Category: Magazine Articles

Virtual Reality: Ethical Challenges and Dangers

By on January 14th, 2019 in Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Ethics, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

As VR has hit the mainstream, much debate has arisen over its ethical complexities. Traditional moral responsibilities do not always translate to the digital world. One aspect we argue is essential to ethical responsibility for virtual reality is that VR solutions must integrate ethical analysis into the design process, and practice dissemination of best practices.

Implantable Technology

By on January 3rd, 2019 in Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Robotics, Societal Impact

Many recent advances in implantable devices not so long ago would have been strictly in the domain of science fiction. At the same time, the public remains mystified, if not conflicted about implantable technologies. Rising awareness about social issues related to implantable devices requires further exploration.

Complacency is the New Normal

By on December 6th, 2018 in Entries, Ethics, Magazine Articles, President's Message, Privacy & Security, Societal Impact

The level of state surveillance practiced in the supposedly illiberal regimes prior to fall of the Berlin Wall is now routinely accepted, from the widespread use of CCTV to online tracking and data recording. Therefore, instead of labeling a display of genuine concern as “paranoia,” perhaps a lack of genuine concerns should instead be stigmatized by a “disease” or a “disorder”: complacentosis, complyaphilia, complicivitis, ignorrhea.

BOOK REVIEW: The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography

By on September 30th, 2018 in Book Reviews, Entries, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

Peter Buse, in his The Camera Does the Rest, stakes out different territory. His focus is on the social meaning of the Polaroid camera: how did it change photography? How were the cameras used? And how did Land intend them to be used — a concept that often differed from their actual use.

From Good Ideas to Practical Solutions

By on September 20th, 2018 in Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

We define “good” technological ideas, as: sound technological designs, developed using participation-based methods, that seek to promote the beneficial uses of technology (through the harnessing of technological potential) while minimizing/potentially eliminating the undesirable effects on individuals and society. These approaches will ideally lead to the development and deployment of practical solutions that fulfill the need(s) of the intended end-user(s) and/or solve a given problem.

Defending Against Opaque Algorithmic Meddling in Free Elections

By on August 11th, 2018 in Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Magazine Articles, Privacy & Security, Societal Impact

As social media serves to transform free speech the world over, a pervasive infiltration of the information highway is underway by individuals and entities using bots and human agencies to invade our privacy and channel extremist, hateful speech in propaganda-like campaigns bent on undermining democratic institutions.

Mundane Is the New Radical

By on August 3rd, 2018 in Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Environment, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

The increasing number of dam projects deployed in developing countries over the last two decades that perform poorly illustrate a disconnect between planners, stakeholders, and technological energy solutions of choice.