Technology and Narrative Lab

Examining Applications and Implications of Emerging Technology

Just as technology advancements continue to increase in size and scope, so do their impact on society. But many policymaking processes and analytic approaches remain rooted in outmoded 20th century models and capabilities.

In Pardee RAND's Tech and Narrative Lab (TNL), policy analysts can apply new and emerging technologies to study policy problems and create novel policy solutions, as well as understand the policy implications of new and emerging technologies.

TNL embodies a philosophy of curiosity and experimentation within the broad context of policy analysis and action.

The lab currently focuses on four categories of technology:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
  • Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VAMR),
  • the Internet of Things (IoT), and
  • Digital Gaming

But the TNL is more than just a place. It embodies a philosophy of curiosity and experimentation within the broad context of policy analysis and action. The TNL serves as a hub for students and researchers interested in technology issues, as well as a connective tissue between the graduate school, RAND research, and external collaborators, including academia, government, and the private sector. The TNL is all about hands-on work, collaboration, and exploration. It employs the best practices of technology start-ups — rapid prototyping, developing a "minimum viable product," and iterating. This combines with an ethos of curiosity, exploration, play, learning and growing from failure, and doing rather than just thinking.

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