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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 recent Techonomy 2013 in Tucson. We also publish editorial content like you see on our website and in our newsletter, including a growing amount of video journalism.

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Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:40 PM

By Bill Dietrick

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There's a renaissance underway in American manufacturing. Even as rising wages and energy costs in China are leading more U.S. companies to bring manufacturing stateside, economic indicators point towards real industrial progress. The

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Paranoia Muddies Media's View of Bitcoin's Potential

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:23 PM

By Ulf Gartzke and Steve Ehrlich

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European financial regulators just took a positive step to engage directly with the disruptive effects of the growing cryptocurrency ecosystem, but you might not have realized that. The

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A Class Discovery Platform: By Students, for Students

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:14 PM

By Wayne Lam

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Today, you can use an app to hail a cab or to have groceries delivered within an hour, but college students still use outdated academic services for even simple tasks like signing up for classes, arranging...

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The Convergence of Medical and Consumer Health Apps

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:37 AM

By Paul Bennett

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Consumer healthcare apps linked to smartphones or wearable devices are growing in popularity, and forthcoming offerings from Apple and Google are likely to draw more attention to the field. These systems allow...

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Individualized Cancer Treatment Coming -- But Only If Underdogs Prevail

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:32 AM

By Meredith Salisbury

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Decades ago, "personalized medicine" meant "don't give penicillin to the person who is fatally allergic to it." Today, the phrase is shorthand for the ambitious but achievable concept of targeting medications to a specific...

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Can Synthetic Biology Survive in a World Haunted by "Frankenfood"?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:29 PM

By Meredith Salisbury

There is nothing that turns the collective stomach quite like the word "Frankenfood." As rallying cries go, this one is brilliant in its simplicity: three little syllables, nice alliteration, and even an allusion to a literary and cinematic monster--all crunched into one word. It's an...

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Big Potential for Vietnam's IT Services

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 1:10 PM

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Vietnam's IT workers enjoy competitive salaries and comfortable workplaces.

By Will Greene

Vietnam plays a small role in global IT services today, but it has big potential to contribute more in coming years. Many Vietnamese IT companies and policymakers want...

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Who Owns Your Genetic Data? Hint: It's Probably Not You

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:05 PM

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By Meredith Salisbury

As we move closer to an era when a sequence of every human genome is the norm, an important question looms: who will own this data? It seems intuitive to many of us that each...

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The Coming Era of Personal Genomics

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:18 AM

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By Meredith Salisbury

If the idea of having everyone's genome sequenced at birth brings to mind images from "Blade Runner" or "Gattaca", you're not alone. The tremendous potential of understanding and using genomic information from birth to...

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How Big Can Zuckerberg Make the Net?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:24 PM

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Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick (l) interviews Mark Zuckerberg onstage in February at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. (Photo copyright 2014 GSMA)

By David Kirkpatrick

How much difference can one company make? Mark Zuckerberg appears to be setting out to...

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As Fitbits for Feelings Emerge, Whither Empathy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:29 PM

By Eri Gentry


Search Google for "empathy + technology" and you'll read that "Studies have shown that increased dependence on technology has resulted in the diminishing of empathy," and " The Internet desensitizes us to shocking images, diminishing our empathy." Meanwhile,

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Launching the Internet of Everything One Startup at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:23 AM

By Andrea Ozretic

With our May 16 Techonomy Lab: Man, Machines, and the Network in Menlo Park this week, we look at five startups delivering connectivity to consumers in various aspects of their lives.

BERG Cloud of London pivoted from design consultancy to cloud service...

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Why an Internet of Everything Event? "It's the World Waking Up"

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:47 PM

By David Kirkpatrick

What inefficiencies frustrate you in your day-to-day life? What could work better about your home and the things that surround you--your car, your commute, your job, your health care, your aging parent's physical situation, or your local government? Entrepreneurs and innovators are beginning determinedly to...

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Seeing the Business Opportunity in Malnutrition

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 4:08 PM

By Adrienne J. Burke

Leave it to a technology innovators' conference to frame the relief of global malnutrition as a business opportunity. Other sessions at this week's Techonomy meeting in Tucson described how technology is transforming developing communities and how mobile devices are already ubiquitous in Africa. But...

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Super Youth at Techonomy: What Drives the Tyle Brothers to Succeed

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:25 AM

By Adrienne J. Burke

How do you raise two sons who will make enough money by age 30 to ensure you have a very comfortable retirement? Tell them their youth is no barrier to achieving. Take them on vacations to developing countries where their imaginations can run wild...

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Where's My Robot?

(21) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 9:22 AM

By Sarah Evelyn Harvey

Who's your biggest competition for that new job? Turns out, it could be a robot named Baxter.

This humanoid robot, created by Rodney Brooks and his team at Rethink Robotics, is easy to program and costs $22,000. Brooks imagines that users...

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Techonomy 2012 Asks: Can Geo-Engineering Help Lower the Earth's Temperature?

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:30 PM

By Sarah Evelyn Harvey

Just weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast, climate change was on the forefront of everyone's minds at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz. In a session about geo-engineering, Harvard physics professor David Keith and Harvard Kennedy School research fellow Andrew Parker talked about...

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The Internet's Fantastic Four: How Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple Rule the Web

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:55 PM

By Sarah Evelyn Harvey, Techonomy Contributor

Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple: four Internet companies that are, arguably, the best of the best. They're global goliaths that leave little room for competitors in a fast-growing online world. At the Techonomy conference outside of Tucson, Ariz., an afternoon panel explored...

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Kurzweil at Techonomy: Artificial Intelligence Is Empowering All of Humanity

(52) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 9:47 AM

By Adrienne Burke, Techonomy Contributing Editor

If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has many more inventions to his name than electronic keyboards. He's also developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of...

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