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IEEE Technology and Society Magazine - Past Issues 2014 - 2017

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  • Human Military Robot

    T&S Magazine, March 2017

    Special Issue on Military Use of Implantable Technologies

    Vol. 36, No. 1

    Advanced technologies that were once the stuff of science fiction have catapulted into the the military marketplace.

    We now have exoskeletons, wearable headsets with accelerated night vision, armaments with increased durability in rugged conditions, and the ability for central command without human intervention. Is this the emergence of the so-called super-soldier, a type of Iron Man?

     

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  • T&S Magazine, December 2016

    Unintended Consequences of Technology

    How will the increasing penetration of artificial intelligence technologies into affect our lives? Unintended and/or unanticipated consequences of these technologiesRead More

    Vol. 35, No. 4

    How will the increasing penetration of artificial intelligence technologies affect our lives? Unintended and/or unanticipated consequences of these technologies and can have positive, negative, or even perverse impacts.

    ON THE COVER:
    Random strangers encountered on the Sapphire Coast of Australia were asked: “What are the unintended consequences of technology?” Some of their responses appear here.

     

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  • September 2016

    Technology, Culture, and Ethics

    Pervasive technologies have an intentionality, and they have inherent qualities that can be used positively or negatively. When we investigateRead More

    Vol. 35, No. 3, Fall 2016

    Pervasive technologies have an intentionality, and they have inherent qualities that can be used positively or negatively.

    When we investigate a technology such as RFID implants that involve the piercing of the skin, we have a complexity that we’ve never before faced in the non-medical commercial space. It crosses the boundaries of negligence, consent, and human rights, which we cannot ignore or treat as just another run-of-the-mill technological innovation.

     

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  • June 2016

    Rise of the Robots: Technology and Social Disruption

    Where are we headed? What trajectory are we on? Terra incognita: “Here be dragons.” In the final iconic scene inRead More

    Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2016

    Where are we headed? What trajectory are we on? Terra incognita: “Here be dragons.”

    In the final iconic scene in Planet of the Apes, we see Taylor the protagonist, fall to his knees and bury his head in his hands at being confronted with a half-sunken Statue of Liberty washed by the waves. He thinks out aloud how this might have all happened at the hands of humans, and he says, “you blew it all up…” The “you” may well end up being the machines.

     

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  • March 2016

    Hidden Conditions

    Personal data is a commodity, and there is great incentive for those profiting from that commodity to conceal the waysRead More

    Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2016

    Personal data is a commodity, and there is great incentive for those profiting from that commodity to conceal the ways in which our personal data is being collected, used, and shared.

    As such, principles of design and narrative are applied so that the benefits of connective devices and platforms are obvious — but risks are camouflaged in densely constructed fine print in terms of service agreements.

     

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  • T&S Magazine, December 2015

    Blockchains

    Blockchains are a new form of information technology that may have important future applications. Blockchain thinking formulates thinking as aRead More

    Vol. 34, No. 4

    Blockchains are a new form of information technology that may have important future applications.

    Blockchain thinking formulates thinking as a blockchain process, with possible benefits for both artificial intelligence and human enhancement.

     

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  • T&S Magazine, September 2015

    Special Issue on 2014 Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

    IEEE ISTAS 2016 will be held at Trivandrum, Kerala, India, from October 20-22, 2016. The inauguration of the event hasRead More

    Vol. 34, No. 3

    In this issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine we acknowledge one of the quintessential multi-disciplinarians of our time, Dr. Norbert Wiener (1894–1964), the Father of Cybernetics. During his life, Wiener influenced mathematics, philosophy, science, technology, ethics, biology, prosthesis, education, manufacturing, and many other fields. He was an early practitioner of diversity and social inclusion, and an advocate of social responsibility in the development of technology. He predicted the social impact of robotic, cybernetic, and other technologies on the future of society, and after several decades his writings retain their relevance.


  • T&S Magazine, June 2015

    Special Issue on Ethics / ISTAS 2015

    IEEE ISTAS, the annual flagship event of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), in 2015 will provideRead More

    Informed Consent for Deep Brain Stimulation

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapy used to relieve the symptoms of movement disorders, specifically dystonia, essential tremor, and the effects of Parkinson disease. It is currently also being studied for a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses.

    DBS is complicated to employ, requiring the coordinated effort of a team of health care professionals, chiefly a neurosurgeon, a neurologist, and a neuropsychologist.

    What should a patient know before they allow a physician to control a part of their brain? What are the ramifications of this widely used DBS therapy?

    Vol. 34, No. 2


  • T&S Magazine, March 2015

    Social and Economic Sustainability.

    It is difficult not to be cynical about plans to “wire the world.” These technological initiatives sound good, but withRead More

    Vol. 34, No. 1

    As we strive to mainstream alternate energy sources and make them accessible in resource poor communities [4], how do we think beyond the technological and economic dimensions and ensure respect for social, political, and environmental imperatives?

     


  • December 2014

    All This Technology

    Surely some good can come from it! The clock is ticking but that “thing” is pinging A voicemail Another emailRead More

    Vol. 33, No. 4, Winter 2014


  • September 2014

    Technology for Collective Action

    Developing socio-technical (eco) systems raises engineering challenges, but offers important new opportunities for successful collective action. One challenge lies inRead More

    Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall 2014


  • person immersed in virtual reality

    T&S Magazine, Summer 2014

    Beyond Human

    Is more than human better? Evolving in ways that could improve our lives can only be a good thing. ButRead More

    Vol. 33, No. 2

    Homo sapiens may dictate the next stage of evolution through the use of technology. Who wouldn’t want the ability to “jack into” all the world’s knowledge sources in an instant via a network? Who wouldn’t want instant access to their life-pages filled with all those memorable occasions? Or even the ability to slow down the process of aging, as long as living longer equated to living with mind and body fully intact. Transhumanists would have us believe that these things are not only possible but inevitable.

     


  • T&S Magazine, Spring 2014

    Smart Grids and Social Networks

    We are concerned that trust is being undermined to the detriment of social capital, thereby adversely affecting our ability toRead More

    Vol. 33, No. 1

    A reinvention of social capital is crucial for the development of the next generation of socio-technical systems. This is necessary not only to address systemic problems that threaten the sustainability of institutions and physical infrastructure, but also to understand and explain the processes through which socially resilient and sustainable institutions emerge and adapt.