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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Fall 2019 - Technology, Ethics, and Policy



Being Human in the Days/Daze of Big Data

November 29, 2019

Technology for Big Data, and its brother-in-arms Machine Learning, is at the root of, and is the facilitator of, deliberate string-pulling design choices. These design choices are made by people, and so the question actually becomes, do the design choices enabled by Big Data and Machine Learning have the capacity to alter, diminish and perhaps actually “destroy” what it means to be fundamentally human.

Climate Madhouse

AUTHOR: A. David Wunsch
FILED UNDER: Book Reviews, Entries, Environment, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

Mann and Toles crystallize for us climate change denialism, principally in the United States, over the last generation. The core of this denial results from the confluence of several trends deeply embedded in the American culture.

Matching Gift Announced for SSIT Fund

November 27, 2019
AUTHOR: Robert Dent
FILED UNDER: Announcements, Blog Posts, Entries, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

An anonymous donor has issued a challenge to match donations dollar for dollar up to US$10,000 by December 31, 2019.

 

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The Social Impact of Innovation and Technology

AUTHOR: Tom Harris
FILED UNDER: Podcasts, Societal Impact, Video & Podcasts

Katina Michael, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, speaks with Kimberli J. Lewis