UCI News

Science, June 24, 2016
The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles
Azim Shariff, University of California, Irvine, [and co-authors, write]: When it becomes possible to program decision-making based on moral principles into machines, will self-interest or the public good predominate? In a series of surveys, Bonnefon et al. found that even though participants approve of autonomous vehicles that might sacrifice passengers to save others, respondents would prefer not to ride in such vehicles.

The Huffington Post, June 23, 2016
In a deadly crash, who should a driverless car kill − or save?
“Around 90 percent of those accidents are due to human error,” Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and a co-author of the study, said at a press conference. “Autonomous vehicles promise to change all that for the better, but there are barriers to their wide adoption. A number of those are technological barriers, but they’re also psychological ones.”

NPR, June 23, 2016
The long history of sit-ins as a form of political expression
NPR’s Audie Cornish talks to David Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, about the historical use of the sit-in and its origins as a form of political expression. … David Meyer: “The sit-in grew out of the sit-down strike, which came out of the labor movement.”

South China Morning Post, June 24, 2016
What would Mao have made of Xi Jinping’s China?
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history at UC Irvine, says notwithstanding his fondness for quoting Mao, the current chairman’s enthusiasm for Confucian values, for one, would not have impressed.

Nature World News, June 24, 2016
UC Irvine scientists develop new method in converting plastic garbage to liquid fuel
“Synthetic plastics are a fundamental part of modern life, but our use of them in large volume has created serious environmental problems,” said UCI chemist Zhibin Guan and co-author of the study, in a press release. “Our goal through this research was to address the issue of plastic pollution as well as achieving a beneficial outcome of creating a new source of liquid fuel.”

Previously “In the News”