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Benanav Discusses Latest Tech Company Layoffs in TIME Article

January 23, 2023

“When interest rates were very low, companies basically had endless money—and investors were telling them to focus on growth, not profitability,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “But because interest rates are rising, there’s a shift from big investors to say, ‘No, now you really have to focus on profitability.’ And the big way to do that is through cuts.”

Baobao Zhang Joins First Cohort of AI2050 Early Career Fellows

January 11, 2023

Zhang, assistant professor of political science, has received up to $200K to research the role of citizens in the governance of artificial intelligence systems. 

Himmelreich Speaks with Disruptor About Artificial Emotional Intelligence

December 27, 2022

"A world in which human interaction and emotional and facial expressions are surveilled and normed in such a way that it’s ethically defective in many different ways [is] like something straight from a 'Black Mirror' episode," says Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs.

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Hamid Ekbia, PhD, Appointed Director of Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

December 15, 2022
Hamid Ekbia, professor of informatics, cognitive science, data science and international studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, has been appointed as University Professor at Syracuse University and will serve as the next director of its Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI). 

Zhang Weighs in on Whether or Not Self-Driving Cars Can Become Sentient in Inverse Article

November 18, 2022

“I think it's possible for AI systems not to be sentient, or at least not to the degree that humans are, and still be able to communicate with unique personalities,” says Baobao Zhang, assistant professor of political science and senior research associate in the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute.

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Himmelreich Weighs in on Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ Cars in Observer Article

September 15, 2022

Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, was quoted in the Observer article, "Tesla’s Claim That Its Cars Are Self-Driving May Cross the Line From Permitted ‘Puffery’ to False Advertising."

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Winders Presents at White House Summit on Advanced Air Mobility

August 16, 2022

Jamie Winders, professor of geography and the environment and founding director of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, was among the presenters offering perspectives on advanced air mobility technologies at a White House summit in Washington, D.C., last week.

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Zhang Discusses Human-Level AI in Inverse Article

June 24, 2022

Baobao Zhang, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Inverse article, "The Darkest Sci-Fi Movie on Amazon Prime Reveals a Controversial Robotics Debate."

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Himmelreich Receives Camilla Stivers Best Article Award from Public Management Research Association

June 23, 2022

"Artificial Intelligence and Administrative Evil," co-authored by Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Johannes Himmelreich, was awarded the Camilla Stivers Best Article Award by the Public Management Research Association. 

Himmelreich Weighs in on Use of AI-Powered Weapons Scanners in Lifewire

June 10, 2022

Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, was quoted in the Lifewire article, "AI-Powered Gun Scanners Could Help Fight Crime."

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