As We Now Think

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

Lessons from the ‘right to be forgotten’

Graduate student Jathan Sadowski interviews law professor on the “right to be forgotten.” There’s a truism among certain circles of analysts and commentators: Technologies usually outpace the laws meant to … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Makerspaces: What they are, and what they might mean for the university system

by Aubrey Wigner, a graduate student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology   The STGlobal Conference is an annual graduate student-led event for presenting in-process or recently completed … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

Jathan Sadowski PhD student in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes   In her new book, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, Astra … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s the End of the World as We Prefer It, and I Feel … Stupid

By Daniel Sarewitz My predictions for the next 20 years or so: Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and typhoons, earthquakes, and droughts will afflict more people than ever, at … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology gurus Jameson Wetmore and Ira Bennett educate Geoff Notkin of The STEM Journals on some of the basics of Nanotechnology. What is the scale involved and why is there … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fraud, Failure, and Frustration: This Is the Story of America’s First Energy Transition

Americans have not always desired new sources of energy. Demand has needed to be created, and this has never been easy. by Christopher F. Jones, Assistant Professor of History in … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flip the conference!

Disclaimer: In this blog post, I not un-ironically level an academic critique of the way the academic conference has lost sight of its competitive advantage. Critics of the modern classroom … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

New Climate Pragmatism Framework Prioritizes Energy Access as Driver of Innovation and Development

“Climate change can’t be solved on the backs of the world’s poorest people,” said Daniel Sarewitz, a report coauthor and CSPO co-director. “The key to solving for both climate and poverty is helping nations build innovative energy systems that can deliver cheap, clean, and reliable power.”

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brazil as Bureaucratic Dystopia

Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Dan Sarewitz, Co-Director of ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, hosted a free screening of director Terry Gilliam’s cult classic Brazil.

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sand Mandala as a symbolic representation, the everyday and the academic

Photo courtesy of Peter Lafford Emerge 2014 featured a variety of carefully constructed artistic objects, all manifestations of higher philosophical thought regarding art, science, culture and the individual. Among these … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment