Global Tech Healthcare

Health Tech Innovation Blooms in Singapore

The Helix Bridge in downtown Singapore symbolizes how important science and tech are to Singapore’s own national DNA. 
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As healthcare across Asia modernizes, many health tech companies are setting up shop in Singapore, one of the region’s most dynamic healthcare innovation hubs. The innovation-centric country recently committed over $13 billion USD to a five-year R&D plan that emphasizes biomedical sciences.   More

Techonomy Events

Techonomy Finally Comes to NYC on May 26!

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Join leading thinkers at our first day-long hometown conference, Techonomy NYC on Thursday, May 26. Here in New York we get different insights and see opportunities we might miss in Silicon Valley, or anywhere else. Speakers include Agus, boyd, Everson, Federer, Foroohar, Morgan, Rosenworcel, Ruh, Sundararajan, Tantoco, Tett, Winkler, and many more. It's going to rock.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing Society

Without Design, Innovation Doesn’t Happen: A Conversation with Paola Antonelli

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Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture & design and director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art, is a passionate advocate for the importance of design in society and business. Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick conducted this extensive interview with her over lunch in New York.   More

Analytics & Data Internet of Things Partner Insights

Why Verizon is Betting on The Internet of Things

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The "Internet of Things" is the next big move as the economy goes digital. Measuring and acting on signals generated by everything from steps individuals take to the amount of water flowing over a dam, a vast new industry is emerging to bring more efficiency to society. In a comprehensive new report released Tuesday, Verizon outlines why this Internet of Things (IoT) transition is critical to business. The company has products, a platform, and enormous enthusiasm for this transformation.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Healthcare Goes Digital: Fewer Hospitals, Empowered Doctors, and a Medical Sharing Economy

Digital tools hold the promise of not just making people healthier, but radically upending the structure of the healthcare industry.   (Photo: Africa Studio via Shutterstock)

Tech is helping drive exciting changes in healthcare, though they don’t galvanize public attention like driverless cars or virtual reality headsets. But as the industry embraces digital strategies, American patients may begin to see a patient-centric model that will streamline the system and upend the way medical professionals operate.   More

Arts & Culture Cities Startup Culture

Reflections from Ross: Art, Tech, and Civic Life in NYC

This session on Technologized Civic Life at Techonomy Detroit 2015 was moderated by the Atlantic's Jim Fallows.

I’m writing this week's post from Civic Hall in NYC, a fantastic co-working, gathering, and events space just around the corner from Techonomy's office on West 22nd Street. There I bumped into organizers of the first NYC Creative Tech Week, April 29-May 8, a full week of programming on the intersection of tech, media, creativity, art and design. Here are some Techonomy links that demonstrate this intersection.   More

Arts & Culture Bio & Life Sciences

Glowing Rabbits and Sculptures That Breathe: The Rise of BioArt

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“BioArt” is a growing movement that involves either using living organisms as part of a work of art or imitating life processes and biological research to create art that critiques or embraces life sciences. Artists have created glowing bunnies, sculptures that breathe, and even encoded sexual drawings in living cells.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Lawsuit Underscores Risk of Thinking Genetic Tests Authoritative

Interpreting the results of genetic testing remains as much art as science. (Image courtesy Shutterstock)

A recently filed lawsuit suggests trouble may be brewing for the new era of genomic testing. A mother claims an inaccurate test result contributed to the death of her young son, who had a mitochondrial disorder. But interpreting genetic tests remains as much art as science, which we will have to accept if this field is to get on its feet. It would be a shame if such tragedies hindered the innovations that will ultimately make genomic medicine more reliable.   More

Government Society

So Far, Presidential Candidates Mostly Disappoint on Tech Issues

Hillary Clinton got the best grade for her tech-elated positions, but even she only scored a B+. Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

The next President has the chance to either help the U.S. increase its lead around innovation or watch our country fall further back into a morass of bad policies and failed programs. Working with Engine, a tech policy organization, Tusk Ventures looked at where each of the candidates stands on tech-related issues. So how did they do? Not so great.   More

Internet of Things Security & Privacy

Why We Can’t Use Things to Secure the Internet of Things

Hardware doesn't work to secure digital mobile transactions. Photo: Danai Khampiranon via Shutterstock

