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Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

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Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

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How should we control the development of technology?

How should we control the development of technology?

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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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Vaccines, Public Health, and the Law

July 21, 2021

Disease prevention due to successful vaccination is a double-edged sword as it can give the illusion that mass vaccination is no longer warranted. Antivaccination movements are not completely absent throughout history, but for example, most recently, parents have been declining childhood vaccines at alarming levels [2, S9]. Safety concerns and misinformation seem to be at the forefront of these movements.

High Voltages and Low Esthetic Standards: Three Design Principles to Humanize Electricity Pylons

July 11, 2021
AUTHOR: Paul Cuffe
FILED UNDER: Social Implications of Technology

Few people would celebrate modern infrastructure networks as magnificent beacons of our civilization: our powerlines and pipelines are drab, unsightly intrusions on the landscape. Reflecting on this, the philosopher Alain de Botton points out the Roman aqueduct at Pont Du Gard in Southern France, which is now a famous tourist attraction even though it was built for the dull task of supplying municipal water. Wisely, the Romans built it, and many others, for both beauty and function, brightening citizens’ views while slaking their thirst. Indeed, so lovely is the Roman aqueduct of Segovia that it is featured in the emblem of that province.

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If a Colleague Asks: “Will My Innovation Have Unintended Consequences?”

June 20, 2021

Unintended consequences of technological development matter in practice and thus are not just of academic interest. SSIT would do well to spark constructive and practical discussion about managing unintended consequences.

 

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Automating Empathy: Social Impact, Mediated Emotion and Subjectivity

July 28, 2021
AUTHOR: Miriam Cunningham
FILED UNDER: Video & Podcasts, Videos

This SSIT Guest Lecture was presented by Prof. Andrew McStay, Bangor University, UK at a Joint Chapter Meeting organised by…  Read More