SFIS Newsletter - March 2018

SFIS professors lead discussion on autonomous cars

Driverless Cars
A fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian in Tempe recently ignited a national discussion on the emerging technology and the potential risks and benefits for communities. SFIS professors were tapped by the media for insight into the development and policy implications of self-driving cars. Comments from Andrew Maynard, Jameson Wetmore, Thad Miller, Ira Bennett and Michael Bennett are found in the following media:

ASU Now Q& A, How safe should self-driving cars be? (Risk Bites video), The Conversation, Slate,  Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The State Press, Insurance Journal, The Guardian,  New York Times, and a public panel discussion covered by ASU Now.


CSPO again ranked one of top 10 S&T think tanks


Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, has been named one of the top 10 think tanks for science and technology policy in the world for the fourth consecutive year in the University of Pennsylvania's “Global Go To Think Tank Index."

“Our goal is to help bring scientific and technological advance into better alignment with societal needs and aspirations,” said Daniel Sarewitz, CSPO co-founder and co-director. Founded in 1999, CSPO also sits at the core of the research and policy engagement activities of SFIS. Read more on the report.

On the heels of this prestigious ranking, CSPO moved its Washington D.C. office and joined the celebration of the opening of the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center. The center is housed in a 32,000 square-foot, eight-story historic building adjacent to the World Bank just two blocks from the White House. To celebrate the launch of the new center, a series of events featuring each of the ASU tenants was held during the week of March 12. Read additional coverage in a day-by-day blog of the events, and see photos from the events.


New Center for Smart Cities and Regions launches


How should urban planners and policy-makers manage autonomous vehicles? How can innovators and entrepreneurs develop new technologies that respond to the needs of communities and produce better health outcomes? How can private and public data protect and empower vulnerable populations? Tackling these questions and more is the goal of ASU’s new Center for Smart Cities and Regions co-directed by SFIS faculty members Diana Bowman, Thad Miller, and Erik Johnston. The center will focus on helping cities and regions use data analytics and emerging technologies to advance their economic, social, cultural and overall health. Read more.


Moon colony of Emerge wows crowds

Luna City

The first colony on the moon opened its doors to more than 700 curious tourists asking them: “Who will you be in Luna City?” For two days in March visitors experienced what life might be like on the moon in the year 2175 as they explored the fictional world of Luna City, a mining colony on the moon created through the cross-disciplinary collaboration of ASU students and faculty.

An annual event led by SFIS, Emerge draws on ASU’s diverse disciplinary ecology and culture of interdisciplinary exchange to create vibrant portraits of alternative futures. In this year’s fascinating immersive experience science, technology, and art were melded into an authentic reality. Guests met lunar “residents” played by actors, explored aspects of moon culture and learned about the history of Luna City through interactive performances, displays and activities. Visitors were encouraged to think about how they might fit into the narrative of daily lunar life and to develop their own personal identity within the depiction of a rich, vibrant city on the moon. More details, articles and images from the event are available on the Emerge website and articles on CBS 5 news and Fox 10 Phoenix.


Ecuador, spring break destination

Students in Ecuador

In the midst of the Andean mountains surrounded by volcanoes, a group of ASU students visited the second largest supercomputer in South America, which cranks out data analysis for university researchers and government agencies. With a focus on exploring how information is gathered and research is done, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society sponsored a study abroad program in Ecuador during Spring Break 2018. The course, “Ecuador: Ways of Knowing across the Andes,” led by Clinical Associate Professor Mary Jane Parmentier, and doctoral student, Carlo Altamirano, introduced a group of five graduate and undergraduate students to the vast opportunities and challenges facing this diverse Andean nation and its future. Read more

In the media


Robert Cook-Deegan
FDA approves first direct-to-consumer test for breast cancer risk
March 6, 2018

David Guston
Guston, Dall’arizona Al Foro Lombardo Per L’innovazione: “Solo Coinvolgendo I Cittadini L’innovazione Può Essere Equa”
Regione Lombardia
March 6, 2018

Kris Mayes
New proposals call for big boost to renewables in Arizona
Arizona Daily Sun
March 7, 2018

Lee Gutkind
Creative Nonfiction helps teens by Writing Away the Stigma
NEXT Pittsburgh
March 7, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
When it comes to home cancer tests, think before you spit
USA Today, KHOU.com
March 7, 2018

Clark Miller
Tempe ramps up sustainability goals, aims to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035
March 9, 2018

Erik Fisher
Interdisciplinary program attempts to 'STIR' up how research is conducted
The State Press
March 13, 2018

David Guston
What Frankenstein Can Still Teach Us 200 Years Later
March 14, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
Genetic tests ordered by doctors race to market, while ‘direct-to-consumer’ tests hinge on FDA approval
March 16, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Opinion: Fatal Uber accident should not be the end of self-driving cars
The State Press
March 19, 2018

Thad Miller
Arizona Became Autonomous Hotbed Prior to Uber’s Deadly Crash
Insurance Journal
March 20, 2018

Thad Miller
Arizona Became Self-Driving Proving Ground Before Uber’s Deadly Crash
Bloomberg | Quint
March 20, 2018

Lauren Withycombe Keeler
ASU helps Tempe commit to ambitious new energy goals
The State Press
March 21, 2018

Brian David Johnson
To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-fi
IEEE Spectrum
March 23, 2018

Thad Miller
Arizonans Rethink Self-Driving Experiment After Uber Crash
The Wall Street Journal
March 27, 2018


Andrew Maynard
What are the risks of artificial intelligence?
Risk Bites
March 7, 2018

Diana Bowman
The neurotechnology and society interface: responsible innovation in an international context
Journal of Responsible Innovation
March 5, 2018

Jennifer Richter, Thaddeus Miller, Erik Fisher (with lead author: Anthony M. Levenda)
Regional Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Governance of Energy Innovations
March 6, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Eager to dye your hair with ‘nontoxic’ graphene nanoparticles? Not so fast!
The Conversation, Discover
March 20, 2018

Andrew Maynard, Jameson Wetmore, Thad Miller, Ira Bennett
After Tempe fatality, self-driving car developers must engage with public now or risk rejection
The Conversation
March 21, 2018
Reprints: Houston Chronicle, WTOP, GovTech - Future Structure, Brinkwire

Jameson Wetmore
Too Often, We Don’t Regulate New Technologies Until Somebody Dies
March 22, 2018
Slate - Future Tense

Andrew Maynard
How safe should self-driving cars be?
Risk Bites
March 25, 2018