Science and Technology Innovation Program
Managing just one computer can tax the average person's technical capabilities. How do we thrive in a world where we might be connected to thousands of computational devices, which are connected to each other? This seminar and discussion explored the emerging world of autonomic computing. The video of the meeting is available here.
Scientists talk about the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science in this collection of exclusive interviews produced by the Science & Technology Innovation Program in conjunction with the National Science Foundation.
Nanotechnology is hailed by some scientists, venture capitalists, and government officials as the next industrial revolution. But two media experts at a program sponsored by the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies report that, compared to other areas of science, nanotechnology newspaper coverage is scarce.
Major emergencies and crises can overwhelm local resources. In the last several years, self-organized digital volunteers have begun leveraging the power of social media and “crowd-mapping” for collaborative crisis response. Rather than mobilizing a physical response, these digital volunteer groups have responded virtually by creating software applications, monitoring social networks, aggregating data, and creating “crowdsourced” maps to assist both survivors and the formal response community. These virtual responses can subject digital volunteers to tort liability. This report evaluates the precise contours of potential liability for digital volunteers.
Thanks to nanotechnology, tomorrow's food will be designed by shaping molecules and atoms. Dr. Jennifer Kuzma and Peter VerHage estimate possible areas and timeframes for future nanotechnology-based food and agriculture applications.
Given the incredible promise of the fast emerging field—and the billions in public and private investment that it has attracted—the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has launched a series of newsletters and podcasts focused on progress toward exciting applications on the horizon of nanotechnology.
This white paper describes the technological state of the art and examines the potential for using distributed sensing systems to improve the management of critical water resources. The paper also outlines recommendations for further research to advance the development and use of these systems by environmental resource managers. The white paper was prepared by scientists and engineers at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at UCLA for the Wilson Center's Foresight and Governance Project with support from the Environmental Protection Agency's Offices of Water and Research & Development, with assistance from the Office of Air & Radiation.