Learning Society Techonomy Events

If Kids Were Bonds They’d be the Backbone of the World Economy

Meta Learning takes a bigger-picture view of what kids really need. If we focused more on it our entire society might be transformed.

If investment into a child’s education accrued interest like a monetary bond, the payouts would be beyond any known interest rate. We know what works; our problem is that we don’t implement the findings. The research is filled with examples of impactful interventions, ranging from stress reduction to reading promotion to mindset and grit, or tenacity, development. We refer to these as meta-learning. It can significantly affect life-outcomes such as general cognitive ability, socioemotional competency, creativity, and curiosity.   More

Finance Partner Insights Startup Culture

Financial Startups: Solid Investments that Improve Life in Emerging Markets

A kiosk for Zoona, an Zambian mobile money system that helps entrepreneurs and ordinary people transfer money.

Financial technology startups promise to dramatically lower costs and make financial services more accessible to people who are not reached by traditional financial services today, especially (but not only) in emerging markets. And serving these populations can be profitable. Omidyar Network, where I work, has invested in numerous other fintech companies. But for us, this is more than the latest trend for investors seeking big multiples.   More

5G Business

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg on the Next Phase in Wireless–5G

What comes after so-called 4G wireless, today’s highest-bandwidth systems (sometimes called LTE)? Even though only a small portion of smartphone users in a few countries so far have 4G, Ericsson, one of the telecoms industry’s leading tech providers, is already deep into planning the next phase. These 5G systems will differ dramatically from those today, […]   More

Society Techonomy Events

Technology, Power and Social Justice

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Technology has become so pervasive and powerful that we cannot ignore the way it shapes our communal life. Therefore, in addition to being concerned about the rights and protections due individuals, we need to look seriously at issues of justice and other civic virtues. To be human is to exist in a rich web of relationships, not just one-to-one, but organized into increasingly complex social structures.   More

Global Tech Opinion Society

Reflections on Clinton Global Initiative: Changing How We See the World

The Clinton Global Initiative in September tackled a wide range of issues with a heavy gloss of celebrity–but it worked, says author Ermacora (who also took this photo).

The Clinton Global Initiative has become a sort of Davos-on-US-soil, distinguishing itself with a focus on action and innovation for both international and American development. There's a heavy emphasis on peace processes and democracy, as well as on infrastructures of healthcare, education, energy and aid for those in need. The event is a wildly elaborate production, yet it conveys a sense of intimacy and care thanks to former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea. Technology was everywhere, including a movie shot with virtual reality techniques.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

How Anybody Can Help Advance Genomic Medicine Now

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment helped lead to new ways to protect subjects of scientific studies. Now those controls may be outdated. (Here a researcher draws blood from a subject.) (Photo copyright National Archives and Records Admin.)

Genomic medicine is on the horizon, and is likely to change healthcare. But there’s no shortage of challenges: regulations, data-sharing limits, funding, and lack of research participants, to name a few. But the biggest obstacle, surprisingly, is what's called "informed consent." That's what people need to agree to if they are to participate in research. And right now, each of us has a unique chance to minimize this obstacle by speaking out for a change.   More

Business Video

When Everything Gets Connected, How Does it Transform the System?

Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, which makes much of the world’s wireless infrastructure, sees an even more connected world in our future. In this short excerpt of a conversation with Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick, he explains that as more and more of our devices are online and interacting, and as mobile broadband dovetails with cloud services, […]   More

Cities Energy & Green Tech Internet of Things

Before Going Too Jetson, Self-Driving Car Companies Should Ask Two Key Questions

Google's autonomous car project got the industry going, but just about every automaker now is getting in on the act. (photo courtesy Shutterstock)

We are once again in the midst of buzz and hype with regard to an innovative mode of transportation–the self-driving car. To Tesla and Google, Mercedes-Benz and Apple, Nissan and Audi and the myriad other companies looking to get us to take our hands off the wheel, I offer up this yellow light of branding caution: Don’t let your own excitement short-change your assessment of how it will really play in the market.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Society

The Politics Behind Parkinson’s Research

Monkeys with symptoms of Parkinson's disease recreated a dense network of neural pathways after treatment with a type of non-embryonic stem cells. (photo courtesy International Stem Cell Corp.)

Planned Parenthood’s problem with anti‐abortionists may have an unintended victim: research into Parkinson’s Disease. Much stem cell research has nothing to do with aborted fetuses. But the lack of clarity and public understanding about the term has meant that research involving all stem cells – embryonic or fetal – is jeopardized. The irony is that tremendous advances have been made in the research on Parkinson’s in the United States and abroad, especially Japan. But so much more is possible.   More

Business Finance

VMware Tracking Stock Will Require Dell to Report Results

Michael Dell is a happy guy, even though he may have to report a few more numbers.

