2023 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting

Special Lecture on Engineering and Society

Details
October
01
2023
02
00
PM
to
October
01
2023
03
15
PM
(UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Auditorium

Our society is struggling to engineer heterogeneous systems of people and technologies. For instance, our systems for dealing with pandemics, climate change, inequality, and financial stress have fallen short, in significant part because of unanticipated human behaviors. Perhaps as a consequence, Congress’s new infrastructure bill expands the definition of “infrastructure” to include human or social infrastructure. Drawing on examples from several countries and various domains, this lecture will illuminate new approaches to engineering ecosystems that better integrate human behavior and discuss how new technologies like large language models (LLMs) and privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) are being applied to these problems.