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Open Hardware: An Opportunity to Build Better Science
Open hardware for science is an alternative approach to the creation and use of scientific instrumentation and tools, and is an opportunity to think differently about science. A national science strategy that prioritizes open hardware can build a foundation to accelerate scientific progress, address global challenges, and further complementary policy priorities. This report addresses the need to build a stronger foundation for science by prioritizing open hardware, describes the unique benefits of open hardware alongside complementary policy priorities, and briefly lays out implementation challenges to overcome.Read more
Research Directions | Esports: Health and Safety at the Collegiate Level
Esports, the competitive play of video games, is an industry that is in many ways outpacing itself... especially when it comes to supporting the physical and mental health of college students. What can we do? Dr. Elizabeth M H Newbury, Director of the Serious Games Initiative, outlines research directions.Get in the game
5G Beyond Borders: Publications
Wilson Center Technology Labs
The Wilson Center's Technology Labs provide the knowledge foundation for core science and technology policy topics through a six-week seminar themes series.
From DIY microscopes made from paper and household items, to low cost and open microprocessors supporting research from cognitive neuroscience to oceanography, to low cost sensors measuring air quality in communities around the world, the things of science -- that is, the physical tools that generate data or contribute to scientific processes -- are changing the way that science happens.
Earth Challenge 2020
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In recognition of this milestone Earth Day Network, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Department of State are launching Earth Challenge 2020 as the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign.
The Fiscal Ship Game
Can you captain us out of national debt? Play the Fiscal Ship to learn about the federal budget and fiscal sustainability.
The Plastic Pipeline
Global Mosquito Alert
The Global Mosquito Alert Consortium is a new citizen science initiative that aims to leverage networks of scientists and volunteers for the global surveillance and control of the mosquito species known to carry the following diseases: Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue, malaria and the West Nile virus. The Global Mosquito Alert will be an open, common set of protocols and toolkit that is augmented with modular components created to meet both global and local research and management needs.
Fresh From CTRL Forward, a blog of the Science and Technology Innovation Program
Games Roundup: Artificial Intelligence
For this Games Round Up, we wanted to gather up some learning tools that help make AI more accessible for all ages. We found games that attempt to build learning around artificial intelligence in two ways. The first is the science behind artificial intelligence: how machine learning works, how it is built, and how it influences our day to day. The second way is the ethics of artificial intelligence and the role that AI plays in society. How can people work alongside artificial intelligence; how does algorithmic bias happen and what does it mean?
Announcing Beyond Bans: A New Research Program on Facial Recognition
New technologies promise to help make America more safe and secure, or improve our quality of life. Chief among these are biometric technologies like facial recognition technologies (FRT)-- but academia, the private sector, civil society, and government actors are all flagging ethical concerns. With the launch of Beyond Bans, we seek to understand, translate, and demonstrate the complexity of the ethics of FRT consumer technologies.
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