Business Society Sustainable Development Goals

Turning Techonomy’s Work Toward Global Progress

For 2018 Techonomy turns its attention towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs). We will explore how tech can advance the goals and the business case for action. Making the world better may generate $12 trillion in new business and 380 million new jobs.   More

Energy & Green Tech Society Techonomy Events

Program Chief Ross: Looking Back at the “We’re Screwed” Techonomy

The number of alarms raised on stage at Techonomy 2017 left our program chief with a sinking feeling. In this roundup of downbeat thoughts and warnings, she highlights the drama. (There were redeeming notions as well, and she promises to highlight those next week.)   More

Society Techonomy Events

Techonomy’s Purpose–Nine Assertions

Techonomy is not a neutral journalistic organization. We are advocates for the responsible use of technology, which seems more urgent than ever as technology continues to race ahead of society.   More

Media & Marketing Society Techonomy Events

“Vitriol” Towards Net Giants Was an Unexpected Theme of Techonomy 2017

Facebook and Google took the brunt of criticism at Techonomy 2017, the net giants serving as proxies for an entire tech industry that increasingly appears unwilling to take responsibility for the power it wields.   More

Innovation Society Techonomy Events The Internet

Techonomy 2017: Will Machines Serve Man or Vice Versa?

Business leaders, policy experts and engineers gathered at Techonomy 2017 for two days of discussion on the promise and perils of a tech-driven future. Status Update: It’s complicated. Attendees painted a picture of great progress driven by innovation, but the way forward is fraught with peril.   More

Society Techonomy Events The Internet

At Techonomy 2017: Debating Tech’s Impact on Democracy

The theme of unintended consequences ran through every session at Techonomy 2017. While there is no clear solution, many speakers share a firm belief that more transparency – in algorithms, privacy policies, emerging AI capabilities, and in data security – can be big steps forward.   More

Internet of Things Society Techonomy Events The Internet

“The Internet Under Attack Is Civil Society Under Attack”

As the Internet becomes more and more vulnerable, civil society is under threat. Is it already too late? A panel at Techonomy 2017 paints a dire picture.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights Society

Procurement That Saves Money, and Even Lives

More companies seek a tighter grip on their supply chains, and not just to better marshal resources and spending. Once you digitize your supply chain you gain visibility into how suppliers manage critical social issues like labor treatment and environmental compliance. And you can drive ethical behavior through the procurement office. That's deeply gratifying to purpose-driven executives.   More

Society Techonomy Events

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

Community Insights Healthcare Society

Why Millennials Will Transform Healthcare

Millennials want everything at the tip of their smartphone-clutching fingers, and care a lot about healthcare (along with Gen X). Their preferences are driving fundamental changes in health and medicine. As the industry increasingly caters to them, the fruits of a more efficient system will come to everyone. The new digital healthcare also must factor in mental health, stress, anxiety, sleep, and fitness.   More

Global Tech Government Society

Can Tech Help trump Hate?

How did technological change and "innovation" contribute to bringing the U.S. to this point of fracture and animosity? And how can tech play a more active and consciously constructive role helping us get past it? In general the tech industry has not focused sufficiently on these questions. Now it must.   More

Business Security & Privacy Society

Are Connected Toys Worth the Risk?

Children's toys and rooms are quickly becoming connected, like just about everything else. Parents may find monitors useful and talking toys a merciful distraction, but is this new digital world safe? Big companies like Mattel, whose Hello Barbie is illustrated here, may handle the responsibilities, but the raft of startups creeping toward our children's lives may be another matter.   More

Society The Internet

The Biggest Question Facing Internet Technology

This Guardian column by Rohan Gunatillake asks a question so obvious it sounds absurd: What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? In a time when our biggest platforms are acquiring outsize influence in how society functions, it's an urgent topic all technologists need to engage with.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Planning for Techonomy 17, and a Techonomy NYC Reading List

Simone Ross extracts her favorite moments at Techonomy NYC, including from Union Square Ventures's Fred Wilson and The Financial Times's Gillian Tett. We're already planning how to continue it all this November at Techonomy 2017. So many great tech-related books were mentioned onstage that Ross compiled a list.   More

Society The Internet

Whatever Happened to the Internet’s Promise?

Idealism helped build a massive global movement of free culture and the net. It may still offer a powerful outline of cyberspace governance: an equitable and enlightened arena, a benign ecosystem that interweaves people and machines. Unfortunately we’re not even close to that today. But it's not too late to retrieve that vision.   More

Government Opinion Society

Reflections from Ross: How Rough Will it Get?

On the Saturday after the inauguration I saw a ray of light. Was the Women’s March the start of a new movement or the evolution of existing, long-standing movements? I have no idea, but our social fabric is being ripped apart. So now what? We need to get better at listening to those removed from our bubbles. We need to figure out how to ensure the benefits of tech and globalization are more evenly distributed. We need to participate.   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

Community Insights Jobs Society

Why an Improving Economy Doesn’t Make People Feel Secure

The 2016 election ignited rich debate about America's economic health. Some great new sources of real data help explain why American families worry about their financial health even as unemployment continues to drop and wage and GDP growth are rising.   More

Global Tech Managing Society

More Companies Think Techonomically at CES

More "non-tech" companies than ever were at this year's CES conference in Las Vegas. The winners in the evolving digital and technologized economy will be those leaders who think most broadly. As the ever-curious Elon Musk has long understood, "Learning across multiple fields provides an information advantage (and therefore an innovation advantage) because most people focus on just one field."   More