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The Fuzzy Future of AI and Jobs

Are we headed towards a world where machines do everything? Are jobs drying up because of AI and automation? It's a growing theme in our work at Techonomy. Discussions at our recent conference and a variety of stories and encounters with experts have underscored for us how hard it is to draw a firm conclusion about whether to be excited or scared.   More

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Artificial Intelligence May Change the Face of Business

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. Accenture research suggests it could double economic growth rates in the U.S. and other developed countries. And while many believe AI will supplant humans, we think it will instead mostly enable people to do more exceptional work.   More

Analytics & Data Jobs

Scene from an Office, 2017: The A.I. Arrives

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Dinesh could read a Bloomberg terminal like a radiologist reads an x-ray. He had learned the arcane tools that were supposed to assure his indispensability. Now it turns out he’d taught some damned machine to do his job better than he could. “WHAT THE F**K AM I GOING TO DO?!!” he shouted at the empty office.   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

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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

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

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Inflated Expectations: Artificial Intelligence Still Depends on Humans

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The media is latching onto AI as the next big technology trend. But the hype around AI has led to misguided expectations about what’s actually possible. While we are steadily making progress in various sorts of machine learning, the reality is that today’s AI solutions are still critically dependent on humans.   More

Analytics & Data Business Internet of Things

It Takes More Than a Machine to Know You: Assistance In An Instrumented World

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There’s a big gap between today's smart virtual assistants and the futuristic robot-butlers of fiction that anticipate our every need. For the foreseeable future, it will still take a human touch to understand how people assess value and solve problems creatively. Still, in the context of IoT, on-demand everything, and ubiquitous analytics, tech and humans are coming closer to jointly becoming “trusted advisors.”   More

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Endless Questions on AI at a Techonomy Dinner

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How big an impact will artificial intelligence have on business and society? Should we fear it? What will it mean for jobs? At a recent Techonomy salon dinner discussion on AI, top leaders from Accenture, IBM, SAP, and Verizon, among others, gave some fascinating answers.   More

Analytics & Data Healthcare

Healthcare Needs a More Robust Feedback Loop

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As collective knowledge is shared, consumers become empowered – and more demanding. That kind of health care marketplace will reward and punish using similar criteria as in other industries. With more shared data, patients get the power to choose better doctors, bringing competition to a part of the healthcare market that has long avoided it.   More

Analytics & Data Business Techonomy Events

Techonomy NYC Is a Lens on a New Kind of Society

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We curated an astonishingly diverse group of speakers to provoke us on May 26 about how tech and the Internet of Things points to an entirely new sort of society. It changes health, cities, how we'll work, business structure and strategy, the future of marketing, and more. The entire event, which took place Thursday May 26, is now available on video. Program details here: http://techonomy.com/conf/nyc/agenda/.   More

Analytics & Data Media & Marketing Techonomy Events

Hyper-Efficient Marketing Will Transform the Corporation

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More than 60 years ago, Peter Drucker implored businesses to focus on marketing as THE core competency. Now marketing technology is making that wisdom all the more relevant. Soon ads will be delivered on platforms like Facebook and synchronized with TV ad campaigns, with both evaluated together to measure their contribution to sales that day. Businesses that win will make marketing skills and people the center of their companies.   More

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Digital Transformation is Hard. Software Can Help

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Transitioning an enterprise into the digital world is not easy, and poor online user experience can make or break a business. Companies need to invest in tools and services to enable the transformation, and measure the impact of poor user experience online.   More

Analytics & Data Arts & Culture

The Coming Age of Creative AI: From Roboadvisors to Roboartists

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Data scientists are creating robo-artists out of digital neuron clusters called recurrent neural networks. They use machine learning and artificial intelligence to reverse engineer visual art, generating images that resemble Picassos, Van Goghs and Munchs. Now that our software progeny are transcending their humble beginnings they just might become real artists, amplifying and robotizing creativity.   More

Analytics & Data Cities Internet of Things

Smart Neighborhood Data Can Help Small Business

An MIT student installs sensors in Downtown Crossing, Boston, as part of  an effort to generate data to help small businesses. (Photo courtesy GoDaddy.com)

As cities turn themselves into smart cities, a critical component is small business. GoDaddy joined with the Social Computing group at the MIT Media Lab to install sensors in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood to collect data and use it to help small businesses. Info about pedestrian and vehicle movement, air quality and noise will be combined with retail information in hopes of helping them compete and thrive. I'll talk about this at Techonomy NYC.   More

Analytics & Data Internet of Things Partner Insights

Why Verizon is Betting on The Internet of Things

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The "Internet of Things" is the next big move as the economy goes digital. Measuring and acting on signals generated by everything from steps individuals take to the amount of water flowing over a dam, a vast new industry is emerging to bring more efficiency to society. In a comprehensive new report released Tuesday, Verizon outlines why this Internet of Things (IoT) transition is critical to business. The company has products, a platform, and enormous enthusiasm for this transformation.   More

Analytics & Data Internet of Things

Reflections from Ross: On Drones and CubeSats

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Oceans cover about 71 percent of the earth’s surface. We think of everything as constantly connected, yet in a world where we are drowning in oceans of data the ocean itself is a data dead zone. But there’s a transformation underway. CubeSats and drones are changing not just the way we get access to information about what’s happening on the surface of our planet—from cities to forests to the middle of nowhere—but the frequency at which we get that information.   More

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23andMe’s Community Wants to Help, CEO Tells Genomics Researchers

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At a genomics conference in February, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki took the stage to make the case for the scientific importance of her consumer genetics platform. Wojcicki still has a grand vision for how the service could help advance our understanding of human health, even as she acknowledges that recent restrictions imposed on the company by the FDA have left her more cautious about growth plans for 23andMe.   More

Analytics & Data Mobile Society

A Key Question of the Digital Era: How Much Information is Too Much?

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Mobile technology is rapidly changing the way we live. But it brings an explosion in data consumption. Last year the world consumed 4 petabytes of data a month on mobile phones. (A petabyte is a million gigabytes.) Within five years, the amount will likely grow to over 24 billion petabytes. Is there a limit to how much info we can healthily consume?   More

Analytics & Data Business Internet of Things

Balancing Privacy and User Experience: The Challenge of the Digital Age

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If companies fail to meet heightened data protection standards and other growing customer expectations around privacy and respect for their data, they may be fined, lose customer trust, and possibly put the entire company at risk. This is especially true in Europe. At the same time, companies that lose sight of the customer experience will not be successful long term. The conundrum is a kind of “digital Scylla and Charybdis”.   More