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Techonomy 2017: Optimism Tempered with Concerns

Techonomy 2017 opened Sunday with a mind-bending array of possibilities coupled with an equal number of ethical quandaries. The opening day looked at the convergence of man and machine, raising the prospect of neuro-technololy that will bypass the need for language itself. “It is both exciting and worrying,” was a common refrain throughout the sessions. […]   More

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The Future of Work: Automation, Training, and the ‘Digital Reckoning’

At Sunday’s session of Techonomy 2017, Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick spoke about the future of automation and American business with GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and founder of PSP Capital Partners. The bottom line: there's still a lot of work to be done.   More

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Watch the Video from Techonomy 2017

While we will shortly slice up and archive each session’s video individually, here is the conference video in it’s entirety.  Please refer to the agenda if you need help finding a specific session. Sunday Afternoon: Monday Morning: Monday Afternoon: Tuesday Morning:   More

Community Insights Global Tech Innovation

China is No Longer a Technology Copycat or Underdog

Kevin Zhou grew up in China and came to the US in 2009 to study. He's now a seasoned tech journalist who travels between the US and China and works to explain the different tech cultures to one another. He sees China as having moved into a decisive new stage as a champion of innovation, and says the tech competition between the two countries has changed completely.   More

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What to Expect at Techonomy 2017

With Techonomy 2017 about to begin, Program Director Simone Ross surveys our panoply of topics and themes, from the "new hegemonist" net giants, to AI and jobs, AR & VR, the future of construction, the future of food, rising waters, global health and tech, etc. etc. We are ambitious, eclectic, and global-minded, and this year's conference displays it brightly, and proudly.   More

From the Magazine Techonomy Events

Could Blockchain-based Systems Replace Facebook?

Few topics are hotter than blockchain right now. In this excerpt from our conversation with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures at Techonomy NYC in May, he explains why he thinks such tools could even be the way an insurgent might challenge the overwhelming dominance of Facebook.   More

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Iconic Speakers to Tackle Game-Changing Innovation Issues at Techonomy 2017

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 […]   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

What’s Lurking in Your Genome?

It's still hard to know what to do about genetic news that's discovered about a patient during sequencing for another reason. A small percentage of such tests turn up disturbing findings. Some people want to know, some don't, but figuring out what to do often vexes doctors and researchers. Debate about how to handle this problem is growing within the genetics world.   More

From the Magazine Global Tech Government

Amazon, Facebook, and Google: Too big to tolerate. Too big to stop.

As society begins to realize it has allowed globe-spanning commercial net giants too much power, it also becomes clear that figuring a policy response will be hard. Techonomy's co-founder, author of The Facebook Effect, weighs in on the disturbing and growing controversy over what comes next.   More

Innovation Managing Partner Insights

Digital Transformation is Shaking Up Corporations

Digital transformation changes how we lead our lives, and profoundly impacts how businesses function and compete. Now customer experience, especially, needs to become more personalized. And since those same connected consumers are also employees, the workplace, too, must change quickly.   More

Analytics & Data From the Magazine Jobs

The Bots Aren’t Taking Over

The winning play in a digital economy is not fighting against robots and artificial intelligence, but using our new tools to improve productivity. What we need to do is enhance knowledge work with systems of intelligence. Open your mind to the reality that tech is extending productivity and profitability in ways that even a few years ago would have seemed far-fetched.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Washington Post Conference Highlights Progress in American Healthcare

At a recent Washington Post medical conference, entrepreneurs, doctors and health experts acknowledged American healthcare's serious problems. But they also agreed that tech can dramatically transform healthcare. A panoply of innovations are underway. Philips CEO Frans van Houten noted that what really matters is whether people get and stay well.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

An Optimistic Gates Sees Promise in Genetics

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, Bill Gates told 7,000 geneticists that the world needs them to up the pace of innovation in order to solve our most pressing health challenges. Early childhood death, malaria, and pandemics are all dangers that may be mitigated by progress in this realm, he said, showing his characteristic optimism.   More

Cities Jobs

Construction Workers Need Tech Skills

Construction is a critical industry that has neither the tech nor the trained workers it needs. McKinsey calculates the world needs a stunning $3.3 trillion in new infrastructure every year through 2030 to keep pace with projected economic growth. New training programs, new attitudes, and new software are urgently needed.   More

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Program Director Ross on Techonomy 2017–One Month Away!

A year after Mark Zuckerberg uttered his famous words that continue to reverberate despite his having repudiated them, Techonomy's program director celebrates the rich program for this year's upcoming Techonomy 2017. Will history again be made? We also just finished the print magazine that goes to our attendees and underscores our concerns and fascinations.   More

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More Onstage Heroes at the Upcoming Techonomy 2017

What we do at Techonomy is unique, by two essential measures–the people on stage, and the people in the audience. You will not find a mix of thinkers like this elsewhere. Here we introduce a few of the amazing people speaking at Half Moon Bay in November. Diversity and intensity of collective conversation are our tools to deepen our collective understanding of the zeitgeist, as it is inflected by tech.   More

Healthcare

The Most High-Tech Water You’ll Ever Swallow

Allurion’s rethink of existing “weight-loss balloons” could put a dent in obesity. Who knew that a sack of water in your tummy could be high tech? You just swallow it and they fill it up. Previous methods were less palatable.   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

Analytics & Data From the Magazine Techonomy Events

Striking Gold by Mining Data

Instinct is no longer what it takes to identify hit. Now, like in every industry, analytics are all. For emerging pop star MAX (who performs at the upcoming Techonomy 2017), Crush Music identified a hit using data, which enabled it to convince radio stations and Spotify they should play it.   More

Analytics & Data From the Magazine Jobs

For Stitch Fix, the AI Future Includes Jobs

Katrina Lake became the first female chief executive officer to take a company public in the U.S. this year when Stitch Fix Inc. started trading on Friday. The company suffuses itself in analytics and artificial intelligence. But its 3400-and-growing pool of stylists suggests that a future world infused with AI may not decimate the workforce after all. To hear how it operates feels like receiving brain waves from the future.   More