Techonomy November 5-7, 2017

Subject to Change

    • 10:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

      Social + Networking Activities

      Coastal Bike Tour, Golf Clinic
    • 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm


    • 2:45 pm


    • 3:00 pm

      Can We Handle the Coming Convergence of Man and Machine?

      It seems like computers are starting to merge with our minds, bodies, and maybe even our souls. What new society emerges? Will we bow down to our digital brethren? Probably not. But as new systems, rules, and opportunities emerge, what strange semi-automated netherworld are we hurtling towards?

      Benjamin H. Bratton, University of California, San Diego
      Mary Lou Jepsen, Openwater
      Rohit Prasad, Amazon
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 3:40 pm

      Future Tech a presentation by...

      Justin Sanchez, DARPA
    • 3:55 pm

      A conversation with...

      Beth Comstock, GE
      Penny Pritzker, PSP Capital Partners
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 4:20 pm

      Reckoning With the New Hegemonists

      Amazon, Facebook, and Google are a new breed of global giant, wielding extraordinary social, political, and economic weight, with little prospect of being dislodged. Fast-rising Chinese colossi Alibaba and Tencent aspire to something similar. Silicon Valley and the tech industry set a high bar for themselves as an industry that will improve the world, counting on trust from consumers and regulators. In our current climate of social and economic unrest, how long can that last? Will the tech giants face an existential crisis?

      Mark Mahaney, RBC Capital Markets
      Dave Morgan, Simulmedia, Inc.
      Joyce Vance, The University of Alabama
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 5:00 pm

      How Connectivity, Community and Diet Transforms Your Health

      Dean Ornish, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
    • 5:10 pm

      180° Shift Talks on the nexus of tech & food

    • Metagenomics: Ensuring Food Safety & Supply

      How environmental microbial genetic material, data and analytics is allowing us to detect and address the integrity and safety of our food supply chain. Additional presentations to be announced.

      Jeff Welser, IBM
    • Rethinking Food Tech: How to Feed 9 Billion in a Changing Climate

      Many of us would now rather our food be de-invented, thank you very much. But climate change and population growth are ratcheting up pressure on food producers worldwide to accept smart-ag innovations that have the potential not just to address the problems that lie ahead, but redress the mistakes of the past.

      Amanda Little, Vanderbilt University
    • 5:20 pm

      Feed Me: A Conversation With

      Data-driven diets, lab-grown meat, plant-based proteins, personalized nutrition, genetic modification—the intersection of tech, food, and nutrition plays a crucial role in feeding the world. How is tech impacting not just the production of food, but the nutritional value of what we consume? Will high-tech food lead to healthier humans?

      Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company
    • 5:40 pm

      What is Augmented Reality For?

      Robert Scoble has traveled the world for years meeting the entrepreneurs who are building the next big thing in augmented reality. Where is AR really taking us? What are some of the real-world applications? What role does AR play in the future of both our digital and analog world?

      Robert Scoble, Transformation Group
    • 5:55 pm

      Opening Sessions Wrap

    • 6:00 pm


    • 7:00 pm


    • 8:45 pm

      Evening Session

    • 7:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • Johnson & Johnson Well-Being Workout

      Introducing a new holistic training experience for your mind, body and spirit. This 30-minute class will build physical fitness, mental resilience, and a sense of calm and optimism.
    • 7:15 am

      Breakfast Session

    • Eat Well, Move More, Stress Less, Love More: The Healing Power of Lifestyle Medicine

      Simple lifestyle changes can lead to significant health benefits. Join Dr. Dean Ornish, physician and best-selling author, in a transformational workshop that will help you personalize an optimal lifestyle program.

      Dean Ornish, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
    • 8:30 am - 10:45 am


    • 8:30 am


    • 8:45 am

      A conversation with...

      John Chambers, Cisco
    • 9:05 am

      Retail’s Rubicon

      The physical and digital converge in commerce, and few industries are under more tech-driven stress than retail. Amazon’s astonishing inroads have everyone daunted. Yet retail will not be an exclusively digital experience. From browsing, to purchase, to delivery, how do you balance the in-store and online retail experience? What are the best ideas for combining the best of both worlds?

