Community Insights Healthcare Internet of Things

Why Digital Tech Will Create More Jobs than it Destroys

Proteus, where author Thompson is CEO, makes Digital Medicines that communicate with your mobile device when swallowed.

Many worry that new digital tools, robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace entry-level and middle class jobs. I appreciate the concern, but I disagree. Just as electricity created vastly more jobs than it destroyed in the 20th century, the mobile internet will do the same in the 21st.   More

Community Insights Transportation

Railways on Track for Digital Transformation

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The internet of things (IoT) is beginning to transform railroads, despite the industry's longstanding conservatism. The amount of data trains generate is measured in “brontobytes” (millions of times more than a petabyte). It's full steam ahead on all fronts for analytics and increased efficiency. It will all make a real–if hard to notice–difference in our economy.   More

Cities Community Insights

Disrupting Concrete with Code

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The construction industry is less productive than it was 60 years ago. Software and digital tools are either absent or extremely primitive. But new software could help this industry finally catch up to the rest of the economy. The mobile devices that are in every construction workers' hands should help them get their jobs done.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Rwanda’s New Medical School Reflects its Values and Aspirations

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Rwanda has achieved some of the most dramatic gains in health and poverty-reduction in the world. This small, landlocked African country has developed a primary health-care system with near-universal access to clinical care and insurance. Techonomy Health speaker Agnes Binagwaho and the University of Global Health Equity are paving the way.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence: Healthcare’s Next Big Opportunity

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Healthcare innovation and investing goes through cycles, and this will be the year of healthcare artificial intelligence. AI will both increase access to medical care and and lower its cost, at a time when we're facing a growing shortage of U.S. doctors. Chatbots, or “symptom checkers,” are already being developed by digital health companies.   More

Community Insights Global Tech The Internet

Fighting ISIS in the Cyber Age

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While the world looks at ISIS as a military challenge, it is instead best considered a "militant brand," with its own powerful marketing agency. There is no grey-haired terrorist management leadership. Instead, over 500 social media experts recruit globally. Welcome to Terror 3.0.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Why Tuberculosis Persists

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Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges. Amazingly, one of every three people in the world is infected. Why it persists: political leaders do not understand its sociology; scientists lack effective paradigms to attack it; and the rich and famous no longer die from it. We need fewer excuses and more action.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Healthcare

2017 Biotech Trends–Regrown Organs, Augmented Brains, and AI Diagnosis

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At IndieBio we see hundreds of biotech startups and technologies, and a few key themes are emerging for 2017. Fiction is becoming a reality with cell therapies. The era of the brain has arrived. And machine learning and AI are now a key part of biotech innovation.   More

Community Insights Government Jobs

H1B Visas: Why They’re Broken and What we Can Do

Coders should be made in America, but when we don't have enough it just damages our economy to keep them from immigrating, says . (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

The Trump administration may further restrict H1B work visas for technology workers. There are inherent problems with the current H1B system, but even more with the Trump proposal. We need to increase the minimum salary for H1B recipients, require employers that utilize them to take concrete actions to benefit American workers, and initiate a crash program to improve the tech skills of Americans.   More

5G Community Insights Mobile

What to Expect at the World’s Behemoth Mobile Tech Show

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Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona is next week. Mobile technology continues to amaze. One key theme will be the upcoming 5G world–significantly faster data, less delay, and greater wireless connectivity to far more endpoints. Globalization will be another top theme, along with AI, VR, and new kinds of wearable connected tech.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Jobs

How Tech Creates Jobs and Helps Aging Americans

Eldercare in homes already employs 2.5 million in the U.S. and is set to double, even as technology like that from Honor improves its quality. (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

The American home healthcare industry, already employing 2.5 million, is facing a crisis as the need grows quickly even as poor working conditions and low pay deter new caregivers from entering the field. Honor, run by author Sternberg, brings automation and smartphone assistance and convenience to workers and improves the quality of care.   More

Community Insights Government

e-Estonia: Reflections on Life in a Digital Society

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My country – Estonia – has a very digital lifestyle that is convenient, fast and efficient. Estonia conducts its elections online, and was the first country to have paperless government. Almost 100% of banking transactions are done electronically, and 96% file their income taxes that way. It's not the end of the road but just another milestone on the path of technical revolution.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Telemedicine is now Medicine

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Though it's been around since the 1960's, telemedicine has grown up and is now a significant part of American healthcare. For instance, "telestroke" programs are widely used to get aid quickly to stroke victims. The emergency room, too, is much changed, as this essay by the CIO of hospital giant NewYork-Presbyterian explains. But public attitudes haven't caught up to what digital health can now achieve.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights

If Your Company Has Data, Consider “Donating It”

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A growing number of companies are finding ways to become "corporate data philanthropists." Your company may have data that can be released for public benefit. Data donation leverages the power of the crowd: more people to analyze it, test hypotheses, create new knowledge, detect patterns, and use it for social innovation.   More

Community Insights Jobs Society

Why an Improving Economy Doesn’t Make People Feel Secure

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The 2016 election ignited rich debate about America's economic health. Some great new sources of real data help explain why American families worry about their financial health even as unemployment continues to drop and wage and GDP growth are rising.   More

Community Insights Government

Tech Challenges for the Next U.S. President: Techonomy’s Community Weighs In

Techonomy asked people coming to the Techonomy conference: What is the most important tech-related issue the incoming administration should tackle? The answers were diverse, but many focused on the challenges of cyber security and immigration.   More

Business Community Insights

The Corporation as Technology

If we think of companies as a technology for value creation, we can apply principles of innovation to accelerate change. (Image courtesy Shutterstock)

We think of technology as using computer science, biology or chemistry. But what if we consider the corporation itself as a kind of technology? It's possible to see the corporation as a technology for organizing labor, resources and capital towards the creation of economic and social value. So what defines a techonomic company?   More

Analytics & Data Business Community Insights

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

Community Insights Society

Financial and Emotional Suffering Is Pushing White Americans Towards Trump

Donald Trump appeals to white Americans who are suffering, argues research psychologist Buckwalter. (photo courtesy Shutterstock)

A research psychologist identifies trends among White middle-class Americans that help explain why so many are turning to Trump. A stunning 23% of Americans are currently under extreme financial stress, and that can lead to a search for a so-called "external locus of control." Like Trump, many blame government. Meanwhile, life spans are no longer growing, as drug and alcohol abuse, among other things, decimates White America.   More

Cities Community Insights

The Designer as an Evolutionary Mutagen

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MoMA's Paola Antonelli spoke in her Techonomy interview about seeking "a theory of everything for design," so I wanted to share my two cents. As designers we might consider ourselves as mutagens of the artificial world, whose aim is to accelerate the transformation of the present into how it “ought to be."   More