Global Tech Healthcare International Affairs

Social Media Saves Lives and Makes the World Better

Social media now reaches just about everyone, from rural areas in far-off countries to your always-connected colleague. And it is helping tackle health crises. In this essay, the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda asks—how do we use social media for the health of every country's citizens?   More

Society Techonomy Events

What’s Techonomic Now?

The news is techonomic: Equifax attack exposes data of nearly half of all Americans; Amazon price drops at Whole Foods decimate grocery stocks; Apple Watch used by Red Sox for cheating; Facebook harbored Russian fake news. Tech is altering business and society, which is why Techonomy 2017 in November is aimed explicitly at helping attendees understand how to cope and thrive amidst the digital chaos.   More

Healthcare

Seemingly Miraculous New Cancer Gene Therapy Brings Major Risks

A new FDA-approved cancer gene therapy called CAR T recently showed astonishing effectiveness against leukemia in seriously ill patients. Despite their poor prognosis, 83 percent responded to the treatment, and the cancer medical establishment was blown away. But even as we celebrate a genuine breakthrough, consider the very serious and long-lasting side effects.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Society

Why Millennials Will Transform Healthcare

Millennials want everything at the tip of their smartphone-clutching fingers, and care a lot about healthcare (along with Gen X). Their preferences are driving fundamental changes in health and medicine. As the industry increasingly caters to them, the fruits of a more efficient system will come to everyone. The new digital healthcare also must factor in mental health, stress, anxiety, sleep, and fitness.   More

Community Insights International Affairs

Building a Platform to Help Us All Rise Together

The global community faces challenges on a massive scale, but the Sustainable Development Goals were developed to marshal all the world's energies to address them. What we need now is a common platform to aggregate efforts and share knowledge as we work toward the 2030 goals. We're making progress but we have to accelerate it.   More

Global Tech Government Society

Can Tech Help trump Hate?

How did technological change and "innovation" contribute to bringing the U.S. to this point of fracture and animosity? And how can tech play a more active and consciously constructive role helping us get past it? In general the tech industry has not focused sufficiently on these questions. Now it must.   More

Techonomy Events

Program Director Ross on Curating Techonomy 2017

We're deep into Techonomy 2017, coming in early November. Program director Ross previews how she's planning to make this year's event sing. The dialogue about tech's role in business and society gets richer, and daunting. Speakers include new Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Data & Society's dana boyd, Cisco's John Chambers, GE's Beth Comstock, IBM's John Kelly, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Campbell's CEO Denise Morrison, Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser, and author Dr. Dean Ornish.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights

Is Crypto-Token Mania the Beginning of a New Economy?

Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs are a new and radical way to raise money for companies and blockchain-based financial systems. And the method is exploding. Tezos recently raised a stunning $232 million, and eight times more money this year has already been raised than in all of 2016. So what is it? Where is the money going? And what does it all mean?   More

From the Magazine Healthcare International Affairs

The Global Healthcare Revolution Will Be Technologized

Improving global health is the biggest story of all, and tech is playing a major role. Telemedicine, drone deliveries, and 3D printing are all helping people in less-developed countries get healthier. This article from our latest Techonomy magazine visits Haiti, Malawi, and Kenya, where groups like Doctors Without Borders and Chicago's Field Ready are applying tech to bring relief and hope.   More

Analytics & Data

Is AI the Missing Link in Biometric Security?

Passwords are one of tech's biggest problems--too hard to remember and still insecure. Now that many of us use fingerprints to unlock a phone, why can't we use biometrics to replace passwords? Soon it should happen, once we deploy artificial intelligence alongside biometrics. It's still hard to know if the biometric data is from a real person and not a "spoof."   More

Business Community Insights Managing

Instant Enterprises and Techonomic Leadership: Is your Organization Ready?

Two-thirds of U.S. CEOs believe the next 36 months will be more critical than the previous 50 years. More than half of the Fortune 500 has been wiped out since 2000. We need a new kind of "techonomic" leadership. But to get there, training needs to become more about systems than than just better-trained people.   More

Healthcare Opinion

Why Isn’t America’s Healthcare Debate about Health?

Why aren't "reformers" talking about making Americans healthier rather than taking a stilted, partisan approach to "healthcare reform"? Writer Meredith Salisbury says we are not asking some basic questions about U.S. insurance and policy. We've got to start.   More

Opinion

We Should Rename “Artificial Intelligence” (A Modest Proposal)

"Artificial Intelligence" is phrase of the year, yet the term is widely called misleading. And it's ridiculed by industry CEOs. But what can we use instead? "Augmented intelligence"? "Intelligence amplification"? We have a proposal that points beyond flat-footed notions towards the positive future we still believe in.   More

Business From the Magazine Innovation

Big Companies are Learning to Work with Small Ones (But It’s Not Easy)

Big established companies are acquiring, investing in, or partnering with startups in record numbers. But how can incumbents do it right, moving quickly and learning from their smaller brethren? General Motors and Banco Santander are among those finding success.
(From the latest Techonomy magazine)   More

Science

CRISPR’s Unknown Cousin—The Promising Genetic Boost

Radical gene-editing technology CRISPR is in the news and rightly celebrated, but another form of genetic manipulation, known as "boosting," may reshape how we face a wide range of conditions. It shows dramatic promise for treating genetic diseases like hemophilia B and sickle cell disease, but could ultimately even help combat aging itself.   More

Business Opinion

Zuckerberg is Changing—Can Facebook Catch Up?

Building communities is hard. Mark Zuckerberg now wants Facebook to deliberately do more of it and to "bring the world closer together." But Yatish Rajawat of India's LocalCircles has actually been managing online purpose-based communities, and learned difficult lessons in the process. Is Facebook really ready to follow its leader?   More

Business Community Insights Security & Privacy

Delaware Drives Blockchain Innovation

Delaware is the corporate home to the biggest tech companies and many others in the Fortune 500, but it wants to continue to innovate in the services and tools that it offers companies. So the state is breaking new ground in regulation by facilitating the use of blockchain technology for record keeping and other purposes. On August 1st, the state's initial blockchain law goes into effect.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

Funding Cuts—Even Threatened Ones—Wreak Havoc on Biomedical Science

The United States faces a biomedical funding crisis. The Trump administration has proposed budget cuts that would slash scientific research. Though Congress hasn't yet gone along, the fears that the process has generated are already causing tangible harm in the scientific community. Concern about cuts is stalling progress on drug discovery and other healthcare innovations.   More

Business Community Insights The Internet

Winners and Losers in Next-Generation Internet Infrastructure

Global communications networks are at least as critical today as roads and bridges, but unlike most physical infrastructure, they aren't improved the same way. Software has emerged as the centerpiece for digital infrastructure. It means we can move more quickly, and along the way improve society.   More

From the Magazine International Affairs Startup Culture

How Connections Help Place the Displaced

In the midst of a devastating refugee crisis in Syria and elsewhere, startups across the globe are now applying networked technology to help the displaced. Both for-profit and nonprofit organizations are helping people find homes, jobs, skills, and other tools. There's much to be done, and tech startups are leading the pack.

(From the latest Techonomy magazine.)   More