      Additional speaker to be announced Steve Carlin, SoftBank Robotics
      Christian Madsbjerg, ReD Associates
      Michael Monahan, Pitney Bowes
      Moderator: Mark Bonchek, Shift Thinking
    • 9:45 am

      180° Shift Talks

      Additional talk to be announced
    • The New Reality for the Future of Work

      AI is changing the very nature of work and business processes. What does this mean for job displacement, or will AI create an entirely new category of human jobs? Could AI be society’s secret weapon for growth?

      James Wilson, Accenture
    • The Cybersecurity of Sports: How Technology Can Interfere With the Integrity of the Game, and Safety of Fans

      In conjunction with the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid, to study the future of cybersecurity in sports, Betsy Cooper of UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity analyzed four major sports (swimming, gymnastics, track, and rowing) and highlighted ways that new technologies—from scoring systems, to food dispensers, to drones, to virtual reality—could interfere with the security of major sporting events.

      Betsy Cooper, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
    • 10:00 am

      How 3-D Technology is Advancing Personalized Treatment

      From converting patient-specific CT scan data into digital 3-D anatomical models for surgical simulation and planning; to 3-D printing patient-specific implants; to manufacturing mass custom devices for hearing aids and teeth alignment, 3-D technology is advancing personalized treatment.

      Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems
    • 10:05 am

      Global Health Futures

      Over seven billion people are getting healthier. It’s the biggest, but least discussed, success that technology is achieving in the world today. How and why has global health improved? Disease eradication, better medical care, reproductive health care, and strong policies all lead to a healthier world. At a time when things may seem grim, how do we ensure improved health outcomes remain a bright spot on the global landscape?

      Agnes Binagwaho, University of Global Health Equity
      Oliver Hsiang, Johnson & Johnson
      Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems
      Roy Smythe, Philips
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 10:45 am


    • 11:15 am


    • The Path to Autonomous Mobility

      Unmanned aircraft of all sizes, self-driving cars and ships, delivery robots—all are moving towards autonomous mobility. But it’s not just about the smart systems, sensors, and tech. Can policy and regulation come together without hindering innovation? What is the threshold for societal acceptance and risk? What is needed to get to a future where autonomous machines are able to seamlessly navigate the same landscape as us? How do we reach full autonomous mobility?

      Mark Bartolomeo, Verizon
      Melissa Cefkin, Nissan
      Douglas Davis, Intel Corporation
      Dyan Gibbens, Trumbull Unmanned
      Tessa Lau, Savioke
      Moderator: Steven Levy, Backchannel
    • Should Data Ownership be a Civil Right?

      Every time we engage with a connected device, we’re generating data and value for some entity, more often than not the entity is not ourselves. As our data becomes the most valuable asset we have, why do we have no ownership or control over it? How do we make that happen? Is it even possible?

      Sabrina Ross, Uber
      Marta Tellado, Consumer Reports
      Eric Topol, Scripps Translational Science Institute
      Christiane zu Salm, Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence
      Moderator: Katie Benner, The New York Times
    • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


    • 1:30 pm


    • The Uncertain, Unstable, Changing Nature of Work

      Relentless automation and the shift to platforms is changing how we organize and categorize work. As the economy evolves from “jobs” to “tasks,” policies, safety nets, and systems are struggling to keep up. How do we ensure the benefits of the new landscape of work are evenly distributed?

      Byron Auguste, Opportunity@Work
      Diana Farrell, JPMorgan Chase Institute
      Sasan Goodarzi, Intuit
      Paul Roehrig, Cognizant
      Moderator: Peter Petre, Author
    • The Blockchain Economy

      If you believe the hype, the blockchain will change, well, everything, ushering in a decentralized economy, where transparency is ensured, transactions are secure and our identities and assets flow seamlessly through an open infrastructure. From trade and finance, to healthcare, government and smart cities, how can blockchain innovation systems live up to the hype? Hear from the creators, regulators, and companies writing the rules in real time.

