The Government of Argentina under President Mauricio Macri is putting enormous emphasis on the role of technology and innovations to improve public policy. At the invitation of the Office of Public Innovation and Open Government of Argentina’s Ministry of Modernization. CMU-A head Prof Emil Bolongaita gave a seminar in Buenos Aires on 14 December 2017 on Carnegie Mellon’s research and development of high-level technology and their implications and applications for public policy.
Prof Bolongaita spoke of CMU’s world-leading R&D in the technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), notably autonomous vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, and internet of things.
Starting his talk his recent ride in an autonomous Uber taxi in Pittsburgh developed by former CMU engineers, Prof Bolongaita described research projecting the impact of 4IR technologies on driving economic growth, empowering small and medium enterprises, and fostering leap-frog strategies for underdeveloped countries.
At the same time, he spoke of CMU’s parallel research in public policy to address potential negative externalities of 4IR technologies, namely job losses and corporate dislocations, economic inequality and political instability, concentration of corporate power, and cyberattacks. He cited Heinz College’s new Center for the Future of Work as being a thought leader on the impact of 4IR technologies in the United States and elsewhere.
Prof Bolongaita concluded his presentation with a discussion on the skills that professionals need to strengthen to become more effective in this new era, notably complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and emotional intelligence.
He said that public policy professionals such as those in the Office of Public Innovation and Open Government have “a vital mission to ensure that these new technologies lead to more and more public innovations that also foster political, economic and social inclusion.”