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Episode 89: Autonomous Systems and People with Disabilities

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


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Krista Kennedy, Ph.D. Associate Professor Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Dr. Diane Wiener, Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach


From robots making food deliveries to drones aiding in search and rescue missions, to self-driving cars, automation and technology are changing the way we live. According to experts in the field, “automation shifts responsibility from humans and lets intelligent machines take control” (Mumm, H., 2019). This shift in automation has begun to alter the way we live; and its impacts on society are yet to be seen.

With an eye to the future, in May of 2019 Syracuse University started the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI). The goal of the ASPI is keeping technology from outpacing policy in the quickly growing field of autonomous systems and technology.

Please join us for the next episode of ADA Live! when our guest, Syracuse University Associate Professor Dr. Krista Kennedy and as host, our Burton Blatt Institute colleague Diane Wiener, discuss the exciting work of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI), the importance of “human/machine collaboration” and the opportunities and challenges autonomous systems hold for persons with disabilities.

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The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute at Syracuse University
The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute at Syracuse University is a campus wide institute dedicated to the interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on the design, governance, and wider implications of autonomous systems, and critically engage in shape the policy and ethical frameworks that guide the use and development of autonomous systems. The institute’s work focuses on autonomous systems from driverless cars to unmanned aerial vehicles, to maritime systems. This broad approach plus the institute’s interdisciplinary research allows it to offer a synthesizing critical perspective on how autonomous systems impact the world around us and what kinds of policies, norms and practices can best shape their ethical and fair use.

The institute brings academic insight, community need, and industry development into conversation and joint action. It involves faculty from all over Syracuse University schools and colleges, and creates research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students across campus. The institute also hosts speaker series, public events, and student and faculty workshops. For more information about the Autonomous System Policy Institute, visit their website at