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ASU KEDtalks: Water, a Pricing Paradox

Water is a dif­fi­cult com­mod­i­ty. It is free, and yet cost­ly. It is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly a pri­vate good, and a pub­lic good. It helps cities flour­ish finan­cial­ly, but now it is their finan­cial bur­den. Almost nobody pays for the water per se. The cost of water is the cost of mak­ing it avail­able at the right time, in the right place, and with the right qual­i­ty.

ASU KEDtalks: Unearthing the Secrets of Magma

When you think of mag­ma cham­bers you prob­a­bly think of red hot boil­ing goo. But actu­al­ly we as sci­en­tists have learned that that’s not a very good mod­el.

ASU KEDtalks: Solving the Unsolvable Problem

Today we face many high­ly com­plex chal­lenges both nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. From secu­ri­ty of our infor­ma­tion net­works, to plan­ning for and man­ag­ing nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, to emer­gence of new infec­tious dis­eases, to social and polit­i­cal con­flict through­out the world, these chal­lenges are messy, and high­ly inter­con­nect­ed.

ASU KEDtalks: Change Everything, All At Once

We live in a world of wild, dam­ag­ing, unsus­tain­able excess. We’re sur­round­ed by unhealthy food options. We live in places built for cars, not for walk­ing or bik­ing. We’re buried in our screens 247. We face calls to buy stuff, end­less­ly. And we live in a con­sumer cul­ture that is depen­dent on the notion of dis­pos­al. But here’s the thing. These excess­es are so ful­ly nor­mal­ized, they so ful­ly meet our expec­ta­tions of how every­day life ought to look, that we no longer real­ly see them as exces­sive at all.

ASU KEDtalks: Carbon is a Terrible Thing to Waste

For this the­o­ret­i­cal physi­cist here it seemed actu­al­ly very sim­ple. It’s a con­ser­va­tion law. If you take car­bon out of the ground and you put it into the sys­tem it will stay there unless you take it back out. From a soci­etal per­spec­tive, this is much much more com­pli­cat­ed because as we fix it there will be win­ners and losers.

ASU KEDtalks: Staying Ahead of Cyberattacks

What if cyber attacks could be pre­dict­ed? What if before a major attack occurred, we would know pre­cise­ly the right pre­cau­tions to take?

ASU KEDtalks: Preventing Predictable Disasters

We could be learn­ing from the lived expe­ri­ence of peo­ple in the I‑10 cor­ri­dor. We should be lis­ten­ing to their sto­ries, record­ing them, and respond­ing to the issues in their com­mu­ni­ties.

ASU KEDtalks Podcast: Preventing Predictable Disasters

The Ten Across project is…a twenty-four-hundred mile-long stretch of high­way, obvi­ous­ly on the I‑10, that goes from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and all the major cities in between. Looking at those cities, Phoenix includ­ed of course, the Phoenix metro area, we think we see a lab­o­ra­to­ry for the future in those places.

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