Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

How should we control the development of technology?

How should we control the development of technology?

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

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Post Tenebras, Lux: An Awakening

May 9, 2019
AUTHOR: terribookman
FILED UNDER: Entries, Last Word, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

Transition phases are often arduous and chaotic. When we read about positive outcomes, we can fail to recognize the formidable gap between the initial disruption, and eventual transformation.

Smart Cities through Smart Regulation

April 26, 2019
AUTHOR: Gustavo Gil Gasiola
FILED UNDER: Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Societal Impact

Smart Cities demand new strategies and forms of control. The traditional model of public regulation is challenged by a renewed relationship between technology, government, and society. We highlight the difficulties and possible solutions for regulation in the context of a Smart City, provided by the largest city in Brazil: São Paulo.

Efficiency Versus Creativity as Organizing Principles of Socio-Technical Systems

April 10, 2019
AUTHOR: Ada Diaconescu
FILED UNDER: Commentary, Entries, Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

What sense of worth and dignity can a person have when their daily activities are confined within systemic contraptions where personal input, originality, and initiative are either undesirable, or quantified as targets to be maximized?

 

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The Uber “unicorn” stock crash: Cheat-code culture hits the wall at last, maybe

May 16, 2019
AUTHOR: cia romano
FILED UNDER: Blog Posts, Ethics, Societal Impact

While “Ubering” was acquiring cachet as a verb and as a routine rite of passage for millennials (the heaviest users of the service), the company was besieged by problems. Some came squarely on the back of a general lack of ethics, or care for consequences.