Government Internet of Things Learning

Giant Texas School System Makes a Giant Internet Commitment


The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, with 114,000 students, is decidedly Texas-sized. But the district's latest project lives up to that grand scale: updating its entire digital network to bring 100G broadband internet access to every square inch of its classrooms and offices. Cypress-Fairbanks CTO Frankie Jackson is on the front line of an emerging challenge in education.   More

Analytics & Data Business Internet of Things

It Takes More Than a Machine to Know You: Assistance In An Instrumented World

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There’s a big gap between today's smart virtual assistants and the futuristic robot-butlers of fiction that anticipate our every need. For the foreseeable future, it will still take a human touch to understand how people assess value and solve problems creatively. Still, in the context of IoT, on-demand everything, and ubiquitous analytics, tech and humans are coming closer to jointly becoming “trusted advisors.”   More

Bio & Life Sciences Business Healthcare

Consumers to Health Insurers: Keep it Simple


The American healthcare markethas undergone a period of rapid change in recent years. Chief among these changes has been a general shift towards consumer choice, prompting the rollout of new tech products in a bid to entice customers. But a new study suggests the best way to win over consumers is to bring things back down to earth.   More

Cities Government Transportation

Parking ticket? There’s a Bot for That


A legal chatbot called DoNotPay helps users appeal parking tickets through a series of simple questions: Was the signage confusing? Were signs clearly visible? Was the parking bay large enough? It has already helped overturn 160,000 parking tickets in New York and London and has saved users over $2 million, but for its young creator, parking tickets are just the beginning.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Startup Culture

Funding, Coaching, and Data: StartUp Health Wants to Transform Healthcare

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Part incubator, part venture fund, part mentorship program, StartUp Health aims to create an ecosystem for digital health entrepreneurs. Backed by Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Jerry Levin, Esther Dyson, and GE Ventures, among others, five-year-old StartUp Health has 150 companies in its portfolio.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Global Tech

Nobel Laureates Tell Greenpeace to Ditch the GMO Conspiracies


On the list of misunderstood technology, genetically modified organisms might take the top spot. Now, more than 100 Nobel laureates have written an open letter asking the environmental group Greenpeace to reverse their stance on GMOs and promote potential breakthrough technologies like Vitamin A rich Golden Rice. Despite the pressure, Greenpeace remains skeptical.   More

Business Global Tech Government

Obama’s Big Start-up Seminar

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President Obama wants to encourage young entrepreneurs, and if he has to go out and lecture them himself, he’s willing to do it. Over the course of the two-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit last week, the president found time to share tips with young business owners on pitching their ideas. Plus, he talked with Mark Zuckerberg, and interviewed young entrepreneurs from Rwanda, Egypt, and Peru.   More

Global Tech Society

Reflections from Ross: On the Need to Capture


I had a quick visit to Bangkok recently for some family matters: A birth, a (40th) birthday, a wedding, a death…the full circle of life. So what do these four things have in common? Photos. Lots and lots of them. In Thailand there seems to be a constant need to be taking photos, posting them (mostly on Facebook) and sending them around. Will we have access to them in the future? How will VR change this behavior?   More

Government Society

Report from Europe: Brexit Vote Reflects Global Failure

Middle Eastern refugees in Greece in 2015. The Brexit vote stems largely from fears about such people ending up in the UK. Photo courtesy Shutterstock, copyright Anjo Kan

The shocking Brexit vote in the UK may be a landscape-altering moment that will shift how we have to view the world. At a top-level conference in Germany there was both near-despair and some hope. But nobody was sanguine, and the overarching issue of how to deal with a world increasingly awash with refugees loomed very large.   More

Business Government Jobs

As Race Heats Up, Clinton Talks Tech


Having fought off an ambitious Bernie Sanders and now preparing to enter a brutal fight with a fiery and unpredictable Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is taking a bit of a detour this week into the world of tech. She wants to forgive student debt for young entrepreneurs, bring broadband to every home in America, and defend net neutrality. Plus, Silicon Valley is starting to get on board.   More

