The line between technology and its deployment in fields as diverse as food, electronics, and finance is blurring, making the Internet of Things essentially an ingredient tossed into each industry.
“We’re bringing technology and non-technology together,” says Susan Clark, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. “I’m wondering when there won’t be a line.”
Clark made the remarks on May 5 during the inaugural event for the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center, or C_TEC, event in the TecExec Series. The aim of the series is to bring together public and private sector leaders to talk about the future of technology and its role across business across business sectors.
The first event picked a hot trend, “Farm to Table: A Tech Story,” and covered technology in agriculture, retail, production, distribution, and the grocery industry.
When it comes to the food they eat, Americans are becoming savvier. Clark cited a poll that found 79 percent of the public believes technology benefits production. And, she says, they want to increase the role of technology in agriculture.
Featured guests included Chris Hjelm, executive vice president and chief information officer at Kroger, one of the world’s largest retail grocers with 2,800 stores in 35 states. Hjelm says to compete with other grocers for consumers who want to know more about the food they eat and its origins, Kroger continues to push the edge with technology to personalize the shopping experience.| | | Next → | Single Page
About Lori Valigra
Lori Valigra writes about science, technology, and business for general and specialty news outlets in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including coverage of the "farm to fork" movement and food safety. She’s been involved in several media startups, and had articles published by The Boston Globe, Reuters, Science magazine, and others. She holds an MS in science journalism from Boston University and a BS in medical writing from University of Pittsburgh. She won numerous journalism fellowships and awards, including the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lori enjoys bicycling, snowshoeing, gardening, and traveling. She lives in the western mountains of Maine. Reach her at email@example.com.