Analytics & Data Community Insights Society

Procurement That Saves Money, and Even Lives

More companies seek a tighter grip on their supply chains, and not just to better marshal resources and spending. Once you digitize your supply chain you gain visibility into how suppliers manage critical social issues like labor treatment and environmental compliance. And you can drive ethical behavior through the procurement office. That's deeply gratifying to purpose-driven executives.   More

Society Techonomy Events

What’s Techonomic Now?

The news is techonomic: Equifax attack exposes data of nearly half of all Americans; Amazon price drops at Whole Foods decimate grocery stocks; Apple Watch used by Red Sox for cheating; Facebook harbored Russian fake news. Tech is altering business and society, which is why Techonomy 2017 in November is aimed explicitly at helping attendees understand how to cope and thrive amidst the digital chaos.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Society

Why Millennials Will Transform Healthcare

Millennials want everything at the tip of their smartphone-clutching fingers, and care a lot about healthcare (along with Gen X). Their preferences are driving fundamental changes in health and medicine. As the industry increasingly caters to them, the fruits of a more efficient system will come to everyone. The new digital healthcare also must factor in mental health, stress, anxiety, sleep, and fitness.   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

Business Security & Privacy Society

Are Connected Toys Worth the Risk?

Children's toys and rooms are quickly becoming connected, like just about everything else. Parents may find monitors useful and talking toys a merciful distraction, but is this new digital world safe? Big companies like Mattel, whose Hello Barbie is illustrated here, may handle the responsibilities, but the raft of startups creeping toward our children's lives may be another matter.   More

Society The Internet

The Biggest Question Facing Internet Technology

This Guardian column by Rohan Gunatillake asks a question so obvious it sounds absurd: What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? In a time when our biggest platforms are acquiring outsize influence in how society functions, it's an urgent topic all technologists need to engage with.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Planning for Techonomy 17, and a Techonomy NYC Reading List

Simone Ross extracts her favorite moments at Techonomy NYC, including from Union Square Ventures's Fred Wilson and The Financial Times's Gillian Tett. We're already planning how to continue it all this November at Techonomy 2017. So many great tech-related books were mentioned onstage that Ross compiled a list.   More

Society The Internet

Whatever Happened to the Internet’s Promise?

Idealism helped build a massive global movement of free culture and the net. It may still offer a powerful outline of cyberspace governance: an equitable and enlightened arena, a benign ecosystem that interweaves people and machines. Unfortunately we’re not even close to that today. But it's not too late to retrieve that vision.   More

Government Opinion Society

Reflections from Ross: How Rough Will it Get?

On the Saturday after the inauguration I saw a ray of light. Was the Women’s March the start of a new movement or the evolution of existing, long-standing movements? I have no idea, but our social fabric is being ripped apart. So now what? We need to get better at listening to those removed from our bubbles. We need to figure out how to ensure the benefits of tech and globalization are more evenly distributed. We need to participate.   More

Analytics & Data Society

Can We Balance Human Ethics With Artificial Intelligence?

Who determines the values behind artificial intelligence? Complicated decisions, even life and death ones, will soon be made by software. This groundbreaking article explores the complex choices facing society, business, and technologists. “We should not let Silicon Valley be the mission control for humanity,” argues one futurist.   More

Security & Privacy Society Video

How AI and The Blockchain can Build Trust

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Accenture and Techonomy speaker Paul Daugherty shares his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence and the Blockchain during the World Economic Forum. Plus, a panel discussion on AI's impact on society hosted by David Kirkpatrick.   More

Community Insights Jobs Society

Why an Improving Economy Doesn’t Make People Feel Secure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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