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Everything we do reflects our ethos: that technology can make the world a happier, healthier, wealthier, and more peaceful place.

Techonomy’s name embodies our beliefs and our mission—it combines the words “technology” and “economy” because technology has become a central part of the economy in which we operate and the society in which we live. Today technology is inextricably entwined with just about every activity that humans undertake. We embrace that fact, and seek as a company to help the world take advantage of it.

Technology is itself a neutral force. If we actively engage with it, we can direct it, mold it, and apply it productively for our organizations and for society.

As the pace of change speeds up, many of us find it challenging to grasp our range of options. All leaders must, in effect, become technologists. Only then can we effectively guide organizations, companies, and communities towards long-term health and impact. Only then can we retain our relevance and effectiveness, as leaders and even as individuals. The choices we all face because of technology are by no means easy. Some of technology’s impact is painful and confusing. We do not shrink from examining the downside, though as you can tell, our bias is towards optimism.

Techonomy casts its lens broadly across business and society in order to highlight and explore the manifold ways in which tech’s impact is felt. We care about the future of food and nutrition, healthcare, education, government, science, the arts, transportation, cities, infrastructure, communication, media, architecture, and indeed any sphere of human endeavor. We believe there is no field in which tech is not having a transformative impact. We are no less interested in the cement business than in social media. (OK, maybe a little.) Lines are being blurred, in large part by developments driven by technology, so that many once-distinct disciplines are overlapping, consolidating, and cross-fertilizing.

We seek conversation at the highest level about the role of technology in social progress, as we advocate for greater understanding about the pace of change and what it means for everyone.

We believe business will take the lead in driving social progress, but our community also includes leaders from the social sector, government, politics, academia, and the sciences. A multidisciplinary dialogue is core to every forum Techonomy convenes. We especially aim to foster conversation between leaders from the tech industry and companies that have not, at least until now, considered themselves tech companies. (We argue that every company is a tech company, whether they know it or not.)

Techonomy aims its programs and content at leaders, but we also believe that the definition of a leader is changing quickly. Thanks again in large part to technology, power is being broadly dispersed in society. Leaders are emerging at every level of society more rapidly and fluidly than ever before. Social and business structures are flattening as the very notion of leadership is evolving to recognize that the most effective leadership is collaborative and in some ways collective. We make our programs accessible to a wide audience because it is impossible to know where leaders will emerge, and because the world increasingly recognizes that, for better or worse, we are all in this together.

Techonomy Media hosts conferences, like our forthcoming Techonomy 2014 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., November 9-11. We also publish editorial content on our website and in our newsletter, including a growing amount of video journalism.

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Artificial Intelligence Catches Fire in Ethiopia

(17) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:16 PM

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Young Ethiopian with robot whose AI software was created in his country. (courtesy of iCog Labs)

Ethiopia is an unlikely but thriving center of artificial intelligence R&D. A local company works for global customers and the government is all for it.

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Staunch Syria Enclave Holds Off ISIL -- And Finds Support Online

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 3:54 PM

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Photo via Allt åt Alla Malmö.

By Cecilia Saixue Watt

The news out of Syria, however grim, includes at least one encouraging note. In northern Syria, along the Turkish border, has emerged a de facto autonomous region known as Rojava. The...

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No Longer Rocket Science: Helping Consumers Understand Genetic Info

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 1:22 PM

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By Meredith Salisbury

A decade ago, biologist Ting Wu saw a need to promote education and interest in genetics among consumers, as well as to help scientists understand how the public views...

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With a 3D-Printed Instrument, This Musician is Composing the Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 9:59 AM

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By Phreddy Wischusen

Inventor/musician Onyx Ashanti sees creativity as the greatest profit.

Often, it begins in the dark. When the LEDs light up -- in red, yellow, blue, green, and purple -- the face inside the...

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Forget Bubble Talk -- Beirut Tech Is Accelerating

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:48 AM

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By Alexandra Talty

Recently called "the Silicon Valley of the Middle East" by CNN, and "the Middle East's Tech Hub" by TechCrunch, Beirut's tech scene is the darling of international media of late. (Though Techonomy...

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Vitals Aims to Be the Priceline of American Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:55 PM

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By Paul Bennett

Entrepreneur Mitch Rothschild says he has always followed a simple philosophy: Determine where a gap exists and launch a business to fill it. He thought information was seriously lacking in healthcare, for both patients and...

