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Cities Learning Society

Making Detroit a Movement: The Power of Narrative

Throughout history, certain cities at certain moments in time have had an outsized impact. Think about Detroit’s future, built on a rich legacy of innovation and diversity, in terms of a movement—of individuals as well as companies, nonprofits, and public sector institutions. What would really help is a well-crafted narrative.   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

Society Startup Culture Venture for America profiles

Azoti Helps Farmers Sell and Consumers Eat Better

Azoti helps buyers connect to local food sources. Based in Columbus, the startup works with small farms to supply discounted fresh produce to employees of schools, civic organizations, and major employers like OhioHealth. Dave Ranallo started the company in 2012. He's an Ohio native who grew up eating fresh fruits and vegetables from his grandparents’ garden.   More

Energy & Green Tech Media & Marketing Society

What the Pope’s Climate Message Means to Marketers

The climate movement has gained what may be the ultimate celebrity spokesperson in Pope Francis. Marketers should take heed: the Pope has the ear of Millennials and other consumers who are willing to change their behavior and their purchasing to make a difference.   More

Media & Marketing Society

Why Donald’s Reality Trumps the News

Experts across the political spectrum profess to be mystified by the skyrocketing Trump campaign. Politico recently published a piece with predictions from 16 of them about how the straw-topped candidate's efforts will end. One who sounded on target was Mary Matalin, the longstanding Republican strategist, who professed her admiration for Trump's "authenticity." That's part of what I think has thrust this reality show into the forefront of American politics.   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

Techonomy 14 Society Techonomy Events

Can Tech Bring Equality and Peace?

Some talk as if a digital utopia is within our grasp, but could tech in fact be widening the gulf between rich and poor? It’s impossible not to worry about growing global discord. Will tech bring us together, or drive us further apart? At last month's Techonomy 2014, The New Yorker's James Surowiecki joined Intel's Genevieve Bell, Twitter's Jack Dorsey, David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee, and Nandan Nilekani of the Unique Identification Authority of India to discuss tech's potential to foster peace and equality.   More

Society

Is the Offline You a Better Person? One Man Finds Out

There's a Liz Phair lyric that sums up tech journalist Paul Miller's year without the internet: "...if you do it and you're still unhappy, then you know that the problem is you." The story of the 26-year-old Verge editor’s experiment is a subject of fascination in the press this week. Suffering from burnout and quarter-life existential angst, Miller cut himself off from online access. He downgraded to a dumb phone, delivered assignments via thumbdrive, and contacted sources, friends, and family by phone instead of email or Skype. And he kept that up for a mostly painful 365 days.   More