Government

To the Next Administration: Use Tech to Implement Every Program

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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?

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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

Mobile

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

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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

Business

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

Cities Community Insights

The Designer as an Evolutionary Mutagen

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MoMA's Paola Antonelli spoke in her Techonomy interview about seeking "a theory of everything for design," so I wanted to share my two cents. As designers we might consider ourselves as mutagens of the artificial world, whose aim is to accelerate the transformation of the present into how it “ought to be."   More

Community Insights Transportation

An Automotive Expert’s Excitement–and Worry–About Self-Driving Vehicles

This sculpture by Rodin, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, embodies the frustrations of the first industrial revolution. The era of self-driving cars may lead to even more anxieties for workers. (photo by John Suh)

Self-driving technology is going to make cars and mobility safer, more exciting, more accessible, and more eco-friendly. But for a huge number of people, driving is a job, often a good middle-class one. I worry that time is not on humanity’s side when it comes to helping those displaced from jobs by self-driving technologies.   More

Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross…On Techonomy 2016!

One of the first things we’ll do at TE16 this year is have a conversation about what just happened in this epochal American election. That will kick off two solid days of amazing presentations and discussions. The conference theme is “Toward A Sentient Ecosystem,” or how the Internet of Things knits together signals and data from an increasingly vast connected intelligent network that can span from the depths of our bodies to outer space, and what that means for people.   More

Analytics & Data Healthcare

Cloud Software Fights Zika in Florida, Zip Code by Zip Code

The Zika virus is spreading in the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, shown here. A new effort uses cloud software to identify potential victims and alert them to preventive measures. (photo Shutterstock)

As the Zika virus begins a worrisome spread in Florida, cloud-based healthcare services company athenahealth is using big data to seek out those in danger and then reach out. Working with local healthcare providers and a rich database of individuals, it has winnowed out 1850 people at serious risk and provided preventive information.   More

Business Transportation

Space: The Next Fiscal Frontier?

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NASA has increasingly taken a backseat in the world of manned space exploration. While that trend may not be great for America's role in space, it has opened the door for a revolution in private sector space projects. From Elon Musk's Space X project to the rise of nanosatellites, outer space has never been so open for investment and innovation. This piece was originally published in the 2014 edition of Techonomy magazine.   More

Community Insights Internet of Things Security & Privacy

Terrorists Want Control of Your Car

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The risks of terrorism are growing, as we all know. But with the rise of the Internet of Things comes an entirely new range of threats. After a brutal attack in Nice using a truck, it becomes obvious that many of the "things" around us in society can be weaponized. It's already been shown that hackers can take over connected vehicles remotely, and new developments make it even scarier. Venture capitalist and security expert Yoav Lietersdorf explains just how bad this could become, and some of the ways we might fight the risks.   More