As We Now Think

Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Nano & Society Video Clips: Part 4

The “Speed Bump” training video discusses how the Three Big Ideas interact with a simple technology like the speed bump. 1. Values shape technologies 2. Technologies affect social relationships 3. Technologies work because they’re part of systems.

February 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Growing Up Navajo, Near a Mine

This essay, by an ASU undergraduate, explores the human dimensions of socio-technical systems, and their contradictions, as seen through a single life. The writer, LaTasha Ball, grew up and was educated on the Navajo reservaton in northern Arizona. She is beginning an immersive field project on the intersection of water, power and the Navajo.

February 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

Nano & Society Video Clips: Part 3

In “Cell Phone Rules,” the third of seven part video series on nano and society, Dr. Jameson Wetmore and Dr. Ira Bennett discuss how technologies such as a smart phone influence our lives negatively and positively and how we can balance this.

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Little Engine That Could

When it came to decreasing carbon emissions, for years the United States was the “little engine that couldn’t.” Now times have changed and CSPO associate director Clark A. Miller says there are things the public can do to continue this decrease in carbon emissions.

February 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Nano and Society Video Clips: Part 2

The “Tomato Picker,” the second in a series of videos from CSPO’s Jamey Wetmore and Ira Bennett, is an example of how our values shape what technologies are developed and adopted by society using the example of the mechanized tomato picker from the 1960s.

February 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

Nano and Society Video Clips: Part 1

CSPO faculty members Jameson Wetmore and Ira Bennett were part of a group that worked this past summer produce videos for science museum staff members across the country on how to engage the public on issues relating to nanotechnology. This is the first video of seven.

February 4, 2013 · 6 Comments