IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, March 2017


Calls for Papers
ISTAS 2017 — Sydney, AustraliaPresident’s Message
SSIT’s 45th Anniversary
Paul Cunningham

News and Notes
T&S and Robotics and Automation Team Up
for Bonus Distribution

Thank You to Greg Adamson

Guest Editorial

Socio-Ethical Implications of Implantable
Technologies in the Military Sector

Katina Michael, M.G. Michael, Jai C. Galliot,
and Rob Nicholls

Ethical Imperatives for Veteran
Healthcare Resources

Book Review
Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and
Society in an Age of High Technology

Industry Viewpoint

Military Applications of Invasive
Brain Stimulation

Melanie Segado

*Refereed articles.

What if My Disability Will not be Relevant in the Future?
Laszlo G. LovaszyHuman Microchipping, Past, Present, and … Future?
Gary Retherford

Religion, Science, and Technology —
An Interview with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

MG Michael and Katina Michael

Leading Edge
Children and Technology
Kimberly Young


Brain Implants and Memory
R.E. BurnettEthics and Brain Implants in the Military
Marcus Wigan

Why Did the 3D Revolution Fail?
Pawel Rotter

Are Technologies Innocent? *
Part Six: The Dilution of Responsibility Argument

Michael Arnold and Christopher Pearce

Concluding Remarks
Implantable Technologies in the Military Sector
Philip Hall

Last Word
ODE to… Digital Humility
Christine Perakslis


Human by Design
Nadja Oertelt
Contributors: Adam Arabian, E. Christian Brugger, Michael Chorost,
Nita A. Farahany, Samantha Payne, and Will Rosellini

Exoskeletons, Transhumanism,
and Culture – Performing Superhuman Feats*

Isabel Pedersen and Tanner Mirrlees

Regulation of the Use of Nanotechnology in Armed Conflict*
Kobi Leins

Implanting Military RFID – Rights and Wrongs*
Rob Nicholls

System Configuration Contributions to Vulnerability*
Lindsay Robertson and Albert Munoz

Military Insertables – Lessons from Civilian Use*
Kayla J. Heffernan, Frank Vetere, and Shanton Chang

Can Implants Be Weapons Under the Law?*
Timothy McFarland

Taking the Long View of Nanotechnology’s Societal Implications
Sepehr Ghazinoory, Fatemeh Saghafi, and Sahar Kousari

*Refereed articles.

Call for Papers – Robotics and Social Implications – Joint Special Issue

IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine are pleased to announce a Joint Special Issue for March 2018.

Due dates for authors are as follows:

1 May 2017: Submission deadline
1 August 2017: First decision communicated to authors
20 November 2017: Final acceptance decision communicated to authors
10 December 2017: Final manuscripts uploaded by authors

Additional information about each call for papers is available below. For further inquiries, please email Katina Michael at:

#1: Robotics and Social Implications in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (M-T&S).

Guest Editors: Ramona Pringle (Ryerson University), Diana Bowman (Arizona State University), Meg Leta Jones (Georgetown University), and Katina Michael (University of Wollongong)

Robots have been used in a variety of applications, everything from healthcare to automation. Robots for repetitive actions exude accuracy and specificity. Robots don’t get tired, although they do require maintenance, they can be on 24×7, although stoppages in process flows can happen frequently due to a variety of external factors. It is a fallacy that robots don’t require human inputs and can literally run on their own without much human intervention. And yet, there is a fear surrounding the application of robots mostly swelled by sensational media reports and the science fiction genre. Anthropomorphic robots have also caused a great deal of concern for consumer advocate groups who take the singularity concept very seriously.

It is the job of technologists to dispel myths about robotics, and to raise awareness and in so doing robot literacy, the reachable limits of artificial intelligence imbued into robots, and the positive benefits that can be gained by future developments in the field. This special will focus on the hopes of robot application in non-traditional areas and the plausible intended and unintended consequences of such a trajectory.

Engineers in sensor development, artificial consciousness, components assemblage, visual and aesthetic artistry are encouraged to engage with colleagues from across disciplines- philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists, humanities scholars, experts in English and creative writing, journalists and communications specialists- to engage in this call. Multidisciplinary teams of researchers are requested to submit papers addressing pressing socio-ethical issues in order to provide inputs on how to build more robust robotics that will address citizen issues. For example:

  • How can self-driving cars make more ethical decisions?
  • How can co-working with robots becoming an acceptable practice to humans?
  • How might there be more fluent interactions between humans and robots?
  • Can drones have privacy-by-design incorporated into their controls?

This issue calls for technical strategic-level and high-level design papers that have a social science feel to them, and are written for a general audience. The issue encourages researchers to ponder on the socio-ethical implications stemming from their developments, and how they might be discussed in the general public.

