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.

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Business Security & Privacy Society

Are Connected Toys Worth the Risk?

Children's toys and rooms are quickly becoming connected, like just about everything else. Parents may find monitors useful and talking toys a merciful distraction, but is this new digital world safe? Big companies like Mattel, whose Hello Barbie is illustrated here, may handle the responsibilities, but the raft of startups creeping toward our children's lives may be another matter.   More

Media & Marketing Security & Privacy

Brands, Too, Get Attacked in an Era of Conflict & Terror

Today terrorism is sadly becoming an ongoing challenge. Even as people and communities suffer, brands are also newly challenged. One of the London terrorists wore a jersey from football team Arsenal, which was widely noted in coverage. If we are now in an era of constant conflict, what can companies do to mitigate the risks?   More

From the Magazine Healthcare

Why American Healthcare Is So Hard to Heal

It’s not broken. It’s designed that way. And tech innovators alone can’t fix it.
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Finance Global Tech

Mobile Design is the Future of Banking

Today, banks must interact with their customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some millennials never even set foot inside a bank branch and only interact with their finances via smartphone. Are new, mobile-only services like Pepper and Nequi the future of banking?   More

Finance Security & Privacy

Talking with Tezos Co-Creator Kathleen Breitman

Kathleen Breitman is person of the hour. Her company developed Tezos, a new blockchain-based cryptocurrency whose ongoing fundraising has raised over $200 million since July 1. We talked to her about why she thinks this is the way to make a better internet, and a better world.   More

Healthcare Innovation

How Data Science Can Simplify Healthcare Payments

Medical bills that come long after a doctor's visit can be an unexpected and very unhappy surprise. But part of the reason is an archaic system that medical providers are required to use by the U.S. government. Now, however, there may be a technology solution. Eligible, whose CEO wrote this piece, offers a service to automate calculation of billing and insurance eligibility.   More

Analytics & Data Arts & Culture From the Magazine

R. Luke DuBois: An Artist Who Just Happens to Use Computation

R. Luke DuBois is a man of many talents: musician, visual artist, and data scientist. In a recent interview with Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick, he spoke about his inspirations and gave a behind-the-scenes look at his unique dual video portrait of Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. (From the latest issue of Techonomy Magazine)   More

Business From the Magazine

How Customers Pay to Help Big Companies Innovate

Innovating effectively is an urgent imperative for big companies. Now some are working with Indiegogo to crowdfund consumer products that might not have met former thresholds for money and attention. If interest is there, the scale-up happens fast at companies like Whirlpool and GE. (From the latest issue of Techonomy Magazine)   More

Analytics & Data Cities Community Insights

Michigan Bets on Connected Tech for its Continued Revival

Michigan's leaders want it to become a tech hub. But low-wage work is increasingly the norm, and Detroit still has very far to go. Policymakers aim to leverage the considerable tech resources of existing industries, and plan to use the Internet of Things as another key element for a leap forward. Smart traffic lights are going in now.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Science

Believe the Neuralink Hype—It’s Important for Technological Innovation

Elon Musk’s latest venture, the recently-launched startup Neuralink, aims to merge mind and machine using brain-computer interface technology. Some commentators are dismissing its vision as pure hype. But buzz matters—we need such hype for radical tech innovation.   More

Analytics & Data Articles We Like Government Security & Privacy

“Omigod!”…and other Exclamations Upon Reading WSJ’s Piece on Facial Recognition in China

Do you want your photo flashed on a sign at an intersection? If not, don't jaywalk in China. Leave aside what happens if you're a dissident traveling in a new region. Here's a headline the WSJ used for this must-read article: "The All-Seeing Surveillance State Feared in the West is a Reality in China."   More

Society The Internet

The Biggest Question Facing Internet Technology

This Guardian column by Rohan Gunatillake asks a question so obvious it sounds absurd: What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? In a time when our biggest platforms are acquiring outsize influence in how society functions, it's an urgent topic all technologists need to engage with.   More

Global Tech Internet of Things Opinion

Traversing Europe’s Stellar Tech Firmament

Chief Techonomist David Kirkpatrick was blown away by Europe's energy and tech creativeness on a recent swing, both by how good the conferences were and by the importance of the digital revelations he had. Self-flying cars, anyone?   More

Learning Science

Genetic Research That Helps Individuals Too

Preventing genetic diseases may sound like a dream. While ethical and regulatory challenges still remain within our system, companies like Color can provide responsible, compliant access to preventive genetic information for individuals to take action for their health future.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Planning for Techonomy 17, and a Techonomy NYC Reading List

Simone Ross extracts her favorite moments at Techonomy NYC, including from Union Square Ventures's Fred Wilson and The Financial Times's Gillian Tett. We're already planning how to continue it all this November at Techonomy 2017. So many great tech-related books were mentioned onstage that Ross compiled a list.   More

Analytics & Data Healthcare

New Efforts Promote Open Data in Science and Medicine

For American healthcare to improve, institutions must be able to share data. But they can’t. HIPAA and restrictive consent forms are among the challenges to data accessibility. But new approaches are emerging, and it may usher a new open data era.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy The Internet

Will Your Next Password Be a Brainwave?

Secure internet authentication with today's technology is more and more difficult. Even two-factor authentication is not enough. But at UC Berkeley, the next frontier in biometrics-based security is emerging: meet passthoughts—your brainwaves as an identifier, unique to an individual yet changeable anytime.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights Startup Culture

Lack of Trust is Holding Back the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is stagnant. Rides may still be going up, but rooms, crowdfunding, and other services are flat or declining. The reason can be summed up in a word: trust. Millennials are the sharing economy's best hope--but will it be enough?   More