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Issue 2 • June 1989

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  • Socially camouflaged technologies: the case of the electromechanical vibrator

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):3 - 11
    Cited by:  Papers (6)
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    The case of the electromechanical vibrator, as a technology associated with women's sexuality, involves issues of acceptability rather than legality. The vibrator and its predecessor technologies, including the dildo, are associated with masturbation, a socially prohibited activity until well into the second half of this century. Devices for mechanically-assisted female masturbation, mainly vibrat... View full abstract»

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  • Residential energy monitoring and computerized surveillance via utility power flows

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):12 - 16
    Cited by:  Papers (49)  |  Patents (6)
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    The author notes that all novel technologies have the potential to affect society in a complex manner, with both beneficial and detrimental consequences. He considers an illustrative case study: a nonintrusive appliance load monitoring technique that can provide vital information to help avoid future energy crises, but can also be used for surveillance purposes. He notes that there appears to be a... View full abstract»

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  • A critical review of the literature on the organization impact of information technology

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):17 - 23
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    A critical review of the literature on the impact of information technology on organizations is presented. The impact is discussed at four different levels-individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Issues discussed include ergonomics, stress, job satisfaction, attitudes, industrial relations, leadership, power, politics, decision-making, organization structures, and organizational changes... View full abstract»

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  • Leverage for engineers' career environment: the providence of technical societies

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):24 - 27
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    The authors calls attention to a program for evaluating employers' activities that affect engineers' and other knowledge workers' lifetime careers. He argues that, if this program was successfully carried out, careers in engineering would become more pleasant and attractive as lifetime careers. The proposed leverage mechanism calls for the IEEE to constructively interact with employers and to inst... 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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