Visit the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine submission portal.
#2: Socio-ethical Approaches to Robotics Development in IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine

Guest Editors: Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield), Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente), John C. Havens (The Global Initiative for Ethical Concerns in the Design of Autonomous Systems), and Katina Michael (University of Wollongong).

Converging approaches adopted by engineers, computer scientists and software developers have brought together niche skillsets in robotics for the purposes of a complete product, prototype or application. Some robotics developments have been met with criticism, especially those of an anthropomorphic nature or in a collaborative task with humans. Due to the emerging role of robotics in our society and economy, there is an increasing need to engage social scientists and more broadly humanities scholars in the field. In this manner we can furthermore ensure that robots are developed and implemented considering the socio-ethical implications that they raise.

This call for papers, supposes that more recently, projects have brought on board personnel with a multidisciplinary background to ask those all important questions about “what if” or “what might be” at a time that the initial idea generation is occurring to achieve a human-centered design. The ability to draw these approaches into the “design” process, means that areas of concern to the general public are addresses. These might include issues surrounding consumer privacy, citizen security, individual trust, acceptance, control, safety, fear of job loss and more.

In introducing participatory practices into the design process, preliminary results can be reached to inform the developers of the way in which they should consider a particular course of action. This is not to halt the freedom of the designer, but rather to consider the value-laden responsibility that designers have in creating things for the good of humankind, independent of their application.

This call seeks to include novel research results demonstrated on working systems that incorporate in a multidisciplinary approach technological solutions which respond to socio-ethical issues. Ideally this RAM paper is complemented by a paper submitted in parallel to T&SM that investigates the application from a socio-ethical viewpoint.

Visit The IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine submission portal.

IEEE T&S Magazine, December 2016




World Building and the Future of Media*icon.access.locked
Laura Cechanowicz, Brian Cantrell, and Alex McDowell

Technologies of Taste*icon.access.locked
Johanna Blakley

The Life and Contributions of Countess Ada Lovelace*icon.access.locked
Imogen R. Coe and Alexander Ferworn

How to Avoid a Robotic Apocalypse*icon.access.locked
Christopher DiCarlo

    Future Relations between Humans and Artificial Intelligence*icon.access.locked
     Arisa Ema, Naonori Akiya, Hirotaka Osawa, Hiromitsu Hattori, Shinya Oie, Ryutaro Ichise, Nobutsuga Kanzaki, Minao Kukita, Reina Saijo, Otani Takushi, Naoki Miyano, and Yoshimi Yashiro

    Embedded Software Under the Courtroom Microscope*icon.access.locked
    David M. Cummings





*Refereed articles.

Opinion Article Interview Article Help for Cybersex Addicts and Their Loved Ones


Calls for Papers
  IEEE 2017 International Symposium on
Technology and Society (ISTAS 2017)

  We Robot

President’s Message
  Listening to Our
  Greg Adamson

  Katina Michael

Book Reviews
  Reclaiming Conversation, by Sherry
  Reviewed by A. David Wunsch

  Help for Cybersex Addicts and Their Loved
  Kimberly Young

Updating a Declaration
John C. Havens
Home Is Where the AI Heart Is
Isabel Pedersen

  Are Technologies Innocent? Part V*icon.access.locked
  Michael Arnold and Christopher Pearce


Special Section

*Refereed articles.

Learn More
  Resources for Internet

Guest Editorial

Unintended Consequences of Living with
Ramona Pringle, Katina Michael and MG Michael


Mediating the
Rebecca Ricks


Love, Philosophy, and Processors:
Interview with a Robot*

Ramona Pringle


Crossing the Evolutionary Gap
Joe Carvalko

Lost Word
  Half-Life: Decay, Discernment and Human
  Christine Perakslis


“Remaining Human”

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Lost in Translation – Building a Common Language for Regulating Autonomous Weapons

by Marc Canellas and Rachel Haga

Autonomous weapons systems (AWS) are already here. Although some of the colloquial names for AWS may suggest science fiction (killer robots [1], [2], terminators [3], and cyborg assassins [3]), these systems are anything but fiction. Since the 1970s the U.S. Navy’s “Phalanx” Close-In Weapon System has been capable of “autonomously performing its own search, detect, evaluation, track, engage and kill assessment functions” against high-speed threats such as missiles, ships, aircraft, and helicopters [4]. Not limited to the U.S., Germany has developed a similar land vehicle defense system, the Active Vehicle Protection System, which has a reaction time of less than 400 ms when launching fragmentation grenades against incoming missiles [5].
AWS are possible due to the convergence of new technology supply and well-established military demand [6]. The drivers of military demand can be summed up as force multiplication, expanding the battle-space, extending the warfighters’ reach, and casualty reduction [7]. As for technology supply, over the past three decades, sensors and transmitters have decreased in cost while increasing in functionality. As a result, AWS sit at the intersection of novel automation capable of making decisions without humans and established lethal weapons.









