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Business Techonomy Events

The Limits of the Virtual: Why Stores and Conferences Won’t Go Away

Last week we attended the Singularity Summit. During this two day celebration of all things technologically progressive, we enjoyed the summit’s signature cocktail of research, futurism, and metaphysics. Speakers speculated on topics ranging from virtual realities, cybernetics, and what post-carbon life would be like for mankind. As we listened, we were struck that even for this group of ardent technology enthusiasts, there was an excitement and energy that came from gathering in a single room and meeting face to face.   More

Techonomy Events

Here Comes the Techonomy Conference

This weekend at Techonomy 2012, we gather near Tucson to try to make sense of the explosion of data, the empowerment of the planet by mobile devices, how companies and governments must reorganize themselves, the insurgent influence of robots, and the growing global power of a few key American Internet companies. And that's just all I could fit into the first sentence.   More

Techonomy Events

Techonomy Needs Your Input: What Makes a Company Techonomic?

As our annual conference approaches in Tucson, Techonomy Media seeks to broaden its scope and impact. We want to further highlight the opportunities and challenges for business in a world being transformed by technology. We need your help as we crowdsource an important brainstorming exercise. We want to figure out more exactly what characteristics make a company tech-savvy, forward-looking, and resilient. We see every industry's dynamics being turned upside down by the Internet, by empowered consumers, by data, and by entrepreneurial insurgents. We say every company ought to be a technology company, and like to talk about "techonomic" companies, but what exactly do you think that means? What is a techonomic company?   More

Business Techonomy Events

Six Ways Organizations Can Survive Until 2100

I am a Techonomist, and this year will be attending my third Techonomy conference. Techonomy explores "the role of technology in business and social progress." I love the word “progress.” It has that gentle flavor of positivism; in the direction of better. I am more and more convinced that we don’t need innovation; we need progress. How is progress reflected in a modern company? What does a 21st century company look like? Or maybe we should start thinking about what a 22nd century company would look like.   More

Manufacturing

Shapeways to Open Factory of the Future in Long Island City

The 3D printing company Shapeways today cut the ribbon on its new manufacturing facility in New York's Long Island City, a ceremony attended by Mayor Bloomberg and Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adam. The 25,000 square foot "Factory of the Future" is set to go into operation in January 2013 and will house 30 to 50 high definition, industrial sized printers, according to the company's website.   More

Business Manufacturing

We Built That: Will the Quirky Model Be Replicated?

At Techonomy we've heard tons of buzz about social product development company Quirky since our Techonomy Detroit conference, where company founder Ben Kaufman gave a high-spirited, enthusiastically received talk just weeks after finalizing a $68 million round of VC funding. But some wonder about the likelihood that other companies could easily copy the Quirky model.   More

Business

The Detroit News Gets Behind the Techonomy Detroit Idea

Columnist Daniel Howes today explains as only a savvy local can why technology and entrepreneurship may be the best and only hope for Detroit's ravaged economy and jobs landscape. His column is a gratifying response to our months of work preparing the conference that begins tomorrow. We really do believe that in a technologizing time, the opportunities for rapid transformation are gigantic and real. But we also believe that it will not happen automaticallly. The changes that need to happen will require business, government, and civic leaders to actively embrace the opportunities presented by technology's headlong progress. We are here in Detroit because we hope it happens. Tomorrow's conference is our contribution.   More

Manufacturing

How the U.S. Can Reinvent Manufacturing

‘Manufacturing 2.0’ is a radical shift already underway, and many key elements are taking shape. As technologies and business models evolve, we have an opportunity in the US to create and own the future of manufacturing. That means the opportunity for a resurgence of US manufacturing, creating big changes in the economy and revitalizing US cities across the country.   More

Business Startup Culture

The SEC’s Crowdfunding Conundrum

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act last April, one of the most controversial and potentially far-reaching provisions was giving startups the ability to raise money through crowdfunding. Private companies would be able to sell shares to all manner of individual investors for the first time. Currently you need to be an "accredited investor" (a high net-worth individual) to buy private company stock through angel rounds or electronic platforms such as SecondMarket and SharesPost. But the JOBS Act will open that up to anybody as soon as the SEC hammers out the rules by early next year.   More

Cities

Will Tech Save the First Western Post-Industrial City?

