Global Tech International Affairs

Can $100 Million Change the World?

The MacArthur Foundation doesn't just give genius grants. It is now awarding $100 million to one project. Four impressive finalists were announced last week; read more within.   More

Global Tech Healthcare International Affairs

Social Media Saves Lives and Makes the World Better

Social media now reaches just about everyone, from rural areas in far-off countries to your always-connected colleague. And it is helping tackle health crises. In this essay, the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda asks—how do we use social media for the health of every country's citizens?   More

Global Tech Government Society

Can Tech Help trump Hate?

How did technological change and "innovation" contribute to bringing the U.S. to this point of fracture and animosity? And how can tech play a more active and consciously constructive role helping us get past it? In general the tech industry has not focused sufficiently on these questions. Now it must.   More

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

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

Global Tech Internet of Things Partner Insights

Why Twitter and eBay Rely on 100-year-old Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes, a powerhouse in the era when sending print mail was the primary way of communication, is fully in the present today. Now, the company is emerging as a crucial part of the digital ecosystem, operating a back-end software and services infrastructure that enables Twitter to assign a location to a tweet, eBay's customers to buy and sell goods from anywhere in the world, and other services.   More

Global Tech Government Security & Privacy

Manchester, Trump in Saudi Arabia, and Fighting Terrorism in an Online Age

The horrors of terrorism are again vividly seared on our consciousness, after the vicious bombing at a concert in Manchester. Meanwhile, President Trump has rightly put combatting terrorism at the top of his policy agenda. His recent trip overseas demonstrated some of what that means.   More

Global Tech Healthcare

China’s Challenges in Healthcare Innovation

China produces relatively few breakthrough innovations in science, medicine, and healthcare technology. But China’s leaders understand that healthcare innovation is crucial for their nation’s continued rise, and massive new investments and policy reforms could soon transform healthcare R&D. In some fields such as precision medicine, it even may become a global leader.   More

Community Insights Global Tech The Internet

Fighting ISIS in the Cyber Age

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

Global Tech Managing Society

More Companies Think Techonomically at CES

More "non-tech" companies than ever were at this year's CES conference in Las Vegas. The winners in the evolving digital and technologized economy will be those leaders who think most broadly. As the ever-curious Elon Musk has long understood, "Learning across multiple fields provides an information advantage (and therefore an innovation advantage) because most people focus on just one field."   More

Business Global Tech Startup Culture

Visiting a Bustling Tech Incubator in Dubai

As Dubai continues its epic transformation into a global commerce hub, two entrepreneurs have set up a small piece of Silicon Valley in the UAE. Louis Lebbos and Muhammed Mekki 's AstroLabs incubator now hosts 77 different startups in an open, modern coworking office space that would be right at home on the streets of San Francisco. Its members, from places as distant as Vietnam and Kansas City, all want a piece of the emerging Middle East market.   More

Global Tech Government Society

A Zimbabwean Pastor Built an Anti-Corruption Movement with Facebook

With his country falling apart around him, straining under the weight of corruption and oppression, Evan Mawarire took to Facebook Live to vent his frustration. What has emerged is a nationwide movement of Zimbabweans, united under the hashtag #ThisFlag, who are eager to restore Zimbabwe to its former glory and end the scourge of corruption.   More

Business Global Tech

Billion Dollar Shave Club

A company that first gained fame with its goofy YouTube ads has now been bought for close to $1 billion, as a European consumer good giant tries to catch up with Amazon and other titans of the digital world. Dollar Shave Club's big money buyout from Unilever means good things for digital commerce startups looking to turn a nice profit.   More

Arts & Culture Global Tech

Building a Universe in a Video Game

A tiny video game studio in England has reinvented the cosmos. The game No Man's Sky, set to be released this summer, uses procedural generation to create an entire explorable universe. Complete with 18 quintillion planets and all the geography and biodiversity to go with them, No Man's Sky pushes the limits of what a video game can be and what virtual simulation can achieve.   More

Business Global Tech

China’s Empty Incubators are a Sign of Development Run Amok

For years, the Chinese state has managed to strong arm the country’s economy through global crises by making huge investments into sectors like real estate and infrastructure. That top-down capital strategy is hitting a wall when it comes to China’s new dream: growing start-ups. Across the country, brand new innovation centers sit empty as education levels fail to meet China's demand for entrepreneurs.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Global Tech

Nobel Laureates Tell Greenpeace to Ditch the GMO Conspiracies

On the list of misunderstood technology, genetically modified organisms might take the top spot. Now, more than 100 Nobel laureates have written an open letter asking the environmental group Greenpeace to reverse their stance on GMOs and promote potential breakthrough technologies like Vitamin A rich Golden Rice. Despite the pressure, Greenpeace remains skeptical.   More

Business Global Tech Government

Obama’s Big Start-up Seminar

President Obama wants to encourage young entrepreneurs, and if he has to go out and lecture them himself, he’s willing to do it. Over the course of the two-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit last week, the president found time to share tips with young business owners on pitching their ideas. Plus, he talked with Mark Zuckerberg, and interviewed young entrepreneurs from Rwanda, Egypt, and Peru.   More

Global Tech Society

Reflections from Ross: On the Need to Capture

I had a quick visit to Bangkok recently for some family matters: A birth, a (40th) birthday, a wedding, a death…the full circle of life. So what do these four things have in common? Photos. Lots and lots of them. In Thailand there seems to be a constant need to be taking photos, posting them (mostly on Facebook) and sending them around. Will we have access to them in the future? How will VR change this behavior?   More

Bio & Life Sciences Global Tech Healthcare

The Superbugs are Coming. Data Science Can Help.

Thanks to miraculous advances in public health and medical science over the past century, we can prevent and treat many common microbial infections.Yet some in the health industry fear that may be changing. We misuse and overuse antimicrobial drugs on a massive scale, and the bad bugs are beginning to evolve new resistance mechanisms. Data science can play a central role in the fight against the looming global threat.   More

Global Tech Government Internet of Things

The Internet in China is Censored, Controlled, and Flourishing

Behind an ever-expanding protectionist wall – The Chinese state calls it the Golden Shield – nearly 700 million regularly use the internet to send chats, buy merchandise, order car services and more, sometimes on platforms more innovative than anything back in the U.S.. As Chinese citizens start to access the internet, China has ensured that the economic benefits do not leave its shores.   More