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Techonomy’s Top 5 Articles for 2016

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Techonomy's five most-viewed stories included reports about our historic conversation with Mark Zuckerberg, a research psychologist's analysis of why so many White Americans support Trump, a trenchant set of predictions about VR and AR, and two of our many articles on healthcare. One explains why Singapore is becoming a digital health hub, and the other examines the rich potential of data.   More

Healthcare

HealthTap Connects People with Doctors Online

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HealthTap gives patient/consumers access to doctors through video, voice, and text chat on any connected device. It also provides a platform for a community of physicians to share knowledge among themselves. The age of digital healthcare is coming quickly, and bringing doctors and patients together online is a critical step.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Islamic Bioethicists Debate Genomics at Qatar Health Summit

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Many countries in the Middle East see exciting opportunities in genomics. Yet they also face challenging questions about reconciling it with local moral and cultural traditions. At a meeting in Qatar global healthcare leaders debated guidelines for a region where, for example, more than 20% of marriages are between first cousins.   More

Business

How Real is Virtual Reality?

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Few technologies have raced through the hype cycle in such a short time as Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. All three make digital information not just interactive, but immersive. We look at various approaches, but conclude that VR, AR and MR will likely trigger a fundamental shift in our relationship with technology.   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

Analytics & Data Jobs Techonomy Events

The Fuzzy Future of AI and Jobs

Are we headed towards a world where machines do everything? Are jobs drying up because of AI and automation? It's a growing theme in our work at Techonomy. Discussions at our recent conference and a variety of stories and encounters with experts have underscored for us how hard it is to draw a firm conclusion about whether to be excited or scared.   More

E-Commerce

A Techonomic Gift Guide

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As is our tradition, Techonomy waded through geek-friendly options to come up with this annual gift guide–tech-related presents that are clever, easy to use, and fun. Check your sunscreen, find your suitcase, talk to your house, or skateboard electrically for 10 miles with what's in this Santa's bag.   More

Analytics & Data Jobs Partner Insights

Artificial Intelligence May Change the Face of Business

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. Accenture research suggests it could double economic growth rates in the U.S. and other developed countries. And while many believe AI will supplant humans, we think it will instead mostly enable people to do more exceptional work.   More

Analytics & Data Jobs

Scene from an Office, 2017: The A.I. Arrives

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Dinesh could read a Bloomberg terminal like a radiologist reads an x-ray. He had learned the arcane tools that were supposed to assure his indispensability. Now it turns out he’d taught some damned machine to do his job better than he could. “WHAT THE F**K AM I GOING TO DO?!!” he shouted at the empty office.   More

Media & Marketing Opinion The Internet

Like it or not, the Attention Economy is Adding Emotion

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The Attention Economy is becoming the Emotion Economy. Average screen time in the U.S. is almost 11 hours per day. Now tech companies are adding visual and other elements to insert emotion into communication. And virtual reality may take it even further. I only hope it will make us feel good.   More

Business

A Future of Trusted Advisors: Loyalty to the customer, not customer loyalty

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Similar to a wealth advisor or wellness coach/personal trainer, the trusted advisor role presents a huge growth opportunity for businesses. These advisors proactively make recommendations aligned with its customers’ best interests, to create real value for the customer. The biggest challenge for companies trying to employ and market the services of such trusted advisors? Becoming trusted.   More

Government Healthcare

What Trump Means for Healthcare in Asia

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Trump has famously declared that he would move to withdraw from the TPP on his first day as president. But studies show that the agreement would be good for both US and Asian healthcare. Plus, America's habit of bringing investment, ideas, and improved standards of care to Asian healthcare might be in jeopardy.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

Kaiser and Philips Health Chiefs on Obamacare and U.S. Medicine’s Future at Techonomy

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With all the uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act, the Techonomy 2016 audience listened attentively to two experts in the field. Among other predictions, the speakers said digital health will unquestionably play a major role in healthcare moving forward, that the ACA will be harder to repeal than many might expect, and that reimbursement strategies are likely to shift to a more outcomes-based model.   More

Techonomy Events

PCMag.com Covers Techonomy’s Focus on IoT

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Mark Zuckerberg made worldwide headlines, and election coverage got a spotlight, but the Internet of Things was still a central theme at Techonomy 2016. Michael J. Miller of PC Magazine wrote a great piece about the many ways that IoT came up in our discussions.   More

Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: How the Election Changed Techonomy 2016

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The plan was always to start the conference with a group discussion about the election. How could we not if our conference started the day after the election? But the triumph of Trump put a rather different spin on things. In general the mood of the room was shock and numbness. For me, it highlighted that no matter how much we talk about tech and its ability to connect us, it is degrading our ability to see beyond our bubbles.   More

Energy & Green Tech Techonomy Events

TE16: Climate Change Calls for “Taboo Techs”

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Speakers on climate change at TE16 aimed to dispel the stigma associated with nuclear power and geo-engineering–controversial technologies that might help address the climate change caused by humankind’s use of fossil fuels. One said that radiation risks are actually a problem with coal-fueled power, too.   More

Energy & Green Tech Internet of Things

How The Internet of Things Will Fight Climate Change

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The Internet of Things may shift how our energy system works as much as the steam engine reconfigured Western economies at the start of the industrial revolution. As the world focuses on its climate crisis, we must become more energy-efficient, produce less carbon dioxide, and power more things with electricity from wind and solar. IoT can make it possible.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

At Techonomy 2016, a Vision of Disrupted Healthcare

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Medicine will be unrecognizable in the coming decades, with technology changes leading to better care at home, vanishing hospitals, and doctors who can monitor patients’ activity and health between visits. Leaders in various sectors who spoke at Techonomy 2016 contributed to the futuristic picture.   More

Finance Government

India Tackles Corruption with Currency Chaos

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interrupted most evening news in his country last Tuesday to announce that in just three hours, the Indian government would bar the use of 85% of its existing currency. This dramatic announcement comes as India seeks to root out untaxed “black money."   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