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Will Even a Cholesterol Test Help Identify Cancer?

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 12:44 PM

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By Meredith Salisbury

Early detection is one of the most effective ways to beat cancer. That's why some recent studies, in which scientists detected it in people long before symptoms began, have cancer researchers so excited. The coolest...

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Why Everybody Cares About the Blockchain

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:24 PM

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By Kristina Shevory

The blockchain is a key part of the system that underlies recordkeeping and transactions for Bitcoin, the virtual currency. But there are much bigger opportunities ahead for this decentralized recordkeeping system.

In a session called...

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Government Lacks Strategy for Cyber Attack Response, Say Techonomy Policy Panelists

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:42 AM

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From left, Michael Cote, Alan Marcus, Craig Mundie, Shane Harris, and Cory Bennett (photo by Rebecca Greenfield)

By Kristina Shevory

As the Internet spreads its tentacles into every nook of society, attacks are rapidly increasing against individuals, companies, governments, and the very Net...

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Slowly, Tech Innovation Makes Inroads in Government

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:36 AM

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An attendee asks a question at the "How Tech Is Making Government Work Better" session at Techonomy Policy 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Greenfield)

By Kristina Shevory

Is tech making government work better? That was the question tackled by an expert panel...

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Onstage at TE Policy, a Bipartisan Call for Policies That Don't Screw Up Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 5:41 PM

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At left, Sean Parker, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Deb Fischer and David Kirkpatrick. (Photo by Rebecca Greenfield)

By Adrienne Jane Burke

Tech policy development may help strange bedfellows get better acquainted. At Techonomy Policy 2015 in Washington last week, tech billionaire...

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Google's Fail of a Ramadan App

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 11:46 AM

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By Oz Sultan

Earlier this month Google launched a "Ramadan Companion App." As a Muslim who works in marketing strategy and social media, who has consulted on a number of Muslim-focused marketing projects, this...

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Data, Data Everywhere, But Not a Bit You Own

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 9:59 AM

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By Adrienne Jane Burke

Who owns data? How should data privacy be defined and protected? And what is the potential for regulation to support or impede the...

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Tech Leaders: Cooperation With Government Can Move US Forward

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 9:54 AM

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From left, Steve Case, R. David Edelman, Vint Cerf, and David Kirkpatrick. (Photo by Rebecca Greenfield)

By Adrienne Jane Burke

From a founding father of the Internet who is now at the fore of interplanetary connectivity comes an evolved...

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Why Genetic Tests May Call for a Second Opinion

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:55 AM

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By Meredith Salisbury

When you get your cholesterol levels after a blood test, you may grumble about the new diet your doctor recommends or the statins you have to take -- but you probably don't wonder whether the...

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Washington Is Changing. Companies Have to Change With It

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:50 AM

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By Don Baptiste and Tony Costello

Digital technology transformed business models for the media, manufacturing and sports industries. Now shifts in how Washington works require that companies adopt new, technology-driven government affairs strategies. Here are some...

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A Critical Moment for the Future of the Internet

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 6:06 PM

By Fadi Chehadé

The Internet, the greatest invention of our generation -- several generations in fact -- is in many ways a reflection of the American Dream. It's vast and open, unlimited in its potential reach. It's inclusive and welcoming. Anyone can be part of it and make a...

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For Genome Editing, Self-Regulation Beats a Government Ban

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:12 PM

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By Meredith Salisbury

A breakthrough method that makes editing the genes of living beings relatively easy, called CRISPR, is much in the news these days. So are the many implications -- both terrifying and promising -- associated...

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Techonomy Policy June 9 in DC: The Age of Data Exhaust

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:07 PM

By David Kirkpatrick

Last month, Techonomy hosted a dinner in New York, and our guests wanted relentlessly to talk about data. Where will society produce it? How much can we manage? Who will control it? What will they do to us with it? How can individuals retain influence over...

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Let's Use Data and Tech to Create a Government That Works

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:02 PM

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By Sonal Shah, Stephen Ondra, and Peter Levin

In 1899, so the fable goes, a hapless director of the patent office suggested to then-President McKinley that the agency be abolished because "Everything that can be...

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