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Issue 1 • Date Spring 1994

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  • Controlling technology

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):2 - 3
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    The notion of controlling technology would have evoked different responses in different eras of the past. As the nineteenth century came and went, scientific discovery and technological invention and innovation were viewed as self-determined processes with their own dynamic that would inevitably lead to improvements in human life. Under such thinking, the idea of externally controlling technology ... View full abstract»

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  • Ethical risk assessment: valuing public perceptions

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):4 - 10
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    Engineers are confronted with an array of moral issues and dilemmas as the complexity modern technology results in equally complex efforts to assess the accompanying environmental and safety risks. The author examines the connections between engineering ethics, risk communication, and the engineering culture. First moral issues in risk assessment are reviewed and the ethical responsibilities of en... View full abstract»

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  • Eliminating barriers to the telecommunications revolution

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):11 - 16
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    The author asks the question: why have convergence and telecommunications not "taken off" as some of us had anticipated? The reason is that three inhibitors block the arrival of the age of convergence and one of these is the lingering presence of a web of cross subsidy that fosters economic and emotional barriers to marketplace entrants with new technologies. The author discusses various questions... View full abstract»

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  • Distribution costs of global climate change

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):17 - 24
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    The problem of global climate change links the issues of energy utilization, economic development, environmental degradation, and equity on a planetary scale. Questions concerning the scale and timing of the impact of continuously increasing emissions of greenhouse gases remain. A set of approaches has emerged which claim to objectively demonstrate that nothing or very little should be done to add... View full abstract»

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  • Human-centered manufacturing for the developing world

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):25 - 32
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    One of the most important issues in designing human-centered systems must be to understand the driving force/spl minus/the human components. The point is simple: when developing the solution to any engineering problem, the designer must understand the capacities, the inherent nature and all the operational characteristics of the component parts available for constructing the final system. Designer... 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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