Marc Andreessen first famously wrote “software is eating the world” five years ago, and now software is transforming entire industries. But when it comes to securing digital transactions, the world mostly still relies on hardware. But as we we all transact more and more through connected devices, this hardware way of securing mobile commerce simply won't suffice.   More

Internet of Things Mobile Transportation

The Next Industries to Be Transformed by Tech: Shipping and Mining

Illustration courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Mining and shipping are industries thus far almost wholly unreconstructed by mobile tech. But soon, remote-control earthmovers, sensor-connected containers, and network-linked augmented reality goggles will change both unalterably. The Internet of Things (IoT) is going underground and out to sea.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things Partner Insights

Philips CEO van Houten on Digital Health’s Future

Philips CEO Frans van Houten was a big presence at the giant recent HIMSS healthcare & tech conference in Las Vegas. HIMSS is where the digital world meets the world of health, and Philips aims increasingly to be a central player in that conjunction. I interviewed van Houten briefly on the show floor and separately conducted a lengthy interview with him on stage. He has five lessons he wants healthcare to learn from other industries.   More

Analytics & Data Internet of Things

Reflections from Ross: On Drones and CubeSats

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Oceans cover about 71 percent of the earth’s surface. We think of everything as constantly connected, yet in a world where we are drowning in oceans of data the ocean itself is a data dead zone. But there’s a transformation underway. CubeSats and drones are changing not just the way we get access to information about what’s happening on the surface of our planet—from cities to forests to the middle of nowhere—but the frequency at which we get that information.   More

Techonomy Events Video

10 Great Talks by Women at Techonomy

In honor of women around the world leading the way toward a more equitable future, on this International Women's Day we assembled ten of our favorite talks by women at Techonomy conferences over the years. There are plenty more where these came from.   More

Finance

The Key to Blockchain Adoption: Make It Cheaper

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Blockchain—the technology behind (or interwoven with) BitCoin—is the main story. The "cryptocurrency" is almost a distraction, a sideshow to the real deal. Blockchain is a public ledger, a record against which anyone can see whether a transaction contained therein is valid. The applications may be mind-boggling.   More

Bio & Life Sciences

How an Entrepreneur Tackled a Rare Disease: A Conversation with Matt Wilsey

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Matt and Kristen Wilsey consulted more than 100 doctors and scientists to identify their daughter Grace’s rare disease, persisting when suggested diagnoses didn’t seem quite right or when doctors had no answers at all. Finally genome sequencing ended their diagnostic odyssey—and made them crusaders for a better approach.   More

Global Tech Government Society

Could the Blockchain Empower the Poor and Unlock Global Growth?

Hernando de Soto with Peruvian miners and their families. (They don't mine Bitcoin, but he thinks the blockchain can help them.)

Renowned Peruvian economist and anti-poverty campaigner Hernando de Soto believes the radical new form of networked recordkeeping could finally give the world’s disenfranchised a record of what they own.   More

Healthcare Security & Privacy

Can We Stop Cybercrime in Healthcare?

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New digital health technologies offer seemingly boundless promise to extend and improve our lives. Yet they also expose us to a growing array of security risks that require urgent attention from companies, consumers, and regulators everywhere. Data theft is one of the biggest risks. As data bursts from the seams of healthcare IT systems and consumer health apps, cybercriminals are having a field day.   More

Transportation

Google Crashes Self-Driving Car—And Everyone Is OK with That

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Google released its February Self-Driving Car Project report yesterday—which for the first time ever includes a crash it caused. Reported to the California DMV Feb. 14, the collision was minor: at Mountain View’s El Camino Real and Castro Street intersection, Google’s Lexus RX SUV, while in autonomous mode, “made contact with the side of a passing bus traveling at 15 mph,” according to Google’s monthly report.   More

Analytics & Data Bio & Life Sciences

23andMe’s Community Wants to Help, CEO Tells Genomics Researchers

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At a genomics conference in February, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki took the stage to make the case for the scientific importance of her consumer genetics platform. Wojcicki still has a grand vision for how the service could help advance our understanding of human health, even as she acknowledges that recent restrictions imposed on the company by the FDA have left her more cautious about growth plans for 23andMe.   More