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At Techonomy, we believe technology is indispensable for business and social progress. We host conferences, create media, and otherwise work to understand and explain the impact of all sorts of technology.
At Techonomy, we believe technology is indispensable for business and social progress. We host conferences, create media, and otherwise work to understand and explain the impact of all sorts of technology.

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On a single day in November 2014, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi sold 1.16 million Mi phones. Each week, the company ships a new batch of “incrementally better” phones that incorporate user suggestions in a matter of weeks. The company has been rewarded with an avid fan base that largely eliminates the need for PR or marketing and is now the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer.
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Facebook’s plan to provide Internet access to the roughly 10 percent of the Earth’s population that lives too far from cell towers or landlines to get online is moving forward.
Or, more accurately, upward.
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks as we continue to fine-tune the program for September’s Techonomy Detroit. If you’re in Detroit September 15 you should stop by—we’ll be interviewing Mark Bertolini, the refreshing, bead wearing, yogi-like CEO of Aetna.
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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 their research. Today, the initiative that resulted helps teachers and students, scientists, Congress, and even Hollywood writers and producers understand and spread the message that genetics is important and accessible.
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Experts across the political spectrum profess to be mystified by the skyrocketing Trump campaign. Politico recently published a piece with predictions from 16 of them about how the straw-topped candidate’s efforts will end. One who sounded on target was Mary Matalin, the longstanding Republican strategist, who professed her admiration for Trump’s “authenticity.” That’s part of what I think has thrust this reality show into the forefront of American politics. 
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Small entrepreneurial businesses are taking a different tack towards cybersecurity. They are protecting access, encrypting and re-encrypting data, and eliminating almost all access points. 
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Wealth management shops have suddenly become the latest hot trend in Shanghai. In the last two months alone, at least three such shops have opened up in my neighborhood, often in spaces that were vacant for years or inhabited by struggling businesses. And my neighborhood in Hongkou District is quite ordinary, which means Shanghai’s trendier areas have undoubtedly been hit by the same scourge of wealth management shops. 
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The University of Michigan and nearly 50 industry partners including Ford, General Motors, Qualcomm, State Farm Insurance, Toyota, Verizon, and others are betting that if you build it, self-driving cars will come. 
The new 32-acre facility, called Mcity, opened this week in Ann Arbor and will serve as an auto industry ecosystem for use by anyone researching autonomous vehicles.
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When Ginni Rometty recently explained to Charlie Rose that she and her team were “reinventing IBM using data, the cloud, and mobility,” it began to sound like clients would soon be able to subscribe to the company’s much-promoted Watson artificial intelligence service for solutions to the world’s most difficult and complicated problems. 
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In many emerging markets, reliable data on healthcare systems is limited or nonexistent. This makes it difficult to address urgent healthcare challenges in some of the world’s least developed countries. But a growing number of tech entrepreneurs and public health activists are finding ways to fill the data gaps. And as smartphones and other connected devices proliferate, fertile new sources of data are emerging. 
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