March 2, 2023
Understanding the Ethical Future of AI
Dr. Matt Lease, professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, provides a better understanding of AI and Chat GPT.
March 1, 2023
Prescription for a Healthier Future: Climate Justice
More than 80% of our health is impacted by social determinants — where we live, work, eat and play. And the “live” part is crucial: Everything from air quality, access to healthy food and health care, and economic stability have an outsize impact on a person’s ability to get and stay well. But what happens when climate change begins to threaten those things?
Feb. 27, 2023
How Flooding is Informing Infectious Disease Spread
Researchers from UT Austin have been awarded a prestigious grant from the UK’s Wellcome Trust to understand how flood and storm surge modeling could help inform infectious disease spread in Texas and beyond.
Feb. 20, 2023
The key takeaway? Today’s machine “intelligence” bears little resemblance to the human thought processes to which it is incessantly compared, both by those who gush over “AI,” and by those who fear it.
Feb. 9, 2023
Can Robots and Humans Coexist?
Austin, Texas — When the four-legged robots walk around the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, all the attention is on them. They are part of a groundbreaking science and social experiment from the school's robotics program.
Feb. 8, 2023
UT-Austin researchers partner with Austin Fire Department to predict, map smoke impact on communities
University researchers partnered with the Austin Fire Department to strengthen responses to fires and analyze the smoke’s environmental impact in various communities to instill a proper plan for communities at risk of unhealthy air quality.
Dec. 13, 2022
New Ethical AI Graduate Portfolio Program to Launch in 2023
Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, the Graduate Portfolio Program in Ethical AI will focus on the ethical implications posed by AI-based technologies, as well as how innovation in AI is driven by societal forces.
Dec. 12, 2022
Planting Transportation Seeds in An Urban Desert
A new mobility hub in the Georgian Acres neighborhood in north Austin is providing much-needed transportation services to a community living in a ‘transit desert’ and may serve as a useful blueprint for urban areas across the United States in need of similar essential services.
Nov. 22, 2022
Texas researchers, Austin activists partner on new Climate Atlas
Researchers with the University of Texas announced a new project earlier this month that will hopefully provide valuable data to the community: the Climate Atlas. The interactive map, funded by a grant from NASA, will highlight the neighborhoods in Austin being impacted by climate change.
Nov. 11, 2022
Op-Ed: Social Media Platforms’ Struggles with Misinformation and Racism: Challenges and Paths Forward
From “fake news” screenshots to conspiratorial claims, the lead up to the 2022 Midterm elections has shown that misinformation remains a problem in public discourse. This is especially harmful for minority groups and underrepresented populations, as they tend to be the target of misinformation-motivated vitriol.