The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
The proliferation of new technologies, including connected vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems, and micromobility devices, on our nation's network of roads and highways has brought new safety opportunities and challenges that must be managed in the years ahead to ensure all road users remain safe. All road users are learning the capabilities and limitations of these technologies in real-time, which can bring new road hazards that must be addressed. Between now and 2030, policymakers and regulators will need to guide deployment of these new technologies to maximize benefits while minimizing harm for all road users. This conversation will feature 3 fellows working at the intersection of technology and transportation policy as they share their experiences and knowledge on current trends in the sector that will change the ways Americans move themselves and goods through 2030.
Devin Gladden, Technology and Public Purpose Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Devin Gladden (he/him) is an energy, technology, and transportation policy professional who has worked on a variety of climate change and international issues. As a Technology and Public Purpose Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, his research is focused on the impact of public opinion on the deployment and acceptance of autonomous vehicles. Additionally, in his role at AAA National as a manager for federal energy and technology policy, he covers a range of vehicle related issues — including gas prices, deployment of electric vehicles, and safety policy for self-driving cars.
Agata Ciesielski, Presential Innovation Fellow, General Services Administration
Agata Ciesielski (she/her) is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow detailed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO). Her work at DOT centers on developing the agency’s AI and data strategies as they apply to transportation. Agata has been working in the field of machine learning, robotics, space and biomedical engineering for the last 20 years. Her most recent professional experience involved developing cutting edge algorithms for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab for COVID-19, advanced molecular development, and lifelong learning.
Kamya Jagadish, Presential Innovation Fellow, US Department of Transportation
Kamya Jagadish (she/her) is a Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) currently serving the Department of Transportation in the Intelligent Transportation Services Joint Program Office, where she is strategizing around the future of transportation technology, its adoption, and its equity and climate impacts. Prior to PIF, she worked as a data scientist and product growth manager at technology companies including Facebook and most recently Lime.