17 Conference Report #techonomy17

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 - 5:50 pm


    • 2:45 pm


      Josh Kampel, Techonomy
      David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
      Simone Ross, Techonomy
    • 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
      Tessa Lau, Savioke
      Rohit Prasad, Amazon
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 3:45 pm

      Illuminating the Future of Brain-Machine Interfaces

      Connecting computers with the human brain has become a buzzworthy topic, but you may not realize just how far existing technologies have already taken us toward that goal. New types of neural interface technology currently in development, including light-based communication with the brain, stand to vastly improve the scale and precision with which machines and neurons interact. What might become possible with this new communication channel to the mind? How do we maximize its value while minimizing risk?

      Justin Sanchez, DARPA
    • 4:00 pm

      A conversation with...

      Beth Comstock, GE
      Penny Pritzker, PSP Capital Partners
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 4:25 pm

      Reckoning With the New Hegemonists

      Amazon, Facebook, and Google are a new breed of global giant, with extraordinary social, political, and economic weight, now coming under rapidly growing scrutiny. Silicon Valley has set itself a high bar claiming it improves the world, presuming trust from consumers and regulators. In this climate, can that last? Do 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
    • 5:05 pm

      How Connectivity, Community and Diet Transform Your Health

      Dean Ornish, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
    • 5:15 pm

      180° Shift Talks on the nexus of tech & food

    • Rethinking Food Tech

      Climate change and population growth are ratcheting up pressure on food producers for smart-ag innovations to address problems that lie ahead and redress past mistakes.

      Amanda Little, Vanderbilt University
    • Metagenomics: Ensuring Food Safety & Supply

      Environmental microbial genetic material, data and analytics—what can we learn from the microbiome of food to address food integrity and safety?

      Jeff Welser, IBM
    • 5:25 pm

      Feed Me

      Data-driven diets, lab-grown meat, plant-based proteins, personalized nutrition, genetic modification—the intersection of tech and nutrition will play a crucial role to feed the world. Will high-tech food lead to healthier humans?

      Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company
      Interviewer: Amanda Little, Vanderbilt University
    • 5:50 pm

      Opening Sessions Wrap

    • 6:00 pm


      hosted by Verizon
    • 7:00 pm


      hosted by Accenture
    • 8:45 pm

      What is Your Biggest Hope or Fear for the World?

      a room-wide dialogue Yvonne Cagle, NASA
      Dan’l Lewin
      Xiaoning Qi, C-SKY Microsystems
      Rangu Salgame, Princeton Growth Ventures
    • 7:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • Johnson & Johnson Well-Being Workout

      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

      Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness, and America's Challenge:

      A Conversation with John Chambers, Cisco
    • 9:05 am

      Retail’s Rubicon

      The physical and digital are converging, and nowhere more so than in retail. Amazon’s astonishing inroads are daunting. Yet retail will not be exclusively digital. From browsing, to purchase, to delivery—how do retailers balance the in-store and online experience?

      Julie Bornstein, Stitch Fix
      Steve Carlin, SoftBank Robotics
      Christian Madsbjerg, ReD Associates
      Moderator: Mark Bonchek, Shift Thinking
    • 9:45 am

      180° Shift Talks

    • The New Reality for the Future of Work

      AI is changing the nature of work and business. Will this mean job displacement, or will AI become society’s secret weapon for growth?

      H. James Wilson, Accenture
    • The Cybersecurity of Sports: How Technology Interferes With Game Integrity and Fan Safety

      From scoring systems, to food dispensers, to drones, to virtual reality, new technologies are challenging the security of sport and integrity of the game.

      Betsy Cooper, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
    • Want Truly Intelligent Machines? Better Study the Brain.

      The networks that perform AI’s exciting feats are pretty simple. The architectures may be inspired by brains, but are much less complex. New technologies will transform our understanding of how brains make decisions, and may help create truly intelligent artificial systems.

      Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    • 10:00 am

      3-D Technology is Advancing Personalized Treatment

      Models based on CT scans assist surgical simulation and planning. We
      can 3-D print patient-specific implants and mass manufacture custom
      devices. It all enables health breakthroughs.

      Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems
    • 10:05 am

      Advancing Global Health With Tech

      Billions of people are getting healthier. But it isn’t enough. Far too many people globally still die from preventable causes, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 aim to radically reduce that. What role is tech playing in health progress? How can we continue to advance toward the SDG health goal?

      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, ships, and robots —all are moving quickly towards autonomous mobility capability. But it’s not just about smart systems and sensors. What policies, changes in social attitude, and other advances are needed so autonomous machines can seamlessly navigate the same landscape as we do?

      Mark Bartolomeo, Verizon
      Melissa Cefkin, Nissan
      Douglas Davis, Intel Corporation
      Dyan Gibbens, Trumbull Unmanned
      Chris Urmson, Aurora
      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. More often than not that value does not accrue to ourselves. As data becomes the most valuable asset we have, why don’t we have ownership or control? Could we make it happen?

      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 struggle to keep up. How do we ensure everyone benefits from the new landscape of work?

      Byron Auguste, Opportunity@Work
      Diana Farrell, JPMorgan Chase Institute
      Sasan Goodarzi, Intuit
      Sheila Marcelo, Care.com
      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. Transparency will be ensured, transactions will be secure and our identities and assets will flow seamlessly. Excitement is growing in trade and finance, healthcare, government, and smart cities. Can blockchain live up to the hype?

