Healthcare

FDA Proposal Could Limit Custom Tests for Patients

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There’s a battle brewing between hospital labs and the FDA, and caught in the crosshairs are patients—the one group both sides say they are trying to help. At issue is how these labs are regulated, which has major implications for how quickly they can respond to new health problems, such as viral outbreaks.   More

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Techonomy 2014: The Urgent Dialogue Continues

November's Techonomy 2014 conference continued our ongoing exploration of the manifold ways technology is accelerating business and social progress. We sliced and diced that question every way we could think of, with leaders both famous and unknown. The challenges grow greater even as the opportunities become more obvious. Navigating those options is a giant job for society and its leaders. Here is a video snapshot of TE14 highlights, and more detailed reports are below from sessions and onsite conversations. It was a series of rich and gratifying conversations.   More

Business

The End of “End-to-End” in Tech?

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Some say the recent moves by eBay, HP, and Symantec to split their businesses are driven by how Wall Street assigns value to companies. But I believe these companies are instead simply becoming more in tune with the evolving needs of their customers, be they enterprises or consumers. These tech giants are likely to be among the first of many in business to move toward a more specialized existence.   More

Business Media & Marketing

GE’s Comstock: The Imperative Is Speed

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General Electric Senior Vice President Beth Comstock stopped by Techonomy's office recently to talk about corporate innovation. Besides overseeing all GE's sales and marketing activities, she's responsible for growth and market innovation. She rose through corporate communications to become GE's CMO, then ran sales and digital for NBC Universal before her current job. When we asked about her light bulb experiences, we didn't know that shortly after our meeting CEO Jeff Immelt would give her an additional job leading GE's $3 billion lighting business. We started by asking how someone with a marketing background got so interested in innovation.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things

How Many Heartbeats Today? Are Patients Ready to Become Tech-empowered Healthcare Consumers?

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Technology is driving a fundamental shift in how we think about health. Increasingly, ordinary people can utilize devices, apps, medical tests, and data analysis to take charge of their health in a proactive way. In the past, our whole system focused on patients—sick people who more or less did what they were told by doctors. The big future business opportunity may be in helping consumers store and interpret what they gather from devices, sensors, and tests. We could certainly use tools that pull disparate data together and assemble it into a big picture.   More

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KeenON: A Conversation with International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband

David Miliband, best known as the Miliband sibling who lost the British Labour party to his brother Ed, has a new job. Miliband is now the CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the New York City based organization dedicated to helping victims of war, disease, and natural disasters. Unfortunately, the IRC is in much demand. “We serve 15 million people each year,” Miliband dryly told me when we caught up at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., where he also spoke on a panel with Jack Dorsey about the impact of technology on morality.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events

Talking About Biology’s Grass Roots Revolution

From left, Marcus Wohlsen, Nancy J. Kelley, Floyd Romesberg, Brian Frezza, and Drew Endy

“As a reporter who’s covered both biotech and what the rest of the world calls just plain ‘tech,’ I can tell you those stories about biology can be tougher to tell,” said WIRED senior writer Marcus Wohlsen during a session, entitled "The Next Revolution Will Be Biologized," that he moderated at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay last week. Wholsen shared the stage with a panel of the sector’s thought leaders: attorney and consultant Nancy Kelley; chemical biologist Floyd Romesberg of The Scripps Research Institute; synthetic biology pioneer Drew Endy of Stanford University; and Brian Frezza, founder of “biotech lab for hire” Emerald Therapeutics.   More

Manufacturing Techonomy Events

Technologies and Trends that Let Small Designers Make Stuff Locally

From left, Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick, Carl Bass of Autodesk, Marleen Vogelaar of Shapeways, and PCH's Liam Casey at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

While most of the world is yet to be enlightened as to how 3D printing will change manufacturing, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass is already talking about its limitations, and why biological manufacturing is the industry’s more exciting future. Bass joined fellow manufacturing industry thought leaders last week at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for a conversation about how hardware and software are changing manufacturing.   More

Analytics & Data Techonomy Events

Jaron Lanier Says Transparency Is the Path to a Sustainable Techonomy

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“Automation should not be an enemy of employment. It never was before. The only difference between now and the past is that now we’re pretending that people who do the real work are actually not,” said Jaron Lanier, explaining why he is concerned that the current high-tech economy is not on a sustainable path. In a talk at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay last week, the author, virtual reality guru, and tech consultant advocated for building a democratic and sustainable technologized economy.   More

Jobs Techonomy Events

How LinkedIn Wants to Unite the Workers of the World

David Kirkpatrick (left) and Jeff Weiner onstage at Techonomy 2014.

Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick credits LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner with planting the seed for the annual Techonomy conference, which wrapped up on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. He also credits Weiner with building what has become a “central facility for the modern economy.” Weiner spoke to Kirkpatrick onstage Monday about his vision for the professional online network, which has grown to more than 320 million members and become “the future of connection, compassion, and the corporation.”   More

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A Conversation with Marc Benioff

Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick sits down for spirited conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in the final session of the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Jobs Techonomy Events

Man, Machines, and How the Future Works

It’s 2020—robots and automation have replaced workers in droves. So what are all the people doing? What new systems must emerge to employ and engage people, and what new policies and regulations will be needed to protect them? John Markoff of the New York Times discusses the future of work with Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Jessica Rosenworcel of the FCC, Ford's Ken Washington, and Philip Zelikow of the Markle Foundation in this session from the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Techonomy Events

Who Owns the Future?

Why didn’t the rise of network technologies bring great wealth to the world in the last decade? Instead of experiencing excellent financial health because of the efficiencies of digital technologies, those efficiencies are having the effect of concentrating wealth while reducing overall growth. How can we better apply these powerful tools to promote greater balance, clarity, focus and genuine human connection? Technologist and author Jaron Lanier tackles some big-picture questions about the present and future role of tech in society at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Global Tech Government Techonomy Events

How to Meet the World’s Grand Challenges

The best opportunities will come from creating the greatest impact on the biggest realms of human activity, like healthcare, food, water, energy, and education. How can businesses rise to the occasion and focus on the things that really matter? How can they best partner with governments and NGOs to implement the solutions? At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Larry Brilliant of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Pfizer's Geno Germano, Leila Janah of the Sama Group, and Ericsson's Rima Qureshi discuss applying tech tools to global challenges in a session moderated by The Economist's Matthew Bishop.   More

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A Conversation with Jeff Weiner

Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick speaks with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner onstage at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Business Techonomy Events

Thiel and Hoffman on How to Promote Innovation in a Fearful Society

From left, Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick, LinkedIn's  Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel of Thiel Capital at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Peter Thiel sees Western civilization as a society that “hates science and technology in all forms.” Reid Hoffman sees an uninformed public and political leadership that is biologically predisposed to fear death, not embrace change. And while Thiel accuses Washington leaders of being stuck in the Dark Ages, Hoffman concedes that “it’s hard to see a path to Congress having an intelligent technology strategy.” In the opening session of Techonomy 2014 on Sunday in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick provoked a frank discussion between the tech-industry-pioneers-turned-venture-capitalists, PayPal founder Thiel and his former Stanford classmate and longtime collaborator, LinkedIn founder Hoffman.   More

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Two Friends on Innovation, Obstacles, and Future Revolutions

How and where is society moving in this era of innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid change? Two masters of the genre talk about the next big disruptions and where they’re most needed. Where do they agree, and where do they disagree? LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel of Thiel Capital and The Founders Fund tackle these and other questions on the first day of the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

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A Conversation with David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products, Facebook

At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Bloomberg's Emily Chang chats with David Marcus, the new vice president of messaging products at Facebook, about the emergence of Messenger as a networking tool.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events

From Here to Where? Following the Brain Map

The human brain, a super organ of around 100 billion nerve cells, remains the single most powerful, complex and least understood computer on the planet. Cracking its code will allow us to better utilize our brains, and to drive the creation of better artificial intelligences. The applications span from marketing to medicine and education to warfare. How will how we work, live and play be changed by these new neuro-discoveries? Ed Boyden, associate professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute, explores the frontier of brain mapping in this talk at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Techonomy Events

The Internet Is Not the Answer, Revisited

In a reprise of his talk at Techonomy Detroit in September, author and tech-polemicist Andrew Keen warns the audience at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., that tech and Internet companies should not get be trusted as guardians of our collective welfare.   More