"If Detroit is on the brink of a revival, it’s technology that is proving to be the leading driver of job creation and economic growth," writes Detroit-based marketing exec Alex Southern for GrowDetroit. Southern's "if" acknowledges the pessimism some or his readers expressed last year in a survey about their hometown's prospects for recovery.   More

Techonomy Events

Jeffrey Katzenberg on How DreamWorks Keeps Tech Costs in Check

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jeffery Katzenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, discusses how DreamWorks keeps the cost of its productions steady, despite changing technologies.   More

Learning

Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades

Technology in the classroom is not about putting a computer on everybody’s desk anymore. It’s about getting the right software so students can absorb the information universities and schools are teaching. Given all the technology available, increasingly students may find it tough to explain why they can’t maintain a 4.0 grade point average.   More

Techonomy Events

Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch Demonstrates Software That Makes Everything Interactive

Mike Lynch, CEO of Autonomy, demonstrates new interactive iPad software developed by his company that can recognize objects in the real world and super-impose digital interactivity on top of them.   More

Business Government

Why Techonomy?: A Manifesto

We believe in the potential of technology to make the world a happier, healthier, wealthier, and more peaceful place. Techonomy's name embodies our beliefs and our mission—it combines the words "technology" and "economy" because technology has become a central part of the economy in which we operate and the society in which we live. Today technology is inextricably entwined with just about every activity that humans undertake. We embrace that fact, and seek as a company to help the world take advantage of it.   More

Bio & Life Sciences

Should the FDA Regulate Medical Apps?

At the Consumer Electronics Show last January, the seventh most popular gadget in a popular vote was a wireless glucose meter for diabetics, Telcare BGM.The device reads the glucose level in a drop of blood on a test strip and wirelessly transmits the results to an online database. Telcare’s gadget is just one of a whole raft of mobile health monitoring devices that have come to market during the past year or two. They range from blood pressure cuffs, pulse readers and other types of glucose meters, but all have one thing in common: they must connect to a smart phone.   More

Business Government

Technology Transforms Lives

Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, talks about how the rapid acceleration of technology impacts business and social change.   More

Arts & Culture Techonomy Events

Jeffrey Katzenberg on Achieving Real-time Rendering in Digital Animation

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jeffery Katzenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, details how new software that Dreamworks developed with Intel is revolutionizing the way his studio makes moves by allowing animation rendering in realtime. He says the software has the potential to change a number of industries, from design to oil.   More

Business Government

How to Be an Optimist in a Pessimistic Time

It's no secret that technology is changing the world. Unfortunately, there are a surprising number of people who don't get it. Many of them, even more unfortunately, are important leaders in business, other powerful instutitions, and governments. To meet the challenges that face us—whether as leaders of organizations, as leaders of countries, or as the global community addressing our collective challenge—we will only be successful if we unreservedly embrace technology and innovation as essential tools.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events

Microsoft’s Craig Mundie on How Technology Can Reform Healthcare

In this session from Techonomy 2011, in Tuscon, Ariz., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick talks to Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft, about how technology could reform the healthcare industry by giving healthcare providers access to huge amounts of data and statistics they currently don't have.   More

Security & Privacy Techonomy Events

Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch on Transparency and Privacy

In this session from Techonomy 2011, in Tuscon, Ariz., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick talks to Mike Lynch, CEO of Autonomy, about how technology is changing the realms of transparency and privacy. Lynch claims that evolving technology will make it nearly impossible for anyone's actions to go unnoticed.   More