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Endless Questions on AI at a Techonomy Dinner

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

Business Finance

Faced With Impending Disruption, the Financial Ecosystem Must Change

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The world is buzzing about fintech and the impending disruption in the banking industry. Smarter technology companies are attempting to give customers quality service and an experience that’s relevant to the world in which they live, and big banks are being left behind. The speed of innovation might surprise all of us.   More

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Replay of Techonomy NYC Webcast

The video hasn't been sliced and diced yet, but the Livestream can still be watched--including great sessions on IoT, The future of health with David Agus, Marketing with Carolyn Everson of Facebook, danah boyd and Gillian Tett (final session) on the perils of a data-centric society, Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx, author Rana Foroohar, sharing economy expert Arun Sundararajan, and many more deep thinkers. The program is in two chunks-morning and afternoon. We will break it up into sessions in coming days.   More

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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

Business Transportation

Trucking Could be the First Destination for the Self-driving Revolution

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Self-driving cars tend to spur the selfish parts of our imagination. When we read the latest article about Google’s or Tesla’s self-driving experiments, we picture quiet naps on the commute home from work as the steering wheel turns in front of us: An idyllic moment in the future of personal transport. But despite our earnest […]   More

Business Jobs

New Tools to Tackle the Business Diversity Crisis

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Almost every company is embarrassingly uniform in its ethnic and gender makeup, even as data increasingly shows that in diversity is strength. Now, finally, software and other tools are emerging that may help bring a more natural human variety to organizations. Hiring women, minorities, and people who generally don’t look and think like the boss is not just good for society. More diversified workforces help create more profitable and faster-growing companies.   More

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Power to the Period People

Miki Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Thinx, at right.

Why have we seen almost no innovation in the feminine hygiene space? Mostly because we even feel the need call it “feminine hygiene” at all, softening our speech with terms like “that time of the month” and “women’s troubles” to cover up the embarrassment. The taboo of menstruation means innovators feel uncomfortable tackling its management, leaving today’s women and girls stuck with basically the same products available to them 75 years ago. One company is working to change that: Thinx.   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

Business Opinion

How to Succeed at Crowdsourcing Innovation

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Vigilant business leaders fear becoming irrelevant. We must encourage our employees to want to innovate – not because they are under threat, but because they are eager to be engaged. Much of an organization’s best innovation is driven by ideas that come bottom-up, originating from the grassroots. How can leaders effectively crowdsource innovation?   More

Business

Techonomy Magazine: Future Healthcare, Indoor Agriculture, Design, Global Inclusion…

It's the fourth time Techonomy has published its print and digital magazine.

The latest issue of the print and digital Techonomy Magazine includes articles on topics ranging from how the emergence of genomic medicine challenges the American health care system to a deep look at how technologized indoor agriculture may remake not only what we eat but its environmental consequences as well. We look at the inclusive potential of the Blockchain, and sit down with Museum of Modern Art design curator Paola Antonelli. There are also sections with fascinating quotes from our Bio, Policy and Detroit conferences from earlier in the year.   More

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Techonomy 2015- Magisto Interview with Sean Parker

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Techonomy 2015- Magisto Interview with Terry Sejnowski

Terry Sejnowski an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical institute looks at the transference of manual tasks to machines and retraining the workforce via online education via MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses     More

Analytics & Data Business Jobs Society

Artificial Intelligence is Already Remaking Modern Businesses

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Artificial intelligence (AI) technology heralds an opportunity and a challenge to business to harness new cognitive power. In an age of intelligent machines, effective executives must not only design organizations with the right metrics and interfaces between individuals and teams of people, but also between people and smart machines.   More

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Beyond Tech’s “Pipeline Problem” towards Inclusive Meritocracies

Author Mather, who speaks at TE15, was on this panel on tech industry diversity at TE Detroit 2014 . From left, author Andrew Keen, Brian Forde (now MIT Media Lab, then at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), SisterCode's Marlin Page, Google's Chris Genteel, Mather Unitive, and Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann

In the year since I last attended Techonomy, we’ve seen major shifts in the workforce. In 2015, millennials became the largest labor force in the United States. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates 40.4% of the employed labor force are now in alternative work arrangements. Employers have to find new ways to attract and retain top talent for the horizontal, distributed workforce of the future. The session I’ll join on Nov. 9, "Scouting for Talent, Digging for Diversity," will explore the causes for today's business diversity shortcomings as well as ways tech is disrupting and rebuilding the structures of old.   More

5G Business

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg on the Next Phase in Wireless–5G

What comes after so-called 4G wireless, today’s highest-bandwidth systems (sometimes called LTE)? Even though only a small portion of smartphone users in a few countries so far have 4G, Ericsson, one of the telecoms industry’s leading tech providers, is already deep into planning the next phase. These 5G systems will differ dramatically from those today, […]   More

Business Video

When Everything Gets Connected, How Does it Transform the System?

Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, which makes much of the world’s wireless infrastructure, sees an even more connected world in our future. In this short excerpt of a conversation with Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick, he explains that as more and more of our devices are online and interacting, and as mobile broadband dovetails with cloud services, […]   More

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Techonomy 2015 Live Webcast

The transition to a technologized and interconnected society is more and more challenging for everyone, everywhere. We still need to keep amity and constructive human interaction as our supreme priority. That’s why we call the Techonomy 2015 conference “Re-Humanizing Society.” Here is where you’ll be able to watch the Livestream of the conference from its […]   More

Business Finance

VMware Tracking Stock Will Require Dell to Report Results

Michael Dell is a happy guy, even though he may have to report a few more numbers.

Amidst all the brouhaha over Dell’s $67 billion bid for EMC, one unremarked fact is that Dell will have to again begin reporting financial results to the SEC. Michael Dell happily rid himself of that onerous task almost two years ago. But this is a different and more energized Dell than the business that went private in 2013. Dell has managed to retain his operating scope and freedom of action, even as he leverages up the company with his name on the door.   More

Business Finance Security & Privacy

Attacked by Cyber Criminals? There’s Insurance For That

Insurance is emerging to protect against cyber crime, but the industry remains immature (as do company attitudes about protecting themselves).

Few threats are more on the minds of business leaders than cyber attacks and data breaches. Companies that have been attacked range from Barnes & Noble to Home Depot to J.P. Morgan to Staples, Sony and Target. Now a variety of big insurers have created policies and services to cover this new set of threats.   More

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Can Open Data Drive Innovative Healthcare?

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As healthcare systems worldwide become increasingly digitized, medical scientists and health researchers have more data than ever. Yet much valuable health information remains locked in proprietary or hidden databases. A growing number of open data initiatives aim to change this, but it won’t be easy.   More