Two notes in one. I just published a HuffPost article, The Right to Breathe Easy, about the global crisis in air quality. Technology has a very real potential to help; however, as we talk about in Robot Futures, the real challenge is, what will be the power relationship between air sensor technology, the information gathered, corporations and the public? Will the public be empowered by new technology to make the invisible visible, to close the loop and improve their circumstance with power, or will corporations tell us what to do, sell our behavioral analytics with respect to air also, and take away even more personal control authority from citizens?
Second note- I will be giving a talk on Human-Robot Interaction at HRI 2015 in Portland, Oregon on Monday. I hope to see some of you there!