer Moonshot (& American Health)


If we're going to make progress in healthcare, we need to connect up the data. A report for the national Cancer Moonshot initiative highlights the massive problem disconnected databases have become in the fight against cancer. But this problem isn't limited to cancer. The well-intentioned HIPAA act of 1996, for example, included strict privacy controls that have turned into a problem for medical research generally.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

New Study: Meditation Literally Changes our Genes


People who practice meditation know it resets the mind and body, and there have been claims about its healing powers for centuries. Now scientific evidence backs them up. Researchers recently found that meditation does more than just relieve stress. It can literally change our DNA.   More

Business Finance

Why the Finance Industry is Ripe for AI Disruption

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The financial sector is on the brink of an AI revolution. Data is being generated faster than any person or companies’ ability to analyze it. And industries that run on numbers and data are at risk of being overwhelmed. But this new AI platform can create simple narratives and actionable analyses.   More

Analytics & Data Business Community Insights

Embracing Disruption–A CEO’s View

Expect a growing number of re-imagined business models as platform disruption enabled by tech gathers speed, says Ciena's CEO. (Image copyright Lightspring, courtesy Shutterstock)

Technology innovation is disrupting industries and enabling new business models at an accelerating pace, writes Ciena's CEO. The internet's ubiquity is converging with other trends including virtualized computing power and storage plus open source software to create a “utility platform” that facilitates rapid change in a wide range of businesses. So embrace it. The velocity of industry transformation is about to go to hyper speed.   More

Arts & Culture

Man, Machines and… Fashion?


If you are eager (as we always are) to do something Techonomic this weekend and are in New York, check out the amazing show Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It closes on Labor Day, so don’t delay.   More


The New honor 8 Is A Dream Phone Whether or Not You’re a Millennial

I have been using a new honor 8 smartphone from Huawei for a little over a week. As much as love my iPhone, I can’t find a compelling enough reason to switch back. Everything seems more intuitive on the honor 8. The photography features are amazing, and clearly superior to the iPhone, as is the all-important battery life. And it looks almost identical.   More

Community Insights Society

Financial and Emotional Suffering Is Pushing White Americans Towards Trump

Donald Trump appeals to white Americans who are suffering, argues research psychologist Buckwalter. (photo courtesy Shutterstock)

A research psychologist identifies trends among White middle-class Americans that help explain why so many are turning to Trump. A stunning 23% of Americans are currently under extreme financial stress, and that can lead to a search for a so-called "external locus of control." Like Trump, many blame government. Meanwhile, life spans are no longer growing, as drug and alcohol abuse, among other things, decimates White America.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Why “Genetically Modified Everything” is so important to what we do at Techonomy

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The global biotech market is estimated to have a value of $604.40 billion by 2020. Techonomy program director Ross explains how central the theme is to us, and a bit of her own history of fascination with it. This year at TE16 we’re continuing this exploration into the industries being changed by life science, the technologies, the benefits and yes, the controversies.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Beyond Human: Life Extension, Enhancement, and the Future

Eve Herold's new book, published by Macmillan.

If artificial organs, miniature robots, and advanced medications could keep you healthy, would you want to live for hundreds of years? Author Eve Herold's new book "Beyond Human" argues that we might as well get used to these ideas, because they are inevitably coming. Reviewer Salisbury finds this an important overview of a rapidly-developing field of medical science, but is not yet ready to join the immortals herself.   More


Tim O’Reilly Nails the Importance of Amazon’s Echo/Alexa

Tim O'Reilly (who is joining us at Techonomy 2016 in November) has written the best piece about Alexa yet. He doesn't just rave about the machine's astonishing capabilities, but breaks it down so we begin to understand what causes it to so romance users. It's not just the information behind it but how it prioritizes tasks and allows us to interact. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand where technology is going.   More