IEEE T&S Magazine, September 2016




Moving ICTD Research Beyond Bungee Jumping Lost in Translation Smartphones, Biometrics, and a Brave New World


Conference Announcement
ISTAS 2016, Kerala, India

President’s Message
Is Ethics an Emerging Property?
Greg Adamson

Can Good Standards Propel Unethical Technologies?
Katina Michael

News and Notes
IEEE Technology and Society icon.access.freeMagazine Seeks Editor-in-Chief

Book Reviews
How Not to Network a Nation
Loren Graham

Leading Edge
Internet Governance, Security,
Privacy and the Ethical Dimension of ICTs in 2030

Vladimir Radunovic

The Paradox of the Uberveillance Equation
MG Michael

Can We Trust For-Profit Corporations to Protect Our Privacy?*icon.access.locked
Wilhelm E.J. Klein

Are Technologies Innocent?*icon.access.locked
Michael Arnold and Christopher Pearce

ICTs and Small Holder Farming
Janet Achora

Industry Perspective
Smart Cities: A Golden Age for Control Theory?
Emanuele Crisostomi, Robert Shorten, and Fabian Wirth

Last Word
An Ounce of Steel: Crucial
Christine Perakslis

*Refereed articles






Guest Editorial – Future of Sustainable
Paul M. Cunningham

Technology-Enhanced Learning in Kenyan Universities*icon.access.locked
Miriam Cunningham

Moving ICTD Research Beyond Bungee Jumping*icon.access.locked
Andy Dearden and William D. Tucker

Expanding the Design Horizon for Self-Driving Vehicles*icon.access.locked
Pascale-L. Blyth, Miloš N. Mladenovic´, Bonnie A. Nardi,
Hamid R. Ekbia, and Norman Makoto Su


Lost in Translation – Building a Common Language for Regulating
Autonomous Weapons*

Marc Canellas and Rachel Haga

Smartphones, Biometrics, and a Brave New World*icon.access.locked
Peter Corcoran and Claudia Costache

Ethics, Children, and Biometric Technology*icon.access.locked
Darelle van Greunen

Intelligent Subcutaneous Body Area Networks*icon.access.locked
P.A. Catherwood, D.D. Finlay, and J.A.D. McLaughlin

Humanitarian Cyber Operations*icon.access.locked
Jan Kallberg




*Refereed articles.

IEEE T&S Magazine, June 2016


VOL. 35, NO. 2, JUNE 2016

SPECIAL SECTION—Rise of the Robots:
Technology and Social Disruption


President’s Message
3 Do We Just “Build Stuff”?
Greg Adamson

Call for
4 ISTAS 2017 — Kerala, India

5 When Uber Cars Become Driverless: “They Won’t Need No Driver”
Katina Michael

In Memoriamtoc thumbnail minsky
11 Marvin Minsky 1927–
David Brin

12 Perfecting Sound
15 America’s Assembly Line
18 Rise of the Robots
20 The Cybernetics Moment
23 Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape
25 Digital Militarism

Leading Edge
29 When Smart Is Not: Technology and Michio Kaku’s The Future of the
Jeff Robbins

28 Social Network Neutrality, Anyone?
Nicholas Paul Sheppard
32 RFID Implant Developments: Where are We Headed and Why?
Sharon Rose Bradley-Munn
86 Are Technologies Innocent? Part Three: The Passive Instrument Argument*icon.access.locked
Michael Arnold and Christopher Pearce

Ethical Dilemmas
34 GM Ignition Switch Recall: Too Little Too Late?
Karl Stephan
36 Toyota: Not So Fast,
Karl Stephan

38 Uber Is Built on
Chris MacDonald

News and Notes
39 ISTAS 2016: An Update

Last Word
88 Militarized
Christine Perakslis


40_ Will My Next Car Be a Libertarian or a Utilitarian? Who Will Decide?*icon.access.locked
Tom Fourniercrop sample


46_ Sex Robot Matters — Slavery, the Prostituted, and the Rights of Machines*icon.access.lockedcopy of image to be used with sex robots article
Kathleen Richardson



54_ Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Disorders: Measuring Ethical Acceptability*icon.access.locked
Andreea Peca, Mark Coeckelbergh, Ramona Simut, Cristina Costescu, Sebastian Pintea, Daniel David, and Bram Vanderborght

67_ Flying Ad-Hoc Networks: Technological and Social Implications*icon.access.lockededitorial thumbnail drones
Wajiya Zafar and Bilal Muhammad Khan



75_ Privacy Policy Analysis of Popular Web Platforms*icon.access.locked
Stephanie Winkler and Sherali Zeadally

* Refereed articles.