      Kathleen Breitman, Tezos & Dynamic Ledger Solutions
      Brian Forde, Forde.com
      Andrea Tinianow, Global Delaware
      Dominic Williams, DFINITY
      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 mankind’s engineering skills, our ability to hold back the rising water is limited when it comes to sea levels. Cities will become more vulnerable, island nations will disappear, and coastal regions remain constantly at peril. Can we survive our waterlogged future?

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

      How AI Can Save Democracy

      The disinformation war is on and it is effective and cutthroat. Tech has enabled authoritarian messaging and tactics, dark posts, and micro-targeting. Can tech also help us fight authoritarianism? How do we wage the information wars when democracy is at stake?

      J. Galen Buckwalter, PsyML
    • 3:25 pm

      5G, Digital Inclusion and the Future of Communication:

      A Conversation With Lowell McAdam, Verizon
    • 3:45 pm

      Confronting Manipulation Head-On

      Facebook, Google, and Twitter are in the hot seat over how their systems may have been manipulated by foreign actors during the US election. The tech sector needs to recognize how this has become the new security battle and build organizational antibodies in response. These problems aren’t new, but become more serious as tech plays a bigger role in democracy, the economy, and society.

      danah boyd, Data & Society
    • 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? Are Amazon, Facebook, and Google becoming the de facto authority? What does authority mean anymore? What will replace the old systems that signified authority?

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

      180° Shift Talks

    • Understanding Government in the 21st Century

      We are at a level of global political uncertainty not seen since the early 20th century, when two opposing trends—globalization and nationalism—led to two devastating world wars. Now the same two opposing trends, fueled by interconnectedness and technology, again threaten global stability. Can tech help lead us toward 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 tech advances could solve the perennial problems of cities. Many have tried to transfer new technologies into the urban realm—with varying success.

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

      How Tech is Remaking the Construction Industry

      The $10 trillion global construction industry has been slow to digitize. Now it is finally embracing tech–from off-site and modular/prefab construction, to robotic bricklayers, and IoT-enabled job sites. What will the construction landscape look like in a few years?

      Michael Marks, Katerra
      Lincoln Wood, Turner Construction Company
      Tracy Young, PlanGrid
      Moderator: Simone Ross, Techonomy
    • 5:10 pm

      What Can We Do About the Rising Cost of Healthcare?

      The U.S. spends twice as much on health care as other rich countries, and gets less care for the money. What will it take to make positive change? How can insurers and doctors use predictive data to help patients and reduce costs? Is consumer-friendly, affordable health insurance possible?

      Dan Munro, Author
      Mario Schlosser, Oscar
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 5:30 pm

      AI, Robotics and the Obligation of Business:

      A Conversation With Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk
    • 5:50 pm

      Afternoon Sessions Conclude

    • 6:00 pm


      hosted by IBM
    • 6:45 pm


      hosted by Philips
    • 9:00 pm

      Evening Performance and Interview with singer/songwriter MAX

      Interviewer: Josh Kampel, Techonomy
    • 7:00 am

      Registration Opens

    • Johnson & Johnson Well-Being Workout

      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, old ways of developing leaders are irrelevant. What are enlightened companies and leaders doing 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 and sophisticated techno-manipulation, we’ve learned a lot in the past year about the negative impact of technology on democracy. Now what? Certainly the solution does not lie with either tech or government alone. Can the institutions of society come together to prevent the demise of democracy?

      Tim Hwang, FiscalNote
      Minnie Ingersoll, Code For America
      Lawrence Norden, NYU School of Law
      Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
      Molly Turner, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
      Moderator: Jon Fine, Inc Magazine
    • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

      Closing Sessions

    • 9:00 am


    • 9:10 am

      Cognitive Computing, Security and Innovation’s Promise:

      A Conversation With John Kelly, IBM
      Interviewer: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 9:35 am

      Extending Reality

      As augmented, virtual, and mixed realities begin to push the boundaries of the physical, we are finally seeing practical applications of AR and VR across a spectrum of industries. What will these new “realities” mean for business, society, and our sense of where and even who we are?

      Marc Carrel-Billiard, Accenture
      Tony Parisi, Unity Technologies
      Moderator: Ina Fried, Axios
    • 10:05 am

      180° Shift Talks

    • Voice is the New Touch

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

      Katie McMahon, SoundHound Inc.
    • Ingenuity vs. Innovation: The Rise of the Human Element

      We are entering an era not of innovation, but of ingenuity. The distinctly human algorithms in our human brains will lead to the biggest gains in productivity, creating new solutions for social, economic, and environmental challenges.

      Josh Reynolds, Rob Roy Consulting
    • Nowhere to Hide

      From Wikileaks to the Panama Papers, the methods that elites use to protect and hide their wealth are increasingly being revealed via a new whistleblowing model of large-scale data leaks. The effect on corruption and human rights abuses is profound and mostly positive, but is transforming the risk environment for companies.

      Alison Taylor, BSR
    • 10:15 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, audiences are scattered across platforms and devices, and tech has turned the industry on its head. Consumers want programming on-demand, online, and commercial-free and newcomers are barging in. Can old media keep up?

      Jeremy Legg, Turner
      Steve Shannon, Roku
      Moderator: Josh Kampel, Techonomy
    • 10:45 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
      Interviewer: Selina Wang, Bloomberg News
    • 11:00 am

      The Internet Under Attack

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

      Mark Anderson, Strategic News Service
      Peder Jungck, BAE Systems
      Rebecca MacKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights at New America
      Moderator: David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    • 11:45 am

      Why Hyper-Local is the Future of Healthcare—and Capitalism:

      A Conversation With Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna Inc.
    • 12:20 pm

      Closing Remarks

    • 12:30 pm

      Conference Ends