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Consequential is a podcast that develops meaningful plans of action for policymakers, technologists and everyday people to build the kind of future that reduces inequality, improves quality of life and considers humanity. The show is produced by Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Informat… read more

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Consequential Policymaking: What's Next?

February 16th, 2022


After a bill as significant as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is signed into law, both regulators and the general public have important …

Investing in our Future Workforce

February 2nd, 2022


The pandemic may have accelerated the future of work, but it is certainly not the only factor necessitating targeted investment in the workforce. This week's episode looks at legislation aimed at reskilling and …

The Infrastructure of Care

January 19th, 2022


Care is one of the most integral aspects of our society, and one of the most contentious aspects of infrastructure legislation. This week's episode …

Transit of the Future

December 22nd, 2021


Public transportation is one of the most critical aspects of our infrastructure, but it is also one of the most imperiled and underfunded. This week's episode looks at how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan's historic …

The World's Largest Machine

December 8th, 2021


Our electrical grid has been called the world's largest machine, but it's in need of some serious updates. This week's episode looks at a few …

Intro to Infrastructure

November 24th, 2021


While infrastructure may have taken center stage in this year's policy discussions, the United States has been trying to figure out what to do about …

Season 4 Trailer - Consequential Policymaking

November 10th, 2021


What are the long-term impacts of targeted investments in our physical and human infrastructure? Beginning November 24, Season 4 of the Consequential …

Is Information Democratized?

February 17th, 2021


In the age of the Internet, a lot of information is at our fingertips. But is it accessible, reliable and up-to-date? In the season finale of Consequential, we're discussing information inequality with guests Asia …

Language, Power and NLP

February 3rd, 2021


Natural language processing is the branch of artificial intelligence that allows computers to recognize, analyze and replicate human language. But when it’s hard enough for humans to say what they mean most of the time, …

Why does open source have such a wide gender gap?

January 20th, 2021


Open source software is the infrastructure of the Internet, but it is less diverse than the tech industry overall. In this deep-dive on gender in …

Is the presence of a human enough to regulate an AI decision-making system?

December 30th, 2020


From helping to identify tumors to guiding trading decisions on Wall Street, artificial intelligence has begun to inform important decision-making, but always with the input of a human. However, not all humans respond …

Enron, Wikipedia and the Deal with Biased Low-Friction Data

December 16th, 2020


The Enron emails helped give us spam filters, and many natural language processing and fact-checking algorithms rely on data from Wikipedia. While …

Can automation make peer review faster and fairer?

December 2nd, 2020


Peer review is the backbone of research, upholding the standards of accuracy, relevance and originality. However, as innovation in the fields of AI …

Enjoy The Long Weekend!

November 25th, 2020


We're taking a day off today from our episode and will be back in December. Have a great holiday weekend!

Is Crowdsourcing the Answer to our Data Diversity Problem?

November 11th, 2020


Traditional scientific research has a data diversity problem. Online platforms, such as Mechanical Turk, give researchers access to a wider variety …

If Banning Bots Won't Stop Disinformation, What Will?

October 28th, 2020


Disinformation is as old as the printing press, if not older. So what has accelerated its spread now, and what can be done to stop it? On this …

Knowledge Production and the Bias Pipeline: The Story of the EEG

October 21st, 2020


In the first episode of Season 3 of Consequential, hosts Eugene and Lauren look at how underlying biases in the development of the EEG have impacted …

Season 3 Trailer - Knowledge is Power

October 8th, 2020


In Season 3 of Consequential, hosts Eugene and Lauren will be exploring knowledge production in the Information Age. Beginning on October 21, this season will examine how AI and machine learning will impact research …

How Do You Reopen A State?

June 11th, 2020


Today we're asking our experts: how do you coordinate a crisis response to an issue like COVID-19, where every public health decision has economic ramifications, and every economic decision has a direct impact on public …

An Update from Consequential

June 3rd, 2020


With consideration to the events of the past week and in order to hold space for the voices that are boldly challenging systemic racism and …

Death by a Thousand Emails

May 20th, 2020


Can teams still be effective when working together remotely? Is working from home the future of work? In this week’s episode, hosts Eugene and …

How will COVID-19 Change Higher Ed?

May 6th, 2020


In the span of just two weeks, the entire American higher education system moved online due to COVID-19. While this is often considered a …

Sorry, Your Phone Says You Have Anxiety

April 22nd, 2020


How will certain new standards for data sharing and surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic impact the future of healthcare? In episode two of Consequential's two-part deep-dive on pandemics, public health and …

Pandemics, Public Data, and Privacy

April 8th, 2020


Mobile data records, tracking devices and government-mandated selfies have played a large role in both enforcing quarantines and providing …

Update: Season 2 & Coronavirus Miniseason

April 1st, 2020


In light of recent developments related to COVID-19, we have decided to push back our second season to focus instead on what we can learn from the …

A Policy Roadmap

December 20th, 2019


Over the last 9 episodes, we’ve presented a variety of questions and concerns relating to the impacts of technology, specifically focusing on …

Paging Dr. Robot

December 18th, 2019


Don’t worry, your next doctor probably isn’t going to be a robot. But as healthcare tech finds its way into both the operating room and your living …

The Future of Work

December 11th, 2019


If artificial intelligence can do certain tasks better than we can, what does that mean for the concept of work as we know it? We will cover human-AI …

A Particular Set of Skills

December 4th, 2019


The World Economic Forum has found that while automation could eliminate 75 million jobs by 2022, it could also create 133 million new jobs. In this …

Staying Connected

November 27th, 2019


If you think about any piece of pop culture about the future, it takes place in a city. Whether we realize it or not, when we imagine the future, we …

Bursting the Education Bubble

November 20th, 2019


Big data disrupted the entertainment industry by changing the ways that people develop, distribute and access content, and it may soon do the same …

Fair Enough

November 13th, 2019


Everyone has a different definition of what fairness means - including algorithms. As municipalities begin to rely on algorithmic decision-making, many of the people impacted by these AI systems may not intuitively …

Data Subjects and Manure Entrepreneurs

November 6th, 2019


Every time you order a shirt, swipe on a dating app or even stream this podcast, your data is contributing to the growing digital architecture that powers artificial intelligence. But where does that leave you? In our …

The Black Box

October 30th, 2019


Inside the black box, important decisions are being made that may affect the kinds of jobs you apply for and are selected for, the candidates you’ll learn about and vote for, or even the course of action your doctor …

Disruption Disrupted

October 23rd, 2019


Are the robots coming for your job? The answer isn’t quite that simple. We look at what’s real and what’s hype in the narrative of industry …

This is Consequential

October 18th, 2019


Our future isn’t a coin flip. In an age of artificial intelligence and increasing automation, Consequential looks at our digital future and discusses what’s significant, what’s coming and what we can do about it. Over …

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