Analytics & Data Business Society

Endless Questions on AI at a Techonomy Dinner

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How big an impact will artificial intelligence have on business and society? Should we fear it? What will it mean for jobs? At a recent Techonomy salon dinner discussion on AI, top leaders from Accenture, IBM, SAP, and Verizon, among others, gave some fascinating answers.   More

Arts & Culture Learning Manufacturing

Five Ways AR and VR Will Improve Our Current Reality


A flood of investments into the new tools of reality continues to fuel innovation. Virtual and augmented reality, from the original Google Glass to the latest Oculus Rift, has continually shaped the technology market,and will grow substantially in the coming years. AR and VR will impact the world around us in a number of interesting—and beneficial—ways. Here are five things to look forward to.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Global Tech Healthcare

The Superbugs are Coming. Data Science Can Help.

Thanks to miraculous advances in public health and medical science over the past century, we can prevent and treat many common microbial infections.Yet some in the health industry fear that may be changing. We misuse and overuse antimicrobial drugs on a massive scale, and the bad bugs are beginning to evolve new resistance mechanisms. Data science can play a central role in the fight against the looming global threat.   More

Global Tech Government Internet of Things

The Internet in China is Censored, Controlled, and Flourishing


Behind an ever-expanding protectionist wall – The Chinese state calls it the Golden Shield – nearly 700 million regularly use the internet to send chats, buy merchandise, order car services and more, sometimes on platforms more innovative than anything back in the U.S.. As Chinese citizens start to access the internet, China has ensured that the economic benefits do not leave its shores.   More

Business Finance

Faced With Impending Disruption, the Financial Ecosystem Must Change


The world is buzzing about fintech and the impending disruption in the banking industry. Smarter technology companies are attempting to give customers quality service and an experience that’s relevant to the world in which they live, and big banks are being left behind. The speed of innovation might surprise all of us.   More

Cities Internet of Things Techonomy Events

A Field Guide to Techonomy NYC


When organizing a conference, you never really know it’s going to work until it’s over. So we're pretty darn gratified that by all accounts, our first ever Techonomy NYC event was a rousing success. Tech is rocking along, changing things right and left, and here you could feel it happening. Here is what happened, with links to all the session videos, transcripts, and photos you want to see.   More

Energy & Green Tech Global Tech

Can Renewable Energy be Too Much of a Good Thing?


For years, Germany has been on the fast track for adopting renewable energy technology. Today, Germany leads the world in solar energy and has massively reduced its cabrbon emissions. Now, it faces an unlikely problem: the country has too much energy on its hands. As regulators jump to fix the problem, the hidden challenges of expanding renewable energy technology are coming to light.   More

Internet of Things Manufacturing

A Robot the Price of a Smartphone Could Bring Humanoids into the Household


The big dream of consumer robotics has always been the in-home robot. In movies and television, friendly robots help with daily chores, talk and interact with their owners, and generally become a part of the family. Now, a new robot from Taiwanese company Asus could make the family robot an affordable reality. It’s name is Zenbo – and at $599, it costs less than an iPhone 6S.   More

Analytics & Data Healthcare

Healthcare Needs a More Robust Feedback Loop


As collective knowledge is shared, consumers become empowered – and more demanding. That kind of health care marketplace will reward and punish using similar criteria as in other industries. With more shared data, patients get the power to choose better doctors, bringing competition to a part of the healthcare market that has long avoided it.   More

Global Tech Healthcare Techonomy Events

Data-Driven Healthcare: Can it Help All Countries?


Healthcare was a recurring theme of the Techonomy NYC conference in late May. In several sessions, the connection between an interconnected world and a healthier world emerged. Author Greene watched the conference from a hotel room in Singapore, and found both enlightening and disturbing connections to his own work on digital healthcare in emerging countries in Southeast Asia.   More