Issue 4 • Dec. 2018

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  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): C1
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  • SSIT Fundraising Campaign

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): C2
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  • Looking to the Future: A Reflection on Recent Progress and the Future of Our Society [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):1 - 19
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  • Table of Contents

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • Masthead

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 4
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  • Complacency is the New Normal: Shifting Public Discourse on Technological Acceptability [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):5 - 7
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