Amidst all the brouhaha over Dell’s $67 billion bid for EMC, one unremarked fact is that Dell will have to again begin reporting financial results to the SEC. Michael Dell happily rid himself of that onerous task almost two years ago. But this is a different and more energized Dell than the business that went private in 2013. Dell has managed to retain his operating scope and freedom of action, even as he leverages up the company with his name on the door.   More

Media & Marketing

Fashion Forward: Technology Makes Headway at Met Gala

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Yes we are in the digital age and fashion hasn’t been excluded from this shift. With Apple watches, Google glasses, Fitbits, and all sorts of other wearables of dubious fashionability, along with new digital printing technologies and an overarching awareness that the world is changing, the show and gala are likely to be wild.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Society

Meeting My Genome: This Expensive Test Still Isn’t for Everyone

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Earlier this year, I moderated a panel discussion at Techonomy Bio and asked speakers whether genome sequencing was ready for the average consumer. Their responses were split. Having now just gotten my own genome sequenced, I can say definitively: yes it’s ready, and no it isn’t.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things

Remote Monitoring Lowers Health Costs, Improves Outcomes

Connected Care Network

Smarter telemedicine can help healthcare providers deliver better outcomes to patients at lower cost with less intervention, and using fewer case managers. Qualcomm Life is a new division of the chip company that creates smart cloud-based healthcare systems based on devices around the home. Like Intel’s investing in drones and Apple’s moving into cars, it is part of a larger trend in which traditional tech companies are branching out to new and adjacent areas as core markets mature.   More

Jobs Learning Partner Insights

How Tech Can Help Remake the American Job Market

The skills gap session at Techonomy Detroit. From left are moderator Martha Laboissiere of McKinsey & Co., Matt Anchin of Monster, author Wan-Lae Cheng, and Charlene Li of Altimeter.

Too many Americans face an uncertain economic future. The question is whether they will have the skills to maintain a career. Our economy is changing, but our labor markets and our institutions are not keeping pace. Now the Markle Foundation has partnered with employers and leaders in Colorado and Phoenix to build Rework America Connected, an innovative effort to reinforce and expand existing workforce development strategies.   More

Cities Society Techonomy Events

Program Director Ross Reflects on Detroit

Tiana Epps-Johson presents at Techonomy Detroit 2015 on "Civic Engagement & The New Digital Divide"

Highlights of Techonomy Detroit: CEO Mark Bertolini of Aetna on community based healthcare, inequality and the responsibility of CEOs. He dresses like a rock star and among CEOs, he is one. Talks ranged widely over tech and what it can do in places like Detroit. But local activist Lauren Hood reminded us "What's missing is that the people most impacted by this technology are not in the room, and that model gets replicated on any problem we have."   More

Manufacturing Startup Culture Techonomy Events

From Techonomy Detroit: In Manufacturing, Speed Trumps Scale

The "Scale Means Nothing" panel at Techonomy Detroit 2015: (l to r) Michael Chui, Mike Whitens, Mark Hatch, Jerry Foster, Raj Batra.

A tech trifecta is transforming manufacturing: Cloud connectivity, cheaper, computing, and easily-shared digital information. When speed-to-market is valued over all else, businesses that best utilize these tools for R&D, production, and delivery will win. The new synergies are transforming one-man manufacturing startups as much as giants like Ford.   More

Arts & Culture Society

Mad Max with Flowers and Margaritas: How Burning Man Points to the Future

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Burning Man is a serious thing. It is obviously a ludicrous stupor-inducing steam-punk fashion gala appealing to the lesser instincts. But it is also a full-blown futures laboratory. Don’t underestimate what we can learn from ourselves in this outlandish context. Burning together, we may rise more humane.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Finance Startup Culture

How Crowdsourcing Can Help Fund Science

A project on science crowd funding site Experiment.

This morning, I helped analyze fish scales to better track migration patterns, by giving the scientists some cash. Crowdfunding has made a difference in all sorts of initiatives, so it’s no surprise to see it pop up in science. Experiment was built by scientists who believe alternative funding could fill a key gap in research.   More

Business Finance Security & Privacy

Attacked by Cyber Criminals? There’s Insurance For That

Insurance is emerging to protect against cyber crime, but the industry remains immature (as do company attitudes about protecting themselves).

Few threats are more on the minds of business leaders than cyber attacks and data breaches. Companies that have been attacked range from Barnes & Noble to Home Depot to J.P. Morgan to Staples, Sony and Target. Now a variety of big insurers have created policies and services to cover this new set of threats.   More