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

Global Tech Managing Society

More Companies Think Techonomically at CES

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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

Government Opinion Society

The Short-Term Triumph of Short-Termism

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Technology is rapidly changing every sector of the economy, as well as the nature of warfare. President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to get it. But if you lack a sense of the role of tech, you will only be operating for the short-term.   More

Government Security & Privacy Society

Of Tech and Trump

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The tech industry continues to loom large in the responses to this year’s election and plays multiple interesting roles in its aftermath: Russia has been accused of "hacking" the election, Facebook has been forced to address its fake news issue, tech leaders met this week with president-elect Trump, and more.   More

Business Society Techonomy Events

Facebook Influenced Election? Crazy Idea, Says Zuckerberg

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Dismissing the idea that fake stories in Facebook's News Feed influenced the outcome of the U.S. election, Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at Techonomy16, grabbed global headlines and no breaks from tech reporters. It was by no means the only thing he discussed, but it got all the coverage.   More

Internet of Things Society Techonomy Events

Our Weird Possible Data-Centric Futures: Listen as We Plan Techonomy 2016

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Listen in to Techonomy's program planners as they discuss some big issues we're building sessions around for the Techonomy 2016 conference, November 9-11 in California. This year we’ve honed in on the reality that the world is entering a completely new era, as data-gathering of all sorts accumulates across global society. How will society determine who gets to control and utilize data about people? How much will people get access to data about themselves and their communities? What relative powers over data will companies, governments, and individuals have?   More

Community Insights Society

Financial and Emotional Suffering Is Pushing White Americans Towards Trump

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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

Arts & Culture Society

The Bleak Emotional and Social Premise of Pokemon Go

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The original Pokémon television show stressed friendship and loyalty. So why does Pokémon Go feel more like digital dogfighting? Pumping Pokémon full of "stardust," caging them in pokeballs and only bringing them out again for combat: Pokémon GO offers a far bleaker narrative than previous iterations of the franchise. What does it mean when our technology starts to cast aside the standards of decency and morality we hold dear?   More

Healthcare Internet of Things Society

Watch Healthcare Improve as Runners Embrace Tech

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I joke sometimes with my running friends that we don’t take our watches on runs; our watches take us on runs. In June Facebook launched Moves, its own activity-tracking app. Facebook is just one of many companies that wants to know when you’re active. People who run are obsessed with statistics, and watches and wearables are becoming almost a must-have for runners. This technology may drive a revolution in healthcare.   More

Healthcare Society

Thanks to Social Media, Rare Progress on Rare Diseases

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Progress in rare diseases has always been painfully slow, partly because so few are affected that study is challenging. Now, with social media, patients are able to band together, giving critical mass to efforts like fundraising and clinical trial enrollment that might otherwise wither away.   More

Global Tech Government Society

A Zimbabwean Pastor Built an Anti-Corruption Movement with Facebook

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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

Government Society

Why Can’t We Register to Vote Online? (and Other Ways Tech Could Improve Democracy)

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American democracy is out of date, in large part because we have failed to take advantage of voting technology. Turnout is now low and the experience of voting and registering inconvenient. Most Americans must still go to the DMV to register. The infrastructure is old and creaky. But an influx of new tech could bring American democracy out of the stone age, and possibly reinvigorate the entire system.   More

Government Society

UPDATE: What You Should Know about Mike Pence and Tech

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After weeks of conjecture, we finally know who Trump's running mate will be as he enters the final months of the presidential race: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. His tax cuts have helped turn Indiana into the Silicon Prairie (or so he claims), but he also lost a fight with tech executives like Marc Benioff over LGBT discrimination. Here's what you should know about Mike Pence and tech.   More

Arts & Culture Society

Reflections from Ross: Go Pokémon!

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In under a week, Pokémon Go has taken over phones - and lives - everywhere. As the world scrambles to catch Doduos and Bulbasaurs, our program director gives the game a try on the streets of New York City. It may be buggy, and it's certainly distracting, but could Pokémon Go be ushering in a new era of mass consumption for augmented reality? And just why, exactly, has the nostalgia-driven remake of a Gameboy classic taken over the mobile world?   More

Business Community Insights Society

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: The Transformation of Business

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Six hundred years ago, Gutenberg’s press ushered in an era of mass communication. Radio, TV, and film all broadcast a single message and make a clear distinction between broadcaster and audience. Today's digital platforms create a new world of mass collaboration, with more distributed, diverse and personalized interactions. In this “many-to-many” world, we are equally broadcaster and audience. We are all co-creators.   More

Global Tech Society

Reflections from Ross: On the Need to Capture

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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

Government Society

Report from Europe: Brexit Vote Reflects Global Failure

Middle Eastern refugees in Greece in 2015. The Brexit vote stems largely from fears about such people ending up in the UK. Photo courtesy Shutterstock, copyright Anjo Kan

The shocking Brexit vote in the UK may be a landscape-altering moment that will shift how we have to view the world. At a top-level conference in Germany there was both near-despair and some hope. But nobody was sanguine, and the overarching issue of how to deal with a world increasingly awash with refugees loomed very large.   More

Analytics & Data Business Society

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

Arts & Culture Internet of Things Society

Reflections from Ross: Art, Culture and Tech

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Last week DLD was in New York for their annual shindig, and the city was treated to its first Creative Tech Week. CTW brought together artists, designers, makers, creators, entrepreneurs, developers and new media folk to show off their work. And DLD, a wonderful marriage of German and American sensibilities, included two museum curators who spoke about some digital challenges facing art.   More

Finance Government Society

Accelerating Financial Inclusion with National Digital Currencies

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Central banks from England to China have floated the notion of issuing their own national digital currencies. The banks may issue digital currency units alongside notes and coins and adjust the mix over time. If they do, it could accelerate and help scale a wave of service innovations that advance financial inclusion, stimulate economic growth, and spur social progress.   More