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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

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

Illustrations by Graham Roumieu

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

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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

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Employees Losing Faith With Companies That Don’t Get Digital

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The digital future has taken the corporate world by storm, but many employees are jumping ship. A new study by MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, finds that fully half of employees who feel their company is not digitally developing fast enough plan to leave within a year. Corporations worldwide need to get on board the digital wave or risk a massive talent drain.   More

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A Quick Tech Guide to Trump’s Potential VP Picks

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As we wait for the final announcement on who will accompany Donald Trump during his boisterous run for the White House, we take a look at the top three contenders and what their history is with tech. Why does Elon Musk hate Chris Christie? Exactly when did Newt Gingrich become an online tech reviewer? And why are some Silicon Valley companies picking up and moving to Indianapolis?   More

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As Race Heats Up, Clinton Talks Tech

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Having fought off an ambitious Bernie Sanders and now preparing to enter a brutal fight with a fiery and unpredictable Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is taking a bit of a detour this week into the world of tech. She wants to forgive student debt for young entrepreneurs, bring broadband to every home in America, and defend net neutrality. Plus, Silicon Valley is starting to get on board.   More

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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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The Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Agenda

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker onstage at Techonomy 2015 with David Kirkpatrick.

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spoke Nov. 9 at Techonomy 2015, and announced for the first time her department's Digital Economy Agenda. Alan Davidson, who oversees this effort, wrote this piece to explain it.   More

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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

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How Tech Can Help Remake the American Job Market

The skills gap session at Techonomy Detroit. From left are moderator Martha Laboissiere of McKinsey & Co., Matt Anchin of Monster, author Wan-Lae Cheng, and Charlene Li of Altimeter.

Too many Americans face an uncertain economic future. The question is whether they will have the skills to maintain a career. Our economy is changing, but our labor markets and our institutions are not keeping pace. Now the Markle Foundation has partnered with employers and leaders in Colorado and Phoenix to build Rework America Connected, an innovative effort to reinforce and expand existing workforce development strategies.   More

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Techonomy Detroit 2015 Live Webcast

The impact of tech on the American economy, its cities and the transformation of the urban ecosystem shaped the agenda for our fourth annual one-day Techonomy Detroit conference. The social and economic evolution of our cities is being impacted every day by tech-driven change in every aspect of how we live and work. Be it advances in […]   More

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The Global Rise of an Entrepreneurial Generation

Hindriks developed Jobbatical not in Silicon Valley for New York but in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo via Shutterstock)

A connected world and periods of economic upheaval have redefined the aspirations of an entire generatiom. The Millennials are now seeking new ways of working and living interesting lives. The traditional global nerve centers are being augmented by a long lineup of cities working to attract fresh waves of modern talent. Individuals in far corners of the earth are creating products that impact billions of people. Jobbatical is a company started in Estonia which enables this trend to expand further.   More

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I Love Detroit

At last year's TE Detroit--Brookings' Jennifer Bradley, TaskRabbit's Stacy Brown-Philpot, WEF's April Rinne, and NUY's Arun Sundararajan.

It’s been amazing to watch the change in Detroit the past four years. In late 2011 when we started thinking about organizing a conference in Detroit, even Detroiters thought we were a little nuts. Eventually people responded with enthusiasm, especially those from out of town who were fascinated by the provocative location. Four years later, the entrepreneurial energy is going full force. Startups are burgeoning, cultural institutions are arising, and in general Detroit is a place to be. And we're still going strong. Our speaker line up for Techonomy Detroit on Sept. 15 includes Mayor Mike Duggan, Carl Bass of Autodesk, Mark Bertolini of Aetna, McKinsey's Michael Chui, Jennifer Crozier of IBM, Esther Dyson, Jim Fallows, Andrew Keen and Charlene Li.   More

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Will Digital Tech Create a New Labor Movement?

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The American labor movement is finally starting to go online. It was born from the shifting economic environment created by the Industrial Revolution—and we are, once again, at a technological turning point: this time, change is driven across transistors rather than by steam engines. Labor issues are as much in flux as any part of the economy, with Uber and other "on-demand economy" companies creating both new opportunities and new perils for workers. Workers’ rights are struggling to keep pace with technological progress.   More

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Augmented Reality: Enabling Learning Through Rich Context

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In his 1992 novel “Snow Crash,” Neal Stephenson envisioned the Metaverse: a three-dimensional manifestation of the Internet in which people interact and collaborate via digitally-constructed avatars. In the decades since, technology has advanced to the point where such a place no longer seems like science fiction. Stephenson’s Metaverse is a virtual reality space, a completely immersive computer-generated experience whose users have minimal ability to interact with the real world. In contrast to this fictional vision is today’s burgeoning field of augmented reality (AR), a technology that superimposes visual information or other data in front of one’s view of the real world.   More

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Vietnam’s IT Workers Value Passion Over Pay

In Ho Chi Minh and elsewhere in Vietnam, some IT workers are seeking passion over profit.

As Vietnam emerges as a global hotspot for offshore IT services, the country’s tech workers have more employment opportunities than ever before. With IT talent in high demand, job seekers can be selective. Many want more than just good pay. Increasingly, they also want jobs that allow them to learn and to build products that make a difference. A new survey by ITViec, a jobs platform for Vietnam’s tech industry, suggests that Vietnam’s IT workers are driven as much by passion as by profit. Unfortunately, some outsourcing and product companies do not provide such opportunities.   More

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LinkedIn’s Hoffman: Impact of Social Networks Will Only Grow

Entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman has backed or helped build over 50 ventures, including groundbreaking companies like PayPal, Facebook, Groupon, Flickr, and of course professional networking juggernaut LinkedIn, which he co-founded. So what does one of the country’s most prolific investors think about the future of social networking, a phenomenon some say is already dying? “We are in the first inning,” Hoffman says. “People are still learning what does it mean to have these networks be a fundamental part of their life.”   More

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The Next Phase in Financial Services: What Low-income Americans Tell Us

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Both established players and disruptive entrepreneurs recognize that shifts in mobile, data, and payments are transforming financial services. Yet while everyone is trying to innovate, there is little real vision on how new solutions can redefine financial services so they seamlessly integrate with our lives and provide us with substantial improvements in how we manage our finances. This is especially urgent when it comes to using new technologies to help the financially underserved in the United States.   More