Albino doll sculpture with a human-like robot face. Credit: WIKIMEDIA/

June 2016

Rise of the Robots: Technology and Social Disruption

Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2016

Where are we headed? What trajectory are we on? Terra incognita: “Here be dragons.”

In the final iconic scene in Planet of the Apes, we see Taylor the protagonist, fall to his knees and bury his head in his hands at being confronted with a half-sunken Statue of Liberty washed by the waves. He thinks out aloud how this might have all happened at the hands of humans, and he says, “you blew it all up…” The “you” may well end up being the machines.


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President's Message
Do We Just “Build Stuff”?
Greg Adamson  
Book Reviews
Perfecting Sound
Doug Preis  
Book Reviews
America’s Assembly Line
A. David Wunsch  
Book Reviews
Rise of the Robots
Eric Stayton  
Book Reviews
The Cybernetics Moment
Karl D. Stephan  
Book Reviews
Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape
Tim McFarland  
Book Reviews
Digital Militarism
Donna Halper  
Are Technologies Innocent? Part III
Michael Arnold and Christopher Pearce
* Refereed Article


Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Disorders: Measuring Ethical Acceptability
Andreea Peca, Mark Coeckelbergh, Ramona Simut, Cristina Costescu, Sebastian Pintea, Daniel David, and Bram Vanderborght
* Refereed Article
Flying Ad-Hoc Networks: Technological and Social Implications
Wajiya Zafar and Bilal Muhammad Khan
* Refereed Article
Privacy Policy Analysis of Popular Web Platforms
Stephanie Winkler and Sherali Zeadally
* Refereed Article

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