Cities Community Insights Transportation

Harnessing the Data Exhaust (from vehicles)

It may be another generation until driverless cars are the norm, but in the meantime we need data to train the software, as well as to assist in the development of new infrastructure and regulatory regimes. A vast amount of data is already accumulating from cars now on the road, and it dwarfs what's gathered in Google and Uber’s autonomous car projects.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights

Are we being replaced by machines? Not yet, but we’re working on it

In the 21st century brace yourself for algorithms made by algorithms. AI has suddenly become able to equal and soon to surpass homo sapiens in what we thought were unique human faculties that required consciousness: vision and language.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Fun and Games in Medication Adherence

People not taking the drugs they're prescribed is a serious problem – half of all patients with chronic diseases don’t take their medications properly. That leads to 125,000 deaths each year. But a new "gamified" approach allows people to earn points each time they take a medication, obtain a refill, or learn something new about their condition.   More

Techonomy Events

Gearing Up for Next Tuesday and Wednesday’s NYC Conferences

Just a few days until Techonomy Health next Tuesday May 16th and Techonomy NYC Wednesday May 17th. Among sessions at Health, we'll look at cancer, genomics, and a lot on wellness and community–the roots of genuine health. NYC tackles terrorism, Trump, corporate innovation, NY as a tech town, changing media, blockchain, and plenty more.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Internet of Things

Why Digital Tech Will Create More Jobs than it Destroys

Many worry that new digital tools, robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace entry-level and middle class jobs. I appreciate the concern, but I disagree. Just as electricity created vastly more jobs than it destroyed in the 20th century, the mobile internet will do the same in the 21st.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Harnessing the Power of Behavior Change

Changing behavior for greater health is not just a challenge for public health or psychology. We've got to get consumers more engaged in and proactive about their health. But we need more than just innovation. We need holistic solutions that keep the individual at the center.   More

Global Tech Healthcare

China’s Challenges in Healthcare Innovation

China produces relatively few breakthrough innovations in science, medicine, and healthcare technology. But China’s leaders understand that healthcare innovation is crucial for their nation’s continued rise, and massive new investments and policy reforms could soon transform healthcare R&D. In some fields such as precision medicine, it even may become a global leader.   More

Jobs

Robots Want Your Tasks, Not Your Jobs (or Why the Liberal Arts Still Matter)

It isn't that jobs are going away. Instead, they are inexorably changing as automation seeps deeper into society. We don't need to worry about the existence of jobs, but rather about people who don't cultivate thinking broadly and refine the soft skills that are unique to being human.   More

Government Science

Why I’m Marching for Science on Saturday

This weekend, people in over 500 cities around the world will join the first March for Science. I’ve been in life science for nearly 20 years and have never seen anything like this. Of course I’ve also never had such an urgent sense that it is necessary. From the medications you take to the synthetic fibers in your wrinkle-free clothes, science is already supporting you. Let’s return the favor.   More

Business Healthcare

Impressive Bipartisan Senate Action Promotes Online Healthcare

The Senate Finance Committee has moved legislation to finance telehealth services via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, reports Modern Healthcare. The fact that it was the powerful Finance Committee that took this action is all the more significant, and welcome. Could it portend ongoing support for digital health measures in Congress? It would be wonderful to think so...   More

Internet of Things

Wired Wineries: IoT Fine-Tunes Ancient Processes

Making wine has become as much science as art, and tech is playing an increasing role. Hahn Family Wines in California partners with Verizon to deploy sensors throughout their vineyards. The sensors collect data that is analyzed and used to increase output and improve flavor.   More

Government Healthcare

FDA Greenlights 23andMe and Opens New Era for Consumer DNA Info

It was a much-needed breakthrough when the FDA last week OK'd personal genomics company 23andMe selling genetic tests directly to consumers. In 2013 the agency had banned the startup from releasing disease-related information. Now we should finally see a consumer-driven marketplace for genomic data.   More

Techonomy Events

A User’s Manual to Techonomy Health and NYC in Mid-May

Techonomy's conferences about tech's impact are absurdly ambitious. But that's what makes them unique, useful, and fun. To understand what's happening because of tech in the world you need to discuss way more than the next iPhone or what's happening in the tech industry. We like to say every company is a tech company. Our Health and NYC events May 16th & 17th are for anyone who wants to understand where the world is heading and what it means for business.   More

Community Insights Transportation

Railways on Track for Digital Transformation

The internet of things (IoT) is beginning to transform railroads, despite the industry's longstanding conservatism. The amount of data trains generate is measured in “brontobytes” (millions of times more than a petabyte). It's full steam ahead on all fronts for analytics and increased efficiency. It will all make a real–if hard to notice–difference in our economy.   More

Cities Community Insights

Disrupting Concrete with Code

The construction industry is less productive than it was 60 years ago. Software and digital tools are either absent or extremely primitive. But new software could help this industry finally catch up to the rest of the economy. The mobile devices that are in every construction workers' hands should help them get their jobs done.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Rwanda’s New Medical School Reflects its Values and Aspirations

Rwanda has achieved some of the most dramatic gains in health and poverty-reduction in the world. This small, landlocked African country has developed a primary health-care system with near-universal access to clinical care and insurance. Techonomy Health speaker Agnes Binagwaho and the University of Global Health Equity are paving the way.   More

Analytics & Data Finance Security & Privacy

The Fin-ternet of Things: Connecting Everything Means Rethinking Money

The coming world of the Internet of Everything means driverless cars making per-minute toll payments, lightbulbs that pick an energy vendor, IP royalties paid by devices themselves in real time, and investment decisions made by robo-advisors. This more efficient world will mean changes for banks, investment, and the way all of us live.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence: Healthcare’s Next Big Opportunity

Healthcare innovation and investing goes through cycles, and this will be the year of healthcare artificial intelligence. AI will both increase access to medical care and and lower its cost, at a time when we're facing a growing shortage of U.S. doctors. Chatbots, or “symptom checkers,” are already being developed by digital health companies.   More

Healthcare

How Tech Will Propel Asia’s Insurance Explosion

Asia may be the insurance industry's biggest opportunity for growth. Many companies there are betting on new "insurtech" innovations. China's online-only insurer Zhong An is the world’s most well-funded such startup. Singapore, and Hong Kong have also become centers for tech targeting the region's vast and growing middle class.   More

Community Insights Global Tech The Internet

Fighting ISIS in the Cyber Age

While the world looks at ISIS as a military challenge, it is instead best considered a "militant brand," with its own powerful marketing agency. There is no grey-haired terrorist management leadership. Instead, over 500 social media experts recruit globally. Welcome to Terror 3.0.   More