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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.
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.
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.
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.
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