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Techonomy 2015: Human Values in An Age of Tech

The transition to a technologized and interconnected society is challenging for everyone, everywhere. As we gain new efficiencies and capabilities, we still need to keep amity and constructive human interaction as our supreme priority. But it's not easy. That's why we call the upcoming Techonomy 2015 conference "Re-Humanizing Society." The opening session on Sunday November 8 is "Human Values in a Technologized Age." Joining the conversation in Half Moon Bay, California: Benioff, Chambers, Lanier, Parker, Prabhakar, and Pritzker.   More

Business Techonomy Events

Jaron Lanier on Why Wealth Concentration Among the Few Is Unsustainable

Technologist and author Jaron Lanier wants to reframe the debate about income inequality, starting with semantics. He takes exception to the notion that income equality would ever be a good thing. “To really make incomes equal, there would have to be some sort of force that would pound people down and say, We will all be equal!” said Lanier during a talk at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Rather, Lanier sees inequality as an inherent dimension of a market economy, noting that “any world of freedom is going to create variation of outcomes.” The problem, however, lies in how these outcomes are spread across society.   More

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Jaron Lanier Says Transparency Is the Path to a Sustainable Techonomy

“Automation should not be an enemy of employment. It never was before. The only difference between now and the past is that now we’re pretending that people who do the real work are actually not,” said Jaron Lanier, explaining why he is concerned that the current high-tech economy is not on a sustainable path. In a talk at Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay last week, the author, virtual reality guru, and tech consultant advocated for building a democratic and sustainable technologized economy.   More

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Who Owns the Future?

Why didn’t the rise of network technologies bring great wealth to the world in the last decade? Instead of experiencing excellent financial health because of the efficiencies of digital technologies, those efficiencies are having the effect of concentrating wealth while reducing overall growth. How can we better apply these powerful tools to promote greater balance, clarity, focus and genuine human connection? Technologist and author Jaron Lanier tackles some big-picture questions about the present and future role of tech in society at the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

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The Techonomy 2014 Conference Looms–And We’re Ready

In a couple weeks our Techonomy conference continues the dialogue we began in 2010 on how tech transforms business and society. We've moved from Arizona to a beautiful cliffside location at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. It will be our best ever.   More

Business

Jaron Lanier on Facebook and the Creepy Possibilities for Virtual Reality

When Facebook announced last week that it had agreed to acquire Oculus VR, “the leader in virtual reality technology,” for $2 billion, techies and journalists everywhere wondered: What does Jaron Lanier think of this? Lanier, the dreadlocked futurist now working at Microsoft Research, was a virtual reality pioneer—he coined the term. More recently, he’s been a prolific critic of so-called Web 2.0 companies like Google and Facebook, bucking very publicly against their business models in books like "Who Owns the Future?" The Fiscal Times spoke with Lanier this week to get more of his thoughts about the deal, Mark Zuckerberg’s vision, and the future of virtual reality. Among his insights: “The biggest variable as to how creepy Facebook will be in the future is whether Zuck has kids or not.”   More

Finance Techonomy Events

Why Disruptive Change Points to a New Humanism in Banking

Value is being redefined, and many are rethinking what constitutes real wealth and well-being, beyond money and GDP. We have to rethink how we measure wealth. Robert Kennedy said: “GDP measures everything ... except that which makes life worthwhile." Happiness indicators like Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness, the OECD’s Better Life Index, and the UK’s Happy Planet Index are already helping the world define well-being and wealth beyond money.   More