Finance Government

India Tackles Corruption with Currency Chaos

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interrupted most evening news in his country last Tuesday to announce that in just three hours, the Indian government would bar the use of 85% of its existing currency. This dramatic announcement comes as India seeks to root out untaxed “black money."   More

Business Society Techonomy Events

Facebook Influenced Election? Crazy Idea, Says Zuckerberg

Dismissing the idea that fake stories in Facebook's News Feed influenced the outcome of the U.S. election, Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at Techonomy16, grabbed global headlines and no breaks from tech reporters. It was by no means the only thing he discussed, but it got all the coverage.   More

Techonomy Events Video

Techonomy 2016

Tune in to Techonomy 2016, LIVE from the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.   More

Healthcare Internet of Things Partner Insights

Unlocking Healthcare’s Data

We need technology to bring new solutions to global healthcare. And the potential of the Internet of Things is just beginning. Computing power, miniaturization, mobile, big data, the cloud, and social networks are driving this critical trend. Almost two in five are projected to use wearable monitoring devices by 2019. The resulting data can make the world dramatically healthier.   More

Techonomy Events

Techonomy 2016: A Chat with Zuckerberg, and Much More

Mark Zuckerberg is just the most prominent of a proudly diverse and eminent group of speakers at Techonomy 2016 Nov. 9-11. We'll also hear from Ray Kurzweil, Prelude Fertility's Martin Varsavsky, Intel's Murthy Renduchintala, Fitbit CEO James Park, Blackberry CEO John Chen, NextEV USA CEO Padmasree Warrior, U.S. CIO Tony Scott, and plenty more.   More

Community Insights Government

Tech Challenges for the Next U.S. President: Techonomy’s Community Weighs In

Techonomy asked people coming to the Techonomy conference: What is the most important tech-related issue the incoming administration should tackle? The answers were diverse, but many focused on the challenges of cyber security and immigration.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

The Three-Parent Baby Is Not as Weird as You Think

People may have a "yuck response" when they hear about this new experimental technique for creating healthy babies. But it isn't as huge a leap from what we're used to as most reports would suggest, as Techonomy's genomics expert explains. Like a top medical source she quotes here, Salisbury will be continuing this conversation at Techonomy 2016 on November 10.   More

Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Two weeks until Techonomy 2016!

With two weeks until Techonomy 2016, Nov. 9-11, there is lots of fine tuning underway here. The big news this week is that Mark Zuckerberg will join us. But that is just one component of a three day program with a great roster of cross-industry and multi-disciplinary speakers from around the world. The program features 78 speakers (40% women) talking about everything from the implications of the election (How can we not?) to Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, planetary-scale computation, the modernization of currency and the impact of gene modification on…well, everything.   More

Business Community Insights

The Corporation as Technology

We think of technology as using computer science, biology or chemistry. But what if we consider the corporation itself as a kind of technology? It's possible to see the corporation as a technology for organizing labor, resources and capital towards the creation of economic and social value. So what defines a techonomic company?   More

Cities Transportation

Happy Trails: An Inexpensive Way to Revive American Suburbs

As people move more and more to cities, suburban America is in need of a facelift. City living is attractive to young people because they are aware of their energy consumption, they like the action there, and the cost of car and home ownership is often out of reach. Suburban areas across the country are utilizing new trail systems to connect communities, making them more bikeable, pedestrian friendly and green.   More

Government Techonomy Events

Clinton, Trump, and the World’s Choices

The world is at a turning point and we have to choose. It is astonishing and daunting how fully Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump symbolize the choice the world faces. Watching their debate last week underscored for me not just how different the two of them are, but how different are the possible futures that confront the world.   More

Internet of Things Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: On Techonomy 2016 (of course)

We’re 6 weeks out from our annual Techonomy conference. It starts the day after the election, so we’ll talk intensely about what the outcome means for business, the tech industry, and tech as a tool. Much content this year relates to the continuing march of the Internet of Things. And we'll tackle longer-term questions like whether, once AI intersects with the IoT, this ultimately leads to a sentient cyber ecosystem that intuits and responds to our every move. We'll also talk about cities, shipping, and social media. It's the conference for people who want to understand tech deeply so they can be more effective.   More

Government

The House Science and Tech Committee Disregards Both

The U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee is a joke, but not a funny one. It spends much time on witch hunts against climate scientists, because climate change denial is its chairman's passion. The ranking member of the committee's Democratic minority calls it "mean-spirited and meaningless." Rather than helping, it actively harms our nation's ability to develop policy for science, tech, and innovation.   More

Government

To the Next Administration: Use Tech to Implement Every Program

We asked attendees at the upcoming Techonomy 2016 conference "What is the most important tech-related issue the incoming administration should tackle?" Tech leader and publisher Tim O'Reilly responded that the biggest challenge will be bringing a tech-centric approach to everything government does.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Ethical Issues Abound with Fast-Growing Prenatal Genetic Testing

In the last few years, the standard tests for fetal abnormalities have been largely replaced with new genetic tests. Since they launched, traditional procedures that confer a small risk of miscarriage have dropped by about 70 percent. Now we face a big ethical issue: these tests reveal much more about future diseases than those they replaced. What information should parents know, and what can and should they do about it?   More

Internet of Things Society Techonomy Events

Our Weird Possible Data-Centric Futures: Listen as We Plan Techonomy 2016

Listen in to Techonomy's program planners as they discuss some big issues we're building sessions around for the Techonomy 2016 conference, November 9-11 in California. This year we’ve honed in on the reality that the world is entering a completely new era, as data-gathering of all sorts accumulates across global society. How will society determine who gets to control and utilize data about people? How much will people get access to data about themselves and their communities? What relative powers over data will companies, governments, and individuals have?   More

Analytics & Data Government

This Company’s Business is Opening Up Government Data

Boston and Barcelona, Spain have something in common with Yelp and Zillow–they’re taking advantage of open data. Along with all the ways it’s reshaping business, opening up data to the use of outsiders is beginning also to reshape how city, state, and federal agencies work. Socrata, a privately-held government-data platform provider based in Seattle, is making a business out of facilitating this trend.   More

Government Healthcare

Data Sharing: Key Challenge for Cancer Moonshot (& American Health)

If we're going to make progress in healthcare, we need to connect up the data. A report for the national Cancer Moonshot initiative highlights the massive problem disconnected databases have become in the fight against cancer. But this problem isn't limited to cancer. The well-intentioned HIPAA act of 1996, for example, included strict privacy controls that have turned into a problem for medical research generally.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

New Study: Meditation Literally Changes our Genes

People who practice meditation know it resets the mind and body, and there have been claims about its healing powers for centuries. Now scientific evidence backs them up. Researchers recently found that meditation does more than just relieve stress. It can literally change our DNA.   More

Business Finance

Why the Finance Industry is Ripe for AI Disruption

The financial sector is on the brink of an AI revolution. Data is being generated faster than any person or companies’ ability to analyze it. And industries that run on numbers and data are at risk of being overwhelmed. But this new AI platform can create simple narratives and actionable analyses.   More