Society Techonomy Events

Techonomy’s Purpose–Nine Assertions

Techonomy is not a neutral journalistic organization. We are advocates for the responsible use of technology, which seems more urgent than ever as technology continues to race ahead of society.   More

Analytics & Data From the Magazine Jobs

For Stitch Fix, the AI Future Includes Jobs

Katrina Lake became the first female chief executive officer to take a company public in the U.S. this year when Stitch Fix Inc. started trading on Friday. The company suffuses itself in analytics and artificial intelligence. But its 3400-and-growing pool of stylists suggests that a future world infused with AI may not decimate the workforce after all. To hear how it operates feels like receiving brain waves from the future.   More

Media & Marketing Society Techonomy Events

“Vitriol” Towards Net Giants Was an Unexpected Theme of Techonomy 2017

Facebook and Google took the brunt of criticism at Techonomy 2017, the net giants serving as proxies for an entire tech industry that increasingly appears unwilling to take responsibility for the power it wields.   More

Innovation Society Techonomy Events The Internet

Techonomy 2017: Will Machines Serve Man or Vice Versa?

Business leaders, policy experts and engineers gathered at Techonomy 2017 for two days of discussion on the promise and perils of a tech-driven future. Status Update: It’s complicated. Attendees painted a picture of great progress driven by innovation, but the way forward is fraught with peril.   More

Society Techonomy Events The Internet

At Techonomy 2017: Debating Tech’s Impact on Democracy

The theme of unintended consequences ran through every session at Techonomy 2017. While there is no clear solution, many speakers share a firm belief that more transparency – in algorithms, privacy policies, emerging AI capabilities, and in data security – can be big steps forward.   More

Internet of Things Society Techonomy Events The Internet

“The Internet Under Attack Is Civil Society Under Attack”

As the Internet becomes more and more vulnerable, civil society is under threat. Is it already too late? A panel at Techonomy 2017 paints a dire picture.   More

Cities Innovation Techonomy Events

Urban Space: Missed Opportunities and Looming Changes

In what has become a recurring theme of Techonomy 2017, the technology is outracing society’s capacity to thoughtfully integrate it. Monday’s sessions on the future of cities was no exception.   More

Healthcare Innovation Techonomy Events

For Better Global Health, Let Tech Put People Together

Those putting their faith in technology to fix the inequalities and inefficiencies in global healthcare are missing big pieces of the puzzle. A wide-ranging discussion at Techonomy 2017 underscored some of the missed opportunities right in front of us.   More

Business Innovation Startup Culture Techonomy Events

John Chambers: Make Every State a Startup State

In a fiery discussion at Techonomy 2017, Cisco executive chairman John Chambers warned that the United States had lost its innovative edge to other nations and called for a national digital agenda.   More

Techonomy Events

Techonomy 2017: Optimism Tempered with Concerns

Techonomy 2017 opened Sunday with a mind-bending array of possibilities coupled with an equal number of ethical quandaries. The opening day looked at the convergence of man and machine, raising the prospect of neuro-technololy that will bypass the need for language itself. “It is both exciting and worrying,” was a common refrain throughout the sessions. […]   More

Managing Manufacturing Techonomy Events

The Future of Work: Automation, Training, and the ‘Digital Reckoning’

At Sunday’s session of Techonomy 2017, Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick spoke about the future of automation and American business with GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and founder of PSP Capital Partners. The bottom line: there's still a lot of work to be done.   More

Techonomy Events Video

Watch the Video from Techonomy 2017

While we will shortly slice up and archive each session’s video individually, here is the conference video in it’s entirety.  Please refer to the agenda if you need help finding a specific session. Sunday Afternoon: Monday Morning: Monday Afternoon: Tuesday Morning:   More

Global Tech Government Innovation

China is No Longer a Technology Copycat or Underdog

Kevin Zhou grew up in China and came to the US in 2009 to study. He's now a seasoned tech journalist who travels between the US and China and works to explain the different tech cultures to one another. He sees China as having moved into a decisive new stage as a champion of innovation, and says the tech competition between the two countries has changed completely.   More

Techonomy Events

What to Expect at Techonomy 2017

With Techonomy 2017 about to begin, Program Director Simone Ross surveys our panoply of topics and themes, from the "new hegemonist" net giants, to AI and jobs, AR & VR, the future of construction, the future of food, rising waters, global health and tech, etc. etc. We are ambitious, eclectic, and global-minded, and this year's conference displays it brightly, and proudly.   More

From the Magazine Techonomy Events

Could Blockchain-based Systems Replace Facebook?

Few topics are hotter than blockchain right now. In this excerpt from our conversation with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures at Techonomy NYC in May, he explains why he thinks such tools could even be the way an insurgent might challenge the overwhelming dominance of Facebook.   More

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Iconic Speakers to Tackle Game-Changing Innovation Issues at Techonomy 2017

From the impact of AI to the perils of “fake news” on social media, this year’s event looks at the weirdly increasing convergence between humans and technology and its impact on business, social and economic progress NEW YORK, NY – October 16, 2017 – Techonomy, the thought leadership company that poses the most provocative questions […]   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

What’s Lurking in Your Genome?

It's still hard to know what to do about genetic news that's discovered about a patient during sequencing for another reason. A small percentage of such tests turn up disturbing findings. Some people want to know, some don't, but figuring out what to do often vexes doctors and researchers. Debate about how to handle this problem is growing within the genetics world.   More

From the Magazine Global Tech Government

Amazon, Facebook, and Google: Too big to tolerate. Too big to stop.

As society begins to realize it has allowed globe-spanning commercial net giants too much power, it also becomes clear that figuring a policy response will be hard. Techonomy's co-founder, author of The Facebook Effect, weighs in on the disturbing and growing controversy over what comes next.   More

Innovation Managing Partner Insights

Digital Transformation is Shaking Up Corporations

Digital transformation changes how we lead our lives, and profoundly impacts how businesses function and compete. Now customer experience, especially, needs to become more personalized. And since those same connected consumers are also employees, the workplace, too, must change quickly.   More

Analytics & Data From the Magazine Jobs

The Bots Aren’t Taking Over

The winning play in a digital economy is not fighting against robots and artificial intelligence, but using our new tools to improve productivity. What we need to do is enhance knowledge work with systems of intelligence. Open your mind to the reality that tech is extending productivity and profitability in ways that even a few years ago would have seemed far-fetched.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Washington Post Conference Highlights Progress in American Healthcare

At a recent Washington Post medical conference, entrepreneurs, doctors and health experts acknowledged American healthcare's serious problems. But they also agreed that tech can dramatically transform healthcare. A panoply of innovations are underway. Philips CEO Frans van Houten noted that what really matters is whether people get and stay well.   More