T&S Magazine – March 2016



40_ Narrative, Design, and Comprehension: Connective Technologies and their Terms of Service Agreements*
Ramona Pringle

47_ Speed isn’t Enough: Usability and Adoption of an Optimized Alert Notification System*
Kimberly Zeitz, Randy Marchany, and Joseph Tront

56_ Evaluating Adversarial Interfaces*
Ryan Tate, Gregory Conti, Alexander Farmer, and Edward Sobiesk

69_ Protecting Workers from Step Voltage Hazards*
Aikaterini D. Baka and Nikolaos K. Uzunoglu

75_ Designing a Novel ECG Simulator: Multi-Modality Electrocardiography into a Three-Dimensional Wire Cube Network*
Youngseok Lee, Inbae Chang, and Sohyung Cho


President’s Message
3 Broadening SSIT
Greg Adamson

ISTAS’15 Welcome Address
4 Crafting an Ethical Global Society
President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

8 Smart Toys that are the Stuff of Nightmares
Emmeline Taylor and Katina Michael

10 Correction

News and Notes
11 New T&S Associate Editors
20 T&S Magazine Wins STC Award

Book Reviews
15 FM Power to the People
17 Probing the Sky

23 Class Size and Confidence Levels Among Female STEM Students
Pooja Sankar, Jessica Gilmartin, and Melissa Sobel

18 Is Big Data the New “God” on Earth?
Salvatore F. Pileggi
21 Bridging the Gap: How Technology Helps Food Artisans Connect with Consumers
Lior Lavy
27 Creepiness Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Anna Johnston

Letter to the Editor
39 Blockchain Thinking and Euphoric Hubris

29 If Privacy is Dead, What Can We Do Instead?*
Bogdan Hoanca
85 Are Technologies Innocent? Part Two: Human Exclusivity – Only Humans Can Be
Held to Moral Account*
Christopher Pearce and Michael Arnold

Last Word
88 Dagen Högertrafik (H-Day) and Risk Habituation
Christine Perakslis

*Refereed Articles

T&S Magazine December 2015

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IEEE Technology and Society Magazine

Volume 34, Number 4, December 2015


President’s Message
3 Improving Our “Engineering-Crazed” Image
Greg Adamson

Book Reviews
4 Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks
6 Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine

9 Reflecting on the Contribution of T&S Magazine to the IEEE
Katina Michael

Open Letter
15 Technology and Change

16 On the Road with Rick Sare… and Google Glass

17 Shakespeare, Social Media and Social Networks
Fernando A. Crespo, Sigifredo Laengle, Paula Baldwin Lind and Víctor Hugo Masías

Leading Edge
20 Corporate Individualism – Changing the Face of Capitalism
László G. Lovászy

23 Multimedia and Gaming Technologies for Telerehabilitation of Motor Disabilities
Andrea Proietti, Marco Paoloni, Massimo Panella, Luca Liparulo and Rosa Altilio

31 MoodTrek – A New App to Improve Mental HealthCare
Ganesh Gopalakrishna and Srivam Chellappan

33 Alternative Planning and Land Administration for Future Smart Cities
Soheil Sabri, Abbas Rajabifard, Serene Ho, Mohammad-Reza Namazi-Rad, and Christopher Pettit

36 Pharmaco-Electronics Emerge
Joseph R. Carvalko

41 Blockchain Thinking*
Melanie Swan

63 Information Paradox*
Levent V. Orman

54 Held Captive in the Cyberworld
Michael Eldred

Last Word
104 Digitus Secundus: The Swipe
Christine Perakslis

74_ The Value of Accountability in the Cloud*
Wouter M.P. Steijn and Maartje G.H. Niezen

83_ Shaping Our Technological Futures*
Reihana Mohideen and Rob Evans

88_ Driver Distraction from Dashboard and Wearable Interfaces*
Robert Rosenberger

100_ Are Technologies Innocent?*
Michael Arnold and Christopher Pearce

*Refereed articles.

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T&S Magazine Wins STC Award

IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, the flagship publication of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, has won a 2015-2016 Award of Distinguished at the Chapter level from the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

A Distinguished Award is the highest level STC award at the Chapter level, and means that T&S Magazine will now automatically be entered into the International STC Competition. The International Competition results will be announced later this year.

The Editor in Chief of T&S Magazine is Katina Michael of the University of Wollongong in Australia. Joe Herkert has recently served as Publications Chair. Terri Bookman is Managing Editor for the magazine.