From the impact of AI to the perils of “fake news” on social media, this year’s event looks at the weirdly increasing convergence between humans and technology and its impact on business, social and economic progress
NEW YORK, NY – October 16, 2017 – Techonomy, the thought leadership company that poses the most provocative questions around technology, business and social progress, is excited to announce its eighth annual, invite-only Techonomy 2017 conference. It takes place November 5-7 at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California. The three-day event will bring together a diverse group of business leaders, technologists, academics and government officials for unscripted conversations about the most pressing issues facing innovators, investors and business leaders.
“The past year has thrown startling new hurdles at all of us – from catastrophic weather to political revolution, social resistance, and tech industry crisis. We all need to step back and evaluate the future of the country, the world, tech and business,” said David Kirkpatrick, founder of Techonomy. “As the lines between people and technology continue to blur, we consider the impact and ask what’s real and what’s not in a digital-first world. We ask urgent questions like ‘Who controls the truth when everybody’s a publisher?’”
This year’s theme, The Convergence of Man and Machine, will serve as a framework to explore AI, robotics, IoT, VR, autonomous vehicles and more. The event includes impressive icons of tech and business with unique perspectives on the issues that will shape 2018: Denise Morrison, CEO, Campbell Soup Company; John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco; Lowell McAdam, CEO, Verizon; Mark Bertolini, CEO, Aetna; Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, GE; and many more. Executives from Microsoft, GE, Uber, Facebook, Amazon, Airbnb and many more will join discussions on how recent advances in commerce, health, agriculture and beyond can change the future.
There are several lenses through which the event will examine the fundamental economic, political and technology shifts underway. In several sessions speakers and participants will discuss the new world order in which Amazon, Facebook and Google have formed a monolithic triad of global dominance, begging the question of how to regulate what has become such an intrinsic part of our economic infrastructure. Another pervasive issue is the rise of artificial intelligence and how to measure positive economic gains and modern conveniences against disruption to employment and existing human institutions. We will also address even more fundamental human needs as leaders such as John Kelly, IBM’s senior vice president of Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser, CEO Tracy Young of PlanGrid, renowned author Dr. Eric Topol, and investor and newfound tech industry critic Roger McNamee consider and discuss a range of topics including how to regulate actions, create perceptions, build things sustainably, transport people, increase health, and give people access to food, water and air.
Techonomy 2017 is uniquely positioned to focus on the most important areas to explore. People from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise have committed to attending and sharing their questions and counterpoints during one of our several open-mic Q&A sessions.
Techonomy is proud to announce continued strong support from our partners, including: Accenture, Cognizant, Grayling, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Phillips, Pitney Bowes, Turner and Verizon.
For the full program agenda, list of participants and more information, please visit: https://techonomy.com/conf/te17/
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