Healthcare Partner Insights

Healthcare 9021…uh oh

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Your health should not depend on your zip code, yet huge disparities exist even in developed countries like the U.S. And in a turnabout, now children may not live as many years as their parents. Philips' mission is to intervene with collaboration, technology, and big data, to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2025.   More

Cities Startup Culture

Tech:NYC Celebrates and Shapes New York’s Tech Industry

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Tech:NYC draws together local tech companies large and small to work with government, build industry ties and cultivate critical tech talent. It was only formed last year, but is already having a significant impact, both underscoring and contributing to the robust growth of technology in New York.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Could Bats Reveal the Fountain of Youth?

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Unlike other tiny mammals, bats and mole-rats live especially long lives. Now scientists are starting to understand why. At a time when interest in longevity is massive and growing, their answers might point the way toward useful knowledge about how we ourselves could last a bit longer.   More

Healthcare

InsurTech Startups Strive to Reinvent Insurance

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Technology is starting to transform insurance. The industry may be conservative, but we're seeing innovation ranging from new health underwriters (like Oscar, whose CEO speaks at Techonomy NYC May 17), to a Scottish company that insures borrowed cars on a per-hour basis.   More

Security & Privacy

Hello Barbie Hijacked, as Techonomy 2016 Foreshadowed

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At Techonomy 2016, panelists revealed shocking security risks associated with embedding the internet in children’s toys. The fear that these devices could be compromised appears to have been warranted. Over the past year, hackers have found a way to turn "Hello Barbie" into a listening device, and have held data ransom. Germany has even banned certain connected toys in their country.   More

Society The Internet

Whatever Happened to the Internet’s Promise?

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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

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Healthcare

2017 Biotech Trends–Regrown Organs, Augmented Brains, and AI Diagnosis

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At IndieBio we see hundreds of biotech startups and technologies, and a few key themes are emerging for 2017. Fiction is becoming a reality with cell therapies. The era of the brain has arrived. And machine learning and AI are now a key part of biotech innovation.   More

Healthcare

Infectious Diseases Really Are Out to Get You

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Infectious disease outbreaks are occurring more often and with more complex infection patterns, making them harder to treat. While this is a very scary reality, new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and preparation for epidemics hold promise, reported top scientists at a recent conference called Advances in Genome Biology and Technology.   More

Community Insights Government Jobs

H1B Visas: Why They’re Broken and What we Can Do

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The Trump administration may further restrict H1B work visas for technology workers. There are inherent problems with the current H1B system, but even more with the Trump proposal. We need to increase the minimum salary for H1B recipients, require employers that utilize them to take concrete actions to benefit American workers, and initiate a crash program to improve the tech skills of Americans.   More

5G Community Insights Mobile

What to Expect at the World’s Behemoth Mobile Tech Show

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Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona is next week. Mobile technology continues to amaze. One key theme will be the upcoming 5G world–significantly faster data, less delay, and greater wireless connectivity to far more endpoints. Globalization will be another top theme, along with AI, VR, and new kinds of wearable connected tech.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Jobs

How Tech Creates Jobs and Helps Aging Americans

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The American home healthcare industry, already employing 2.5 million, is facing a crisis as the need grows quickly even as poor working conditions and low pay deter new caregivers from entering the field. Honor, run by author Sternberg, brings automation and smartphone assistance and convenience to workers and improves the quality of care.   More

Bio & Life Sciences

Contradictions Abound in Public Opinions about Genetics

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People are so opposed to GMOs that such food has often been banned, though studies find zero evidence it harms people. But paradoxically, when it comes to editing human genomes, many are eager to press forward. Yet here scientists themselves mostly call for caution, because little is known about long-term ramifications.   More

Community Insights Government

e-Estonia: Reflections on Life in a Digital Society

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My country – Estonia – has a very digital lifestyle that is convenient, fast and efficient. Estonia conducts its elections online, and was the first country to have paperless government. Almost 100% of banking transactions are done electronically, and 96% file their income taxes that way. It's not the end of the road but just another milestone on the path of technical revolution.   More

Healthcare

Technology Helps Cut Global Surgery Shortage

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Too many people around the world lack access to affordable surgery. About 143 million additional procedures are needed each year in low- and middle-income countries to prevent unnecessary death and disability, according to a 2015 study. Yet new devices, AR and VR platforms, data analytics tools, and even AI-powered robots are slowly changing the game.   More

Jobs Opinion

Ladies, Consider a Career in Science

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American women have made tremendous strides in science—in some areas they earn half of all doctorate degrees. But women remain at a significant disadvantage to men on a host of metrics, such as likelihood to win federal funding. The perception that science isn’t cool for girls remains rampant in grade schools. But we too often focus only on certain archetypes, when in fact myriad career paths are available. So let's celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Saturday February 11.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Telemedicine is now Medicine

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Though it's been around since the 1960's, telemedicine has grown up and is now a significant part of American healthcare. For instance, "telestroke" programs are widely used to get aid quickly to stroke victims. The emergency room, too, is much changed, as this essay by the CIO of hospital giant NewYork-Presbyterian explains. But public attitudes haven't caught up to what digital health can now achieve.   More

Jobs Managing

The Technology Secret Most Leaders Miss

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As technology changes business, hiring and retaining talented software engineers becomes ever more crucial. But great talent can be squandered with poor infrastructure and inefficient processes that waste peoples' time. Companies that don't implement the latest software development tools won't keep the best programmers.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights

If Your Company Has Data, Consider “Donating It”

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A growing number of companies are finding ways to become "corporate data philanthropists." Your company may have data that can be released for public benefit. Data donation leverages the power of the crowd: more people to analyze it, test hypotheses, create new knowledge, detect patterns, and use it for social innovation.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Anybody Want a $25,000 Checkup?

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Human Longevity Institute offers a $25,000 full-day full-body examination including genomic sequencing. It promises to uncover hidden health risks and enable potentially lifesaving interventions. The benefits, it says, are not just for you, but for society, as info is gathered about how our genome intersects with our health. The price is controversial, but co-founder Craig Venter is confident he's onto something big.   More

Security & Privacy

Wary of Insecure IoT, Hotels Reconsider Old-Fashioned Keys

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Today's Most-Techonomic-Article prize goes to the New York Times for this piece about a successful "ransomware" attack in January on a resort hotel in the Austrian Alps. A hacker infiltrated the hotel's network and succeeded in locking all the rooms, rendering keycards unusable. The owner relented and paid $1800. The DOJ estimates that such attacks happen 4,000 times a day in the U.S.   More