Current Issue – September 2017
Next Generation Socio-Technical Systems
The next generation of socio-technical system will be underpinned by the most advanced and potentially most “intelligent” technology so far invented. But the “socio” aspects of these systems, involving human behavior, non-deterministic decision making and interactions, complex social structures, and above all values, are essentially unchanged, except to the extent that they are irrevocably changed by the technology itself. Indeed, some have suggested that the debate over the driverless car is just a preliminary skirmish in the long-term battle for the future of humanity, i.e, what does complete automation of manual tasks imply for full time employment and the welfare state and its associated values. These values include a sense of belonging, identification with an organization, pride in ones work, social interaction and opinion dissemination, and self-actualization.
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- BOOK REVIEW: Facist Pigs Posted in: Book Reviews, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - In today's world of climate denial and vaccine skepticism, one would be forgiven for assuming that an anti-intellectual, anti-expertise, anti-truth ... Read More
- Were We “Brave” @Braveconvos #Braveconversations? Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - At Brave Conversations we tried to do something different -- not to have a conventional conference where everyone hid behind their professional ... Read More
- LETTER: Licensing Engineering Professionals Posted in: Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - Licensing of Engineering Professionals: Is there any validity to this practice? The Education Department of the State of New York ... Read More
- Retreat to Move Forward : Alleviating Allostatic Load for the Brave Posted in: Human Impacts, Last Word, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - We need our brains to adapt advantageously for ingenious design and development, especially as the time between stimulus and response ... Read More
- Biometric Surveillance and the Right to Privacy Posted in: Commentary, Ethics, Magazine Articles, Privacy & Security - Using biometric technology to identify and monitor people raises human rights concerns. In particular, biometrics are often associated with intrusions ... Read More
- The Next Generation of Socio-Technical Systems Posted in: Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - The next generation of socio-technical system can be seen as a kind of “focal point” for the convergence of a ... Read More
- Operationalizing SSIT’s 5 Pillars: Pillar 2: Ethics, Human Values and Technology Posted in: Ethics, Magazine Articles, President's Message - Pillar 2 is focused on professional and research ethics, ethics in the development of technologies, ethics in the context of ... Read More
- On Country Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Magazine Articles, Robotics, Societal Impact - Mining has had an impact on many Aboriginal communities in Australia. As we move to a mining sector where dump trucks, ... Read More
- Tragedy of the Digital Commons: Amplified Zombies Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - There is an unshakable faith in our industry that we can do anything and that everything we do must be ... Read More
- Go “Get Chipped” Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles - In 1997 Eduardo Kac became the first human to implant himself with a non-medical device in the performance art work ... Read More
Go "Get Chipped"
Operationaliziing SSIT's 5 Pillars
Licensing Engineering Professionals
Fear Not Distribution that Works
Tragedy of the Digital Commons: Amplified Zombies
We we "Brave" @Braveconvos #Braveconversations?
We Need to Talk about the Web
Biometric Surveillance and the Right to Privacy*
What Brave Conversations Didn't Address
Retreat to Move Forward
The Next Generation of Socio-Technical Systems
Jan-Philipp Steghofer, Ada Diaconescu, Steve Marsh, and Jeremy Pitt
Agnieszka Rychwalska and Magdalena Roszczynska-Kurasinska
Ada Diaconescu and Jeremy Pitt
Kirstie Bellman, Jean Botev, Hanno Hildmann, Peter R. Lewis, Stephen Marsh, Jeremy Pitt, Ingo Scholtes, and Sven Tomforde
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