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.
- Public policy
- Economic models and impacts
Helping the elderly stay independent longer
Homes outfitted with artificial intelligence keep a watchful eye on residents
By the year 2020, more than 70 million Americans will be at least 60 years old. Almost all of them will prefer to live in their homes, living independently as long as possible. This creates a host of challenges as older people can struggle with daily tasks, have safety concerns, and have difficulty taking care of daily needs without assistance.
Diane Cook, director of the Smart Homes Project in the Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems, is working to meet these challenges by designing homes that, in effect, think.
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