Past Issues

IEEE Technology and Society Magazine - Past Issues 2014 - 2017

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  • December 2017

    ISTAS 2016 - Disruptive Technologies, Ethics, and Global Development

    ISTAS 2016 was an important milestone for the SSIT community in India. It introduced topics such as ethics, society, and…  Read More

  • 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…  Read More

  • Graeme Clark, the inventor of the c ochlear implant, with Bryn Davey and Scott Smith, the first two children in the world to receive the device.

    June 2017

    Special Issue: Thinking Machines in the Physical World - IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

    Norbert Wiener knew that smart machines and robots would contribute to improvements in human lives. He was also keenly aware…  Read More

  • Human Military Robot

    March 2017

    Special Issue on Military Use of Implantable Technologies

    Advanced technologies that were once the stuff of science fiction have catapulted into the the military marketplace. We now have…  Read More

  • 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 technologies…  Read More

  • 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 investigate…  Read More

  • 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 in…  Read More

  • March 2016

    Hidden Conditions

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

  • December 2015


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

  • September 2015

    Special Issue on 2014 Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

    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….  Read More

  • June 2015

    Special Issue on Ethics / ISTAS 2015

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapy used to relieve the symptoms of movement disorders, specifically dystonia, essential tremor, and…  Read More

  • March 2015

    Social and Economic Sustainability.

    As we strive to mainstream alternate energy sources and make them accessible in resource poor communities [4], how do we think beyond the…  Read More

  • December 2014

    Are We Becoming Enslaved by Technology?

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

  • 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 in…  Read More

  • person immersed in virtual reality

    Summer 2014

    Beyond Human

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

  • Spring 2014

    Smart Grids and Social Networks

    A reinvention of social capital is crucial for the development of the next generation of socio-technical systems. This is necessary not only…  Read More