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Believe the Neuralink Hype—It’s Important for Technological Innovation

Elon Musk’s latest venture, the recently-launched startup Neuralink, aims to merge mind and machine using brain-computer interface technology. Some commentators are dismissing its vision as pure hype. But buzz matters—we need such hype for radical tech innovation.   More

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“Omigod!”…and other Exclamations Upon Reading WSJ’s Piece on Facial Recognition in China

Do you want your photo flashed on a sign at an intersection? If not, don't jaywalk in China. Leave aside what happens if you're a dissident traveling in a new region. Here's a headline the WSJ used for this must-read article: "The All-Seeing Surveillance State Feared in the West is a Reality in China."   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

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Traversing Europe’s Stellar Tech Firmament

Chief Techonomist David Kirkpatrick was blown away by Europe's energy and tech creativeness on a recent swing, both by how good the conferences were and by the importance of the digital revelations he had. Self-flying cars, anyone?   More

Learning Science

Genetic Research That Helps Individuals Too

Preventing genetic diseases may sound like a dream. While ethical and regulatory challenges still remain within our system, companies like Color can provide responsible, compliant access to preventive genetic information for individuals to take action for their health future.   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

Analytics & Data Healthcare

New Efforts Promote Open Data in Science and Medicine

For American healthcare to improve, institutions must be able to share data. But they can’t. HIPAA and restrictive consent forms are among the challenges to data accessibility. But new approaches are emerging, and it may usher a new open data era.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy The Internet

Will Your Next Password Be a Brainwave?

Secure internet authentication with today's technology is more and more difficult. Even two-factor authentication is not enough. But at UC Berkeley, the next frontier in biometrics-based security is emerging: meet passthoughts—your brainwaves as an identifier, unique to an individual yet changeable anytime.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights Startup Culture

Lack of Trust is Holding Back the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is stagnant. Rides may still be going up, but rooms, crowdfunding, and other services are flat or declining. The reason can be summed up in a word: trust. Millennials are the sharing economy's best hope--but will it be enough?   More

Healthcare

Tech Will Make Lab Diagnostics Better for Everyone

Many devices remain unavailable in low-resource parts of the world. Even in well-developed healthcare systems, we can’t effectively detect and treat many diseases. But new specialized equipment, genomics, and connected diagnostics could lead to breakthroughs.   More

Healthcare Science

How Genomics Can Improve Cancer Care (at Techonomy Health)

Cancer kills millions every year. Advances in genomics and related technologies hold enormous potential for prevention and treatment, but researchers need more data. A Techonomy Health session tackled challenges in our current system, and the case for allowing researchers access to our genomes.   More

Cities Internet of Things

Connected Cities Demand a Great User Experience

The capabilities of the Internet of Things are uniting city planners and technology experts everywhere to transform metropolises into smart, connected cities. Smart cities are popping up in Europe and around the world. What we need are systems of experience that represent the people, processes, and technology, giving cities necessary long-term sustainability. How will the IoT help to build cities of the future?   More

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Why Twitter and eBay Rely on 100-year-old Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes, a powerhouse in the era when sending print mail was the primary way of communication, is fully in the present today. Now, the company is emerging as a crucial part of the digital ecosystem, operating a back-end software and services infrastructure that enables Twitter to assign a location to a tweet, eBay's customers to buy and sell goods from anywhere in the world, and other services.   More

Community Insights Startup Culture

How Entrepreneurship Built My Confidence as a Woman in Tech

A few months ago, I was a Muslim immigrant woman studying computer science at the City College of New York. I didn't guess I would help found prize-winning edtech startup Enrich. It helps students and families find after-school and other enrichment programs. I've found it deeply meaningful.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Healthcare: The Final Frontier for Smart Technology

Much of our lives has been made easier and more accessible by digitized services, except in healthcare. The reality is that healthcare is not yet “smart.” Once hospitals can implement a data-driven, secure infrastructure, doctors can use information more accurately to make decisions. Healthcare must catch up to other industries.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

The Tantalizing Potential of Technologizing Medicine (at Techonomy Health)

Technology's transformation of medicine was the focus of a panel at Techonomy Health with Brian Donley of Cleveland Clinic and Brent Shafer of Philips North America. They focused on how advances in tech will alter how patients receive care. The optimism was palpable, but for real breakthroughs, players across the American system need to better cooperate.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Soon You Won’t Need the Broken Healthcare System

The tech giants are moving quickly to deliver healthcare. Amazon is hiring leaders to bring it into the pharmaceutical market, sending shivers through executives at Walgreens and CVS. Google and Facebook watch for early-warning signs of life-threatening depression. If you think of healthcare as consumer-driven, you can grasp the future the giants envision.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

The Bioethics and Geopolitics of Genomics (at Techonomy Health)

New genomics technologies empower us to understand, manipulate, and even write the code of life. These technologies may produce medicine, biofuels, and bring major benefits to humanity. But they can also be used maliciously, for genetic discrimination or bioweapons. How do we ensure that they are used for good? This Techonomy Health session tackled these gnarly matters.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

At Techonomy Health: U.S. System Needs Way More Data

On a Techonomy Health panel on how data can drive healthcare, experts said improving the U.S. system demands lots of new technology and the data to fuel it, none of which is coming fast enough. And it requires innovators–and health institutions–willing to see ideas fail in order to find the greatest ones.   More

Managing Manufacturing Techonomy Events

At Techonomy NYC: Chewable Ice and Turning Bananas into Dirt

Companies struggle to stay relevant to customers as tastes and trends change quickly. At Techonomy NYC, I was struck by Slava Rubin, cofounder of crowdfunding service Indiegogo, which has started working with companies like GE and Whirlpool to test ideas with consumers. His best stories relate to refrigerators and the way we dispose of trash.   More