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Syracuse University Named to Federal AI Safety Consortium

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, housed in the Maxwell School, is an inaugural member of U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium.

February 14, 2024

Against Democratizing AI

Johannes Himmelreich

"Against 'Democratizing AI'," authored by Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, was published in AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication.

January 24, 2024

Examining the Smart City Generational Model: Conceptualizations, Implementations, and Infrastructure

Austin Zwick, Zachary Spicer

"Examining the Smart City Generational Model: Conceptualizations, Implementations, and Infrastructure Canada's Smart City Challenge," co-authored by Austin Zwick, assistant teaching professor of policy studies, was published in Urban Affairs Review.

January 8, 2024

Benanav Speaks With Vox About the Politics of Leisure Time

In the glory days of the American labor movement, when unions were strong and wages rose alongside productivity, “organized workers could cash that out as more free time,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “But for decades, workers haven’t even been getting that choice because, for the most part, productivity growth has ended up as higher profits and more inequality.”

November 24, 2023

University Leaders Launch AI Academic Alliance, Convene AI Symposium in Washington

Two Syracuse University institutes are welcoming researchers, academic leaders, policymakers and journalists for discussions in Washington, D.C., about innovations, vulnerabilities and the future of artificial intelligence. The two-day AI Policy Symposium that begins Thursday in the nation’s capital is organized by the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute.

October 26, 2023

University Leaders to Convene AI Symposium in Washington, Launch AI Academic Alliance

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute has partnered with the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship for the two-day event. 

October 23, 2023

Public Voices Fellowship Supports Baobao Zhang’s AI Research

The Maxwell School faculty member will use the fellowship to engage the public on perceptions and governance of artificial intelligence.

October 11, 2023

Zhang Comments on the Impact of Immigration Issues on AI Researchers in Marketplace Article

“Sixty-nine percent of those who currently live in the U.S. say that visa and immigration issues are a serious problem for them conducting AI research,” says Baobao Zhang, assistant professor of political science and senior research associate in the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute.

September 27, 2023

Benanav Talks to CNBC About AI and the Future of Work

“I think about academics having to write grants all the time,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology, as an example. Those can be formulaic and would take far less time with the help of a machine. In programming, it’s helping engineers “write up basic outlines of code or sometimes like whole sections of code,” he says. 

September 18, 2023

Johannes Himmelreich Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The funding will support his research on ethical dilemmas in data science, culminating in a co-authored book manuscript.

September 13, 2023

See related: Ethics, Grant Awards

Experts Say Federal Agency Should Govern AI, New Survey Conducted by Two University Institutes Finds

Generation Lab conducted the survey for Axios in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC) and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI). 

September 6, 2023

Ekbia Comments on the Current State of AI Regulation by State Governments in Bloomberg Law

“Unfortunately, academics as much as many others, including Silicon Valley folks, are culpable for spreading this kind of fear and anxiety in the society,” says University Professor Hamid Ekbia. “Let’s stop for a second, take a deep breath, and see what is really possible in both directions, in terms of risks, but also in terms of the promises.”  

August 10, 2023

ASPI Director Hamid Ekbia Visits Spain to Discuss Challenges in Regulating AI

As part of ASPI’s global outreach program, Director Hamid Ekbia visited Spain in July 2023, where he met with Carme Artigas Brugal, Spain’s secretary of state for digitalization and artificial intelligence, and Maxwell Advisory Board member Javier Font '92 M.P.A. 

July 28, 2023

See related: Autonomous Systems, Europe

Syracuse University to Host D.C. Symposium on AI Policy

The symposium will connect academics with policymakers and newsroom leaders for discussions around AI innovations and vulnerabilities. It also will serve as the launch event for the Academic Alliance for AI Policy, an organization making AI experts’ advice accessible to lawmakers and policymakers in their efforts to regulate AI.

July 7, 2023

ASPI Helps Bring High Schoolers to Campus for Autonomous Racecar Grand Prix

The four-week program is being offered by Orange Works with support from ASPI and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

June 13, 2023

Travis Mason ’06 Serves as Chief Policy Officer for Autonomous Aviation Systems Developer

He says his Maxwell education, particularly in political science and policy studies, provided a foundation in the multifaceted problem solving involved in his work. “Maxwell taught me how to widen my policy and regulatory aperture,” he says, “because that’s what creates success when certifying autonomous technologies in and outside aviation.”

June 13, 2023

See related: Autonomous Systems

Future Facing: Maxwell Scholars Respond to the Rapid Rise of AI and Autonomous Systems

Amid the rapid rise of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, Maxwell scholars are gathering critical data, designing policy and informing future leaders.

June 8, 2023

Benanav Quoted in WIRED Article on Compensation for Workers Who Train AI Chatbots

Surveys indicate that Swedish citizens display less anxiety about robots taking their jobs, in part because when companies introduce new technologies, they often pay to upgrade their workers’ skills. “If you upskill workers, you pay them more,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “That's a more durable and sustainable process.”

May 17, 2023

See related: Autonomous Systems, Labor

Delali Kumavie Designated as the 2023-2024 Inaugural ASPI Fellow in the Arts and Humanities

Delali Kumavie, assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, studies the intersection of blackness, aviation and global transit by examining literary and cultural texts by Black writers and artists. She will further explore these intersections during her time as a faculty fellow by designing a course on myth and technology.

May 4, 2023

See related: Awards & Honors

Benanav Discusses Whether AI-Led Job Displacement Will Reshape the Economy in New Statesman Article

"Even if the vast majority of jobs are unlikely to disappear, and if many new jobs are likely to be created, the nature of work will change due to the implementation of technologies like ChatGPT. We need to shift our thinking about how that change occurs," writes Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology.

April 18, 2023

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