Intersecting crises — the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and environmental catastrophes — have destabilized daily life and public institutions, rendering perennial questions about progress increasingly urgent. And yet, rethinking progress is not simply a question of what should be done through scientific or technological know-how; it is also a question of what it means to be human.
The world changed forever in 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. Today, immediate access to massive amounts of content, information, photos, videos, opinions and daily narration is a normal aspect of everyday life.
Berners-Lee later said of his invention that “it is the unexpected re-use of information, which is the value added by the web.”
Adriana Baniecki is a home-schooled high school senior from Chandler, Arizona, with a passion for physics. She likes understanding how the world around her works.
When she was in ninth grade, her professors at community college presented physics as investigating the real world.
“We would drop balls off of the second story of the building, and measure and use all these lab analysis tools and stuff to kind of just show how the math underlies the real world,” she said.
As an Adobe Creative Campus, Arizona State University is leading the way in imparting 21st-century digital literacy skills to students of all disciplines. Crucial to this work is using a suite of tools — packaged together under ASU’s Digital Backpack of “future-self” technologies — that are standard across numerous industries.
Computational modeling is a surprising and extremely valuable research tool for developing sustainability practices and policies. It uses computer simulation to analyze and predict socioeconomic and environmental needs based on an infinite combination of factors, allowing researchers to formulate solutions and inform policy decisions that maximize benefits and minimize harm.
With technology and innovation driving massive changes in consumer demand and behaviors, the new economy is simultaneously on the horizon and already here. Through its partnership with Arizona State University, the city of Mesa is going to be in the center of the action.
The public may be divided over climate change issues, but the Pentagon and national security community are not. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said climate change is making the world more unsafe, citing accelerating security issues like pandemic and stability, mass migration, conflict over resources and natural disasters.
Last year, students, staff and faculty from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University came together and developed a Minecraft server designed to help creatively relieve some of the stress from the pandemic while bringing the school community together.
In the early centuries of sailing the open seas, often the only navigation tool was the human eye. Ships’ crews found their way by coordinating their paths based on observing the positions of the constellations of stars and planets in the sky.
Communications back then were equally old school. If ships were too far apart for crews to shout at each other, they would wave flags in specific patterns to convey simple messages.
Across the globe, science echoes the same and intensifying message: We must mitigate climate change and support our ecosystems. Following its notorious cousin carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas methane creates problems of its own. Methane is a leading cause of climate change worldwide and a contributor to global warming.