Techonomy 2017

The Future is Now

At Techonomy 2017, a humble group of high school students are awed to hear that the future is now: speaking to machines, telepathy, mind-controlled artificial limbs, and high-tech food production are no longer restricted to...

Intersection of Tech and Healthcare at Techonomy 2017

Nathan, a man living with paralysis, had the opportunity to shake hands with President Obama; using a robotic arm, Nathan could actually feel the handshake. As Justin Sanchez of DARPA explained on November 5 at...

Technology: Connector or Isolator?

Over a week out from attending Techonomy, and the main theme is still resonating with me: the convergence of man and machine. What happens at this intersection is something that will only increase in importance,...

“Vitriol” Toward 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.

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...

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,...

“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.

Urban Space: Missed Opportunities and Looming Changes

In what has become a recurring theme of Techonomy 2017, the technology is outracing society’s capacity to thoughtfully integrate it. Monday’s sessions on the future of cities was no exception.

For Better Global Health, Let Tech Put People Together

Those putting their faith in technology to fix the inequalities and inefficiencies in global healthcare are missing big pieces of the puzzle. A wide-ranging discussion at Techonomy 2017 underscored some of the missed opportunities right...

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