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Technology and society

Adapting economic, social, and policy dimensions to technological change

Smart systems have the potential to make lives easier, safer, and more efficient. But in a society where privacy and personal security are hot buttons, new technologies raise new concerns. Costs of adoption must be weighed against potential risks and benefits. Policies must evolve to protect the public from roguish abuse.

At WSU, researchers explore pathways and barriers to public acceptance of smart systems. They consider how design will influence human-device interaction. They seek economically viable ways to incorporate such systems into daily life. Scholars also anticipate shifts in ideology and public policy that must go hand-in-hand with technological advances. Their work paves the way for emerging technologies to succeed in the marketplace.

Research areas

  • Public policy
  • Communications
  • Economic models and impacts
  • Ethics