Bio & Life Sciences

Contradictions Abound in Public Opinions about Genetics

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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?

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

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

Government Opinion Society

Reflections from Ross: How Rough Will it Get?

On the Saturday after the inauguration I saw a ray of light. Was the Women’s March the start of a new movement or the evolution of existing, long-standing movements? I have no idea, but our social fabric is being ripped apart. So now what? We need to get better at listening to those removed from our bubbles. We need to figure out how to ensure the benefits of tech and globalization are more evenly distributed. We need to participate.   More

Opinion The Internet

Your Newsfeed is not “The Internet”

We now have “fake” fake news and “real” fake news… and as of this weekend, “alternative facts.” The World Wide Web of today no longer exhibits the youthful innocence that it once did. Facebook and Twitter are not responsible for sheltering you from false information. You are.   More

Analytics & Data Society

Can We Balance Human Ethics With Artificial Intelligence?

Who determines the values behind artificial intelligence? Complicated decisions, even life and death ones, will soon be made by software. This groundbreaking article explores the complex choices facing society, business, and technologists. “We should not let Silicon Valley be the mission control for humanity,” argues one futurist.   More

Security & Privacy Society Video

How AI and The Blockchain can Build Trust

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Accenture and Techonomy speaker Paul Daugherty shares his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence and the Blockchain during the World Economic Forum. Plus, a panel discussion on AI's impact on society hosted by David Kirkpatrick.   More

Community Insights Jobs Society

Why an Improving Economy Doesn’t Make People Feel Secure

The 2016 election ignited rich debate about America's economic health. Some great new sources of real data help explain why American families worry about their financial health even as unemployment continues to drop and wage and GDP growth are rising.   More

Healthcare

Americans Want Government Healthcare, But They’re Afraid to Say So

What do Americans want in healthcare reform? Lower costs. The best way to get there isn’t through insurance companies—and may very well be through government-sponsored programs like Medicare. If we continue to treat this topic as taboo, we may never find a better solution to the healthcare crisis.   More

Managing Security & Privacy

Why Blockchains are For Every Company

The advent of the blockchain is much like the arrival of the Web. It will disrupt technology, society and business. What is today in a database will tomorrow be in a blockchain. Leaders who want to take advantage of this breakthrough need to understand several key points.   More

Global Tech Managing Society

More Companies Think Techonomically at CES

More "non-tech" companies than ever were at this year's CES conference in Las Vegas. The winners in the evolving digital and technologized economy will be those leaders who think most broadly. As the ever-curious Elon Musk has long understood, "Learning across multiple fields provides an information advantage (and therefore an innovation advantage) because most people focus on just one field."   More

Government Opinion Society

The Short-Term Triumph of Short-Termism

Technology is rapidly changing every sector of the economy, as well as the nature of warfare. President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to get it. But if you lack a sense of the role of tech, you will only be operating for the short-term.   More

E-Commerce

Amazon IS Santa Claus

The decades-long process of Amazon taking over consumer product sales continues this holiday season with the company's dominance achieving daunting levels. The online retailer expects its peak shipments volume this year to be 10% greater than last year. In New York City, the superintendents in apartment buildings have been struggling this season to contain the huge mounds of online-ordered boxes.   More

E-Commerce

Cutting the Cords for the Holidays

Advancements in connectivity and batteries have enabled new products that offer great convenience and freedom. We tested devices that leverage rapid advancements in wireless technology-including headphones, flying cameras, and devices to keep tabs on your kids or your home.   More