      Additional speakers to be announced Kathleen Breitman, Tezos & Dynamic Ledger Solutions
      Brian Forde, U.S. Congress
      Andrea Tinianow, Global Delaware
      Moderator: Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times
    • 2:30 pm

      Switch Break

    • 2:45 pm - 5:45 pm


    • 2:45 pm

      Good Afternoon

    • 3:00 pm

      The Water Will Come

      Despite the sophistication of our technology and our increasing ability to engineer our physical and natural environment, when it comes to rising sea levels our ability to hold back water is limited. As cities become more vulnerable, island nations disappear, and coastal regions remain constantly at peril, how will we adapt? What will it mean for our communities, infrastructure, and society at large? Can we build in the resilience to survive our waterlogged future?

      Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
      Moderator: Simone Ross, Techonomy
    • 3:15 pm

      How AI Can Save Democracy

      Authoritarian messaging and tactics, dark posts, micro-targeting, the disinformation war is on and it is effective and cutthroat. Tech has enabled this, but is it also the only agent in society capable of effectively fighting authoritarianism? How do we fight the information wars when democracy is at stake?

      J. Galen Buckwalter, PsyML
    • 3:25 pm

      A Conversation with

      Lowell McAdam, Verizon
    • 3:45 pm

      Confronting Manipulation Head-On

      Facebook, Google, and Twitter are in the hot seat with Congress over how their systems may (or may not) have been manipulated by foreign actors seeking to manipulate the US election. We in the tech sector need to recognize how manipulation of data has become the new security battle and build organizational antibodies in response. These problems aren’t new, they have only become more intense as tech has begun to play a larger role in democracy, the economy, and our social world.

      danah boyd, Data & Society & Microsoft Research
    • 3:55 pm

      What is Authority in a Networked, Artificially Intelligent World?

      As algorithms and AI are seamlessly integrated into everything, who (or what) is making the decisions? As we turn to companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google for everything, are they becoming the de facto authority? What does authority mean anymore? What will replace the old systems for signifying authority?

      danah boyd, Data & Society & Microsoft Research
      Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners
      Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
      Moderator: Stratford Sherman, Accompli
    • 4:30 pm

      180° Shift Talks

    • Ingenuity vs. Innovation: The Rise of the Human Element

      We are entering an era not of innovation, but of ingenuity. The distinctly human algorithms that take place in a human brain are the algorithms that will lead the biggest net gains in productivity, in creating new solutions for mounting social, economic, and environmental challenges.

      Josh Reynolds, Rob Roy Consulting
    • Understanding Government in the 21st Century

      We seem to be at a level of global political uncertainty on a scale not seen since the early 20th century when two opposing trends—globalization and nationalism—led to two devastating world wars. 100 years later, the same two opposing trends, fueled by interconnectedness and technology, threaten economic and political stability across the globe once again. Now is the time to ask how technology can help lead us away from conflict and toward a more peaceful and prosperous co-existence.

      Tim Hwang, FiscalNote
    • Disrupting Cities: What We Can Learn From Past Attempts at Urban Innovation

      Throughout history, we’ve thought that recent advances in technology could solve the perennial problems of cities. Many technologists have tried to transfer new technologies into the urban realm— with varying degrees of success.

      Molly Turner, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business & Airbnb
    • 4:40 pm

      How Tech is Remaking the Construction Industry

      Every tech development you can think of is being applied to the $10 trillion global construction industry, bringing increased efficiency and productivity to an industry thus far slow to digitize. From off-site and modular/prefab construction, to robotic bricklayers, to IoT-enabled job sites, construction is getting smart. What will the construction tech landscape look like in a few years’ time? How will the way we build transform?

      Additional speaker to be announced Michael Marks, Katerra
      Lincoln Wood, Turner Construction Company
      Tracy Young, PlanGrid
    • 5:10 pm

      A Conversation with

      Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk
    • 5:30 pm

      What Can Be Done About the Rising Cost of Care?

      The US spends twice as much on health care as other rich countries do, even though we actually get less care for our money. What will it take to make real positive change in our current system? How can insurers and doctors use data to predictively and proactively to help patients and reduce costs? Is consumer-friendly, high quality health insurance possible?

      Dan Munro, Author
      Mario Schlosser, Oscar
    • 5:50 pm

      Afternoon Sessions Conclude

    • 6:00 pm


    • 6:45 pm
    • 9:00 pm

      Evening Performance and Interview with singer/songwriter MAX

    • 7:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • Johnson & Johnson Well-Being Workout

      Introducing a new holistic training experience for your mind, body and spirit. This 30-minute class will build physical fitness, mental resilience, and a sense of calm and optimism.
    • 7:45 am - 8:45 am

      Breakfast Roundtables

    • Leadership Breakfast Session

      Two-thirds of executives say the next 36 months will be more critical to their industries than the previous 50 years. In this volatile, uncertain, tech-infused world, the old ways of developing leaders are irrelevant. Now it’s not just training great people, but helping them learn to configure and reconfigure into fast-evolving systems. What are enlightened companies and leaders are doing to stay effective now?

      in partnership with Duke Corporate Education and Johnson & Johnson Lowinn Kibbey, Johnson & Johnson
      Tony O'Driscoll, DukeCE Labs & The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
      Blair Sheppard, PwC
    • Can Tech and Government Save Democracy?

      With the spread of disinformation, dark posts, micro-targeting, sophisticated techno-manipulation, we’ve learned a lot in the past year about the negative impact of technology on democracy. So now what? Certainly the solution does not lie with just tech or government alone. So can tech, government and civil society come together to prevent the demise of democracy?

      Additional speakers to be announced Tim Hwang, FiscalNote
      Lawrence Norden, NYU School of Law
      Molly Turner, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business & Airbnb
      Moderator: Jon Fine, Inc Magazine
    • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

      Closing Sessions

    • 9:00 am


    • 9:10 am

      Extending Reality

      As augmented, virtual and mixed realities start to push the boundaries of the physical world, we are finally starting to see practical applications of AR and VR technology across a spectrum of industries. What is the future of technologies that are explicitly designed to facilitate this transition? As we navigate these new ‘realities,’ what will it mean for business, society, and for our sense of where and who we are?

      Additional speakers to be announced Marc Carrel-Billiard, Accenture
      Tony Parisi, Unity Technologies
      Moderator: Ina Fried, Axios
    • 9:35 am

      180° Shift Talks

      Additional talks to be announced.
    • Voice is the New Touch

      We’re on the brink of a major shift. How soon before voice becomes how we interface with out technology?

      Katie McMahon, SoundHound Inc.
    • 9:50 am

      The Topsy-Turvy World of Media

      Once upon a time, media and entertainment companies lived in harmony with clearly delineated roles in the ecosystem. Now, with audiences scattered across different platforms and devices, technology has turned the entire industry on its head. Consumers want programming on-demand, online, and commercial-free and newcomers are barging into content creation and distribution. As tech changes not only the business of media, but the nature of entertainment itself, how does old media keep up?

      Additional speakers to be announced Jeremy Legg, Turner
      Stephen Shannon, Roku
      Moderator: Josh Kampel, Techonomy
    • 10:20 am

      A View from China

      From the Cloud to the Edge, C-Sky Microsystems CEO Xiaoning Qi on the embedded technologies that will power and enable the IoT world.

      Xiaoning Qi, C-SKY Microsystems
    • 10:35 am

      A conversation with

      John Kelly, IBM
    • 10:55 am

      The Internet Under Attack

      As countries seek extreme advantage in the newly-networked world, many are limiting speech, imposing restrictive rules, and taking firm control of the digital infrastructure. Can the global internet remain an engine of economic growth and free information exchange? Can countries like China learn to play on a truly global field?

      Additional speaker to be announced Mark Anderson, Strategic News Service
      Peder Jungck, BAE Systems
      Rebecca MacKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights at New America
    • 11:40 am

      A conversation with

      Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna Inc.
    • 12:25 pm

      Closing Remarks

    • 12:30 pm

      Conference Ends