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Issue 1 • Spring 1993

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  • Technology forecasters-soothsayers or scientists?

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):10 - 17
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    The techniques and pitfalls of trend extrapolation are examined by scrutinizing two elementary mathematical approaches that now enjoy acceptance in modeling innovation and projecting the growth of new sciences and technologies. The first of these approaches is continued exponential growth. The second approach is logistic growth, or growth that conforms to the 'S-shaped' curve that traces the start... View full abstract»

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  • Implementing industrial ecology

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):18 - 26
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    Industrial ecology (IE), which arises from the perception that human economic activity is causing unacceptable changes in basic environmental support systems, is defined, and a systems description is given. As applied to manufacturing, the systems-oriented concept suggests that industrial design and manufacturing processes are not performed in isolation from their surroundings, but rather are infl... View full abstract»

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  • Achieving employee safety-lessons from the railroad

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):27 - 32
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    The history of the first comprehensive employee railroad safety law in 1893 is discussed. Some of the occupational hazards that existed on both steamboats and railroads. and the economic concerns of management, are examined. The problem posed by inadequate freight train brakes, the development of air brakes, and the provisions of the legislation ultimately passed by Congress are discussed.<> View full abstract»

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The following topics describe the scope of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (IEEE SSIT) and of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine : Health and safety implications of technology, Engineering ethics and professional responsibility, Engineering education in social implications of technology, History of electrotechnology, Technical expertise and public policy, Social issues related to energy, Social issues related to information technology, Social issues related to telecommunications, Systems analysis in public policy decisions, Economic issues related to technology, Peace technology, and Environmental implications of technology. Beyond these specific topics, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine  is concerned with the broad area of the social implications of technology, especially electrotechnology.

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