Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. His first book, Moving Violations: A History of Automobile Regulation in the United States, will be published with Johns Hopkins University Press. He is broadly interested in the relationship between government and technological change and has written articles on a variety of topics, including energy policy, innovation policy, and the regulation of safety and pollution. Together with Andy Russell he is co-organizer of The Maintainers, a network of scholars and practitioners who are fascinated with maintenance, repair, and infrastructure.
The emergence of hybrid infrastructure—infrastructure that integrates digital technology with physical infrastructure—will be more efficient and sustainable than the concrete roads and bridges of yesteryear. But the new technologies raise the question of whether to prioritize maintaining existing infrastructure or deploying innovative new infrastructure.