Good Systems

AI technologies can help build smarter cities by using data to improve services, such as public safety, transit systems, and emergency response. They can also help us evaluate how new infrastructure, such as public transportation lines, will affect access to housing, jobs, and public services.

Good Systems

AI-based technologies used by cities and organizations have been shown to exhibit racial bias, and yet, they can determine who gets access to employment, care, and adequate housing.

Planet Texas 2050

Developing new technologies that combine and analyze data in new ways helps us make accurate predictions about hurricanes and other disasters, resulting in better, more informed decisions.

Good Systems

A lack of affordable housing is a major problem in US cities from the Bay Area to Boston. Austin is no exception. In 2015, the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area was named one of the most economically segregated areas in the country.

Good Systems

This project reports on how media representations shape public perceptions of AI and then uses findings to explore how Good Systems might better represent everyday interactions with AI to the public. 

Good Systems

Cities are adopting camera technologies, including public video cameras and sensors, that use AI to process visual data with the promise of improving services, enhancing management capabilities, and lowering costs. 

Good Systems

This project investigates comparative policies around the creation and use of video data in the public sector. As more cities deploy monitoring and sensing technologies, cameras are in the front lines of data-gathering in traffic, policing, and health and safety.

Whole Communities–Whole Health

How does indoor air quality affect childhood asthma? This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is testing a new approach that attempts to answer this question.

Planet Texas 2050

This project will pilot a model for collaboration between artists, scientists, and their communities through dialogue and engagement. The process will address at least three gaps in current practices: the failure to communicate scientific information about climate change effectively, theatre’s poor engagement with scientific research, and poor engagement with communities surrounding artistic and scientific research.