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What to Expect at Techonomy 2017

With Techonomy 2017 about to begin, Program Director Simone Ross surveys our panoply of topics and themes, from the "new hegemonist" net giants, to AI and jobs, AR & VR, the future of construction, the future of food, rising waters, global health and tech, etc. etc. We are ambitious, eclectic, and global-minded, and this year's conference displays it brightly, and proudly.   More

Analytics & Data

Is AI the Missing Link in Biometric Security?

Passwords are one of tech's biggest problems--too hard to remember and still insecure. Now that many of us use fingerprints to unlock a phone, why can't we use biometrics to replace passwords? Soon it should happen, once we deploy artificial intelligence alongside biometrics. It's still hard to know if the biometric data is from a real person and not a "spoof."   More

Opinion

We Should Rename “Artificial Intelligence” (A Modest Proposal)

"Artificial Intelligence" is phrase of the year, yet the term is widely called misleading. And it's ridiculed by industry CEOs. But what can we use instead? "Augmented intelligence"? "Intelligence amplification"? We have a proposal that points beyond flat-footed notions towards the positive future we still believe in.   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

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

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

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

Techonomy Events Video

Jonathan Usuka on AI for Health

No development in tech is more hyped and freighted with expectation than artificial intelligence. Every industry is poised for AI driven transformation, but none more than health. What should we expect? But since AI only really gets its “I” if the software gets access to gigantic data sets, where will the data come from, and who will control it? What role will tech companies play, compared to those traditionally focused on health? Will AI alter the industry balance of power?   More

Techonomy Events Video

The AI Breakfast Roundtable at Techonomy 2016

Our homes, industries, livelihood, toys, robots, and even our wars are being shaped by rapid advances in AI. How do we ensure that the resulting systems connect these advances equitably to the benefit not just of business, but also of society?   More

Analytics & Data Jobs Partner Insights

Artificial Intelligence May Change the Face of Business

Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. Accenture research suggests it could double economic growth rates in the U.S. and other developed countries. And while many believe AI will supplant humans, we think it will instead mostly enable people to do more exceptional work.   More

Analytics & Data Jobs

Scene from an Office, 2017: The A.I. Arrives

Dinesh could read a Bloomberg terminal like a radiologist reads an x-ray. He had learned the arcane tools that were supposed to assure his indispensability. Now it turns out he’d taught some damned machine to do his job better than he could. “WHAT THE F**K AM I GOING TO DO?!!” he shouted at the empty office.   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

Analytics & Data Community Insights Jobs

Inflated Expectations: Artificial Intelligence Still Depends on Humans

The media is latching onto AI as the next big technology trend. But the hype around AI has led to misguided expectations about what’s actually possible. While we are steadily making progress in various sorts of machine learning, the reality is that today’s AI solutions are still critically dependent on humans.   More

Analytics & Data Business Internet of Things

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

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

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

Analytics & Data Business Society

Endless Questions on AI at a Techonomy Dinner

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

Analytics & Data Business Jobs Society

Artificial Intelligence is Already Remaking Modern Businesses

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology heralds an opportunity and a challenge to business to harness new cognitive power. In an age of intelligent machines, effective executives must not only design organizations with the right metrics and interfaces between individuals and teams of people, but also between people and smart machines.   More

Analytics & Data Global Tech Society

Artificial Intelligence Catches Fire in Ethiopia

Ethiopian artificial intelligence R&D is on fire. The driver for this unexpected sector is the government’s massive multi-billion dollar, industrial plan and fervent development of higher education. At the hub is an AI group, iCog Labs, co-founded in 2012 by a young Ethiopian roboticist, Getnet Aseffa Gezaw, and an American AI pioneer, Ben Goertzel. With twenty five Ethiopian software engineers, iCog pursues full-on ‘Strong Intelligence.’   More

Jobs Society

Boon or Bane?: The Unknown Future of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is changing the nature of everything from jobs and the economy, to warfare, communications, privacy, and ethics. But its long-term impact remains to be seen. Will A.I. lead to a better, brighter future, or move us toward disaster? “Like every powerful technology, A.I. is potentially dangerous,” said Facebook's well-regarded A.I. Research Director Yann LeCun, speaking at a Data Driven NYC event on Tuesday.   More