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What’s Techonomic Now?

The news is techonomic: Equifax attack exposes data of nearly half of all Americans; Amazon price drops at Whole Foods decimate grocery stocks; Apple Watch used by Red Sox for cheating; Facebook harbored Russian fake news. Tech is altering business and society, which is why Techonomy 2017 in November is aimed explicitly at helping attendees understand how to cope and thrive amidst the digital chaos.   More

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Is Inequality an Unavoidable Consequence of Innovation?

The economics of innovation and its impact on society was the theme of the annual economists' pow-wow in Toronto last weekend, the Institute for New Economic Thinking conference. And there was no presumption that it is, on the whole, a plus. Authoritative speakers at the three-day conference included former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and James Heckman, former co-CEO of Research In Motion Jim Balsillie, and Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane. But the event's opening keynote featured a panel of experts who explored the duality inherent in innovations that create new inventions, products, sources of demand, and markets while simultaneously imposing job losses and "significant distributional consequences for society."   More