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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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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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Bybee Quoted in USA Today Article on Code of Ethics for Supreme Court Justices

June 23, 2022

Keith Bybee, professor of political science, was quoted in the USA Today article, "Bybee Quoted in USA Today Article on Code of Ethics for Supreme Court Justices."

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Reeher Weighs in on WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s Move to MSNBC in The Hill

April 12, 2022

Professor Grant Reeher spoke to The Hill about White House press secretary Jen Psaki's move to MSNBC.

Radcliffe quoted in Marketplace piece on companies, voter restrictions

April 15, 2021
Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs, says that although taking a stand can be tricky, "if companies are dragging their feet or not getting involved when fundamental questions of democracy are at stake, that could be a long-term threat." 

Radcliffe comments on corporations' role in politics in Marketplace

March 30, 2021
"If you don’t take a stand, you’re opening yourself up to criticism of being complicit in legislation that is widely seen as violating individual rights," says Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs. 

Radcliffe quoted in Deseret News article on COVID-19 double standards

January 4, 2021
For people struggling to stay motivated to continue social distancing and wearing masks, cases where public officials ignore the very rules they are imposing on others can be frustrating. In the field of behavioral ethics, this phenomenon is called "ethical fading," says Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs. The term describes the way people deceive themselves to hide the wrongness of their choices. But, officials should be held to a higher standard, he says, especially when public health is on the line. "People who have considerable power or ability to influence others have a greater obligation to make sure that their actions match their words—because their words and actions can affect the behavior and welfare of others," says Radcliffe. Read more in the Deseret News article, "7 times public officials had double standards on COVID-19." 

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