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Making Sense of a Changing China

As China’s influence expands, how will it influence global innovation? Robert D. Hormats of the U.S. Department of State, Zachary Karabell of River Twice Research, and Gary Rieschel of Qiming Venture Partners discuss the role of China in a technologized age at the Techonomy 2012 conference in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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180° Shift: Geek-Powered Cancer Research

David Haussler, Director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, speaks about cancer research at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy

Arun Sundararajan, professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Stern School of Business, speaks at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.   More

Startup Culture

What We’ve Learned at PARC About the Business of Innovation

The business of open innovation is something PARC has been continually refining since we incorporated in 2002. Mastering the process of innovation is about far more than developing new technology; it requires a deep understanding of human behavior and context, and the ability to invent new business models to take the resulting products and services to market. We've found common themes. Three of them illustrate how we’ve been innovating at PARC over the past decade.   More

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The Internet’s Fantastic Four

It’s an epic battle for control of the Net, and even of commerce and communications. We’ve never before seen the like of any of these companies: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Together, they form a gauntlet preventing others from joining their ranks, even as they turn their sights more and more on one another. How should we think about this formidable four? Alec Ellison of Jefferies, Nielsen's Steve Hasker, and Internet analyst Mark Mahaney join moderator Eric Savitz of Forbes Magazine to discuss in this session at Techonomy 2012.   More

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Richard Thompson in Conversation and Performance

Noted for his “guitar technique and strange, darkly-funny lyrics,” as Wikipedia puts it, Richard Thompson has received a lifetime achievement award from BBC and the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth. Here he performs and talks about his craft with Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick at the Techonomy 2012 conference in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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The Human Face of Big Data

Rick Smolan, a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, is best known as the co-creator of the “Day in the Life” book series. Today Smolan is the CEO of Against All Odds Productions, which orchestrates global photography projects that combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. In this talk at Techonomy 2012, he shares some of the real-time visualizations of data collected by satellites and by billions of sensors, RFID tags, and GPS-enabled cameras and smartphones around the world, which he believes enable humanity to sense, measure, understand, and affect aspects of existence in ways our ancestors could never have imagined.   More

Techonomy 12 Business Techonomy Tucson Video

Corporate Shape-Shifting and Tech-Based Transformation

Today, established big businesses are rebranding themselves “technology” companies, as they integrate new tools deeply into longstanding enterprises. Separately, leaders of tech are reimagining themselves into more and more industries. As every company becomes technologized, are we talking about a redefinition of industry itself? What is a technology company? In this session from Techonomy 2012, John Donovan of AT&T, Dell’s Steve Felice, and Sandra Kurtzig of Kenandy weigh in, with Matthew Bishop of The Economist moderating.   More

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The End of Offline

Our lives are increasingly, constantly intertwined with the network. As our connected world evolves, a new online ecosystem emerges, enabling new levels of awareness, insight, and action. What will a world of 7 billion connected people look like? More united or divided? What happens to the shape of our companies, countries and communities? Techonomy 2012 tackled these questions in its opening session, "The End of Offline," featuring Harvard's Susan Athey, Douglas L. Gilstrap of Ericsson, Robert D. Hormats of the U.S. Department of State, and David Sze of Greylock Partners. The discussion was moderated by Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick.   More

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Humanity Enhanced: A Conversation with Ray Kurzweil

Author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil talks with Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick at the Techonomy 2012 conference in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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Let’s Get Started!

David Kirkpatrick welcomes Techonomists to the 2012 conference.   More

Life Science

How Graphene Could Transform DNA Sequencing and Cancer Research

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In 2004, two UK scientists used a piece of Scotch tape to isolate single layers of graphene from a block of graphite, or pencil lead. Ever since, physicists and materials scientists have been trying to take advantage of the nanomaterial’s unique properties to use it in the construction of transistors, capacitors, and solar cells. The UK researchers, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work, which extended well beyond the tape trick of course. In recent years, graphene has come to the attention of biomedical researchers, who think its malleability makes it ideal for biological applications, ranging from disinfecting hospitals to detecting tumors to delivering drugs to sequencing DNA.   More

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The Forest for the Trees: The Meanings of Data

This session from Techonomy 2012 looks at how technology allows for rapid insights into huge swaths of data, and what this means for business and society. Appearing as speakers are Qliktech’s Lars Björk, Factual’s Gil Elbaz, Vivek Ranadivé of TIBCO Software Inc., and Rick Smolan of Against All Odds Productions. Justin Fox of the Harvard Business Review moderates.   More

Digital Jobs Opinion

How Technology Has Failed Remote Workers


A 94-second Walter Cronkite video from 1967 has been making its way around Facebook and Twitter. Cronkite stands by a desk bristling with a half-dozen computer-ish devices and talks about the “home office of the twenty-first century.” We’ll be connected by video. It will almost match being in the office. “We may not have to go to work—work will come to us,” the newsman tells us. Well—here we are, still waiting. The home office experience doesn’t replicate the actual office experience. Like flying cars and refrigerators that order more milk on their own, the technology has so far failed to meet the vision.   More


Unconstrained and Undisciplined: A New Breed of Disruptors Accelerates Market Transformation

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Clayton Christensen's model of business disruption posits that new players can topple industry giants by attacking the low end of a market and building towards competitiveness at the higher margin. But this once-groundbreaking model may already be obsolete. In a recent Harvard Business Review report, Larry Downes and Paul F. Nunes argue that the pace of disruption is happening much faster these days, requiring industry leaders to take more radical precautionary measures. They cite as an example the GPS equipment market, which was upended by smartphone apps before manufacturers had a chance to adapt, with Garmin losing 70% of its market capitalization in the two years after navigation apps were introduced.   More

E-Commerce Global Tech Opinion

Regulation Could Mean E-Commerce Slowdown in China

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China's unruly e-commerce sector could be set for some big changes in the year ahead, with executives from both inside and outside the industry calling for moves to bring order to an unruly space that has been plagued by cutthroat competition. Perhaps most significantly, a top executive from the traditional retailing sector is calling for e-commerce firms to pay more taxes, a move that could make online purchasing more expensive and less attractive to cost-conscious consumers. Other executives are calling for tighter regulation of the sector, which has evolved into a free-for-all due too much investment and lack of government oversight.   More


BlackBerry’s New Software Does More Than You Think

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What do nuclear power plants, aircraft carriers, and the new Blackberry 10 have in common? They all run on a software platform developed by a little known company from Ottawa, Canada, called QNX. In fact, Blackberry (Research in Motion at the time) bought the company back in 2010 as they looked at how to create a larger ecosystem of interconnected devices powered by a single scalable platform. QNX claims to be more stable than Linux and Windows, and is ideal for running mission critical applications with little to no maintenance. So reliable and stable that over 11 million automobiles shipped in 2011 using the QNX platform to power safety systems, telematics, and entertainment. With customers including Audi, Cisco, Honeywell, Hyundai, General Electric, GM, and Samsung, we have all been impacted by QNX and didn’t even know it.   More

Government Life Science

How the FDA’s Best Intentions Are Slowing the Genomics Revolution

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Even as life-science companies pound out DNA sequencing improvements fast enough to make the computing industry look downright sedentary, the industry has been hindered in implementing its many advances so they can help patients in clinical settings. One major cause is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has asserted it will regulate these next-generation sequencing tools—but has not yet decided what will be regulated, how evaluations will take place, or when this oversight might kick in. With widespread uncertainty about the regulatory environment, companies developing genomic products for clinical use have been in limbo, and the venture capitalists who haven’t fled the space are tightening their belts.   More

Life Science

Online Gamers Could Play Their Way to Breakthrough Science

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Can untrained gamers help solve tough scientific puzzles? Some scientists and researchers are starting to think so. In fact, there are problems that professional scientists admit they are helpless to solve without the help of the "crowd." EyeWire is a game designed by a team at MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department to help chart nerve connections in the brain. "We need an army of people to go out and explore that jungle," said neuroscientist Sebastian Seung, the team's leader, in an NPR report. "Why not engage the public? It's a great adventure. What could be more exciting than exploring the brain? [It's] much more exciting than any artificial video game." About 35,000 players have already registered at to look at images of neurons in the eye and figure out how they're connected.   More

Life Science

Startup’s Data Helps Women Succeed With In Vitro Fertilization

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In vitro fertilization (IVF), a last recourse for women who want to get pregnant, is expensive, and its outcome is uncertain. Now a Silicon Valley data-mining startup is significantly improving predictions about whether a woman's IVF will succeed. Reproductive health scientist Dr. Mylene Yao and Stanford statistics professor Wing Wong, founders of Univfy, compare detailed personal health information with large data sets taken from past efforts with thousands of women to predict the likely results of IVF treatment. It’s easy to see why it might be in demand.   More