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Technology and Society

Issue 3 • Date Sept. 1981

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  • Social implications of technology: The past and the future

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    On June 6, 1981 the Executive Committee of (he IEEE gave final approval to formation of the JGEE Society on Social Impliquions of Technology (SS1T), This action, in response to a membership petition circulated by CSIT in 1980 was the culmination of effort extending over many years. In fact, a similar membership petition nine years earlier led to formation of CSJT. This is not to imply that the past nine years have been spent unproductively and this occasion provides an opportunity to mention at least very briefly a few of the many worthwhile activities of the Committee. View full abstract»

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  • Letters to the editor

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  • Non-ionizing radiation: Fact and fiction

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    Public awareness of the “potential health hazards” of RF and microwave radiation dates from the disclosure, in 1972, of Russian irradiation of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Previously, so-called “death rays” had been relegated to the pages of science fiction. This concern was heightened a few years later by a series of expose-type articles by Paul Brodeur, which appeared in the New Yorker magazine. While it is certainly not a scientific journal, the New Yorker reaches a highly intelligent and decisive element of the general population. These articles were soon followed by the publication (in 1977) of Brodeur's sensational book, “The Zapping of America,” wherein he contended that the entire U.S. population was immersed in a toxic sea of unhealthy radiation. Most recently, in June 1980, a New York State Compensation Board, ruling that a New York Telephone Company technician had died of a disease labeled as “Microwave Sickness,” caused a rash of articles in the public press with such headlines as: “Panel Says Mcirowaves Were Fatal “(Newsday, March 3, 1981) and “Microwaves: Are They a Peril?” (The New York Times, April 21, 1981). View full abstract»

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  • Human exposure to microwaves and radiofrequency electromagnetic fields

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    The IEEE recognizes the public concern regarding the possible health hazards from the pervasive and ever-expanding use of devices that emit microwaves and radiofrequency electromagnetic (EM) fields. Safety guidelines such as those recently proposed by the American National Standards Institute Committee C95 appear quite adequate on the basis of our present understanding of the biological effects of EM fields. Because of the tremendous current and promising beneficial applications of this technology and several identified gaps in our knowledge, the IEEE also recognizes the need for continuing research on EM bioeffects to insure the safe use of such devices. View full abstract»

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  • Editorial: Public positions on controversial technical issues

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  • Book reviews

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  • Periodical publications bibliography

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    This list of periodical publications specifically concerned with some aspect of the social implications of technology was compiled from a selection in the Engineering Societies Library, the IEEE Center for the History of Electrical Engineering and the Tamiment Institute Library, New York University. It also includes periodical publications as listed and described in Robert F. Ladenson, et al., A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility in Engineering. Chicago: Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1980 and in Howard T. Bausman, compl., Science for Society: A Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: AAAS Commission on Science Education, 1972. View full abstract»

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  • News, notes, and comments

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  • Join the newest IEEE society

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    The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) is now an approved reality. A full range of activities — conferences, symposia, publications — is now possible. Membership in SSIT gives you the opportunity to participate in these activities, to meet and exchange ideas with others who have technical and professional interests in the social implications of technology. View full abstract»

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  • Engineers and the work that people do

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    The phenomenon which I wish to discuss in this paper can be illustrated by a plant which was making electric light bulbs in 1979. Production was 800 bulbs an hour, of the type having a metallized reflector, and the components of the glass envelope were made elsewhere. They traveled on a chain conveyor around the plant, which occupied an area about 30 feet by 10 feet and was quite new. It was noisy, and the large room which housed it was drab, but conditions otherwise were not unpleasant. View full abstract»

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  • Technology & society magazine staff needed

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    The successful conversion of Technology & Society to a magazine and the maintenance of a high standard of quality will depend on the cooperation of many people. Working to help produce a quality magazine can be a satisfying and rewarding experience. Staff members are needed in a variety of positions under the titles Associate Editor and Correspondent. Interested members of SSIT are invited to volunteer for one of the positions listed below. Initial periods of appointment will be for two years, 1982–1984, although consideration will be given to one-year appointments also. Send the Editor a brief biographical sketch indicating your specific interests and qualifications. View full abstract»

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Aims & Scope

This Publication ceased production in 1981. The current title of the publication is IEEE Technology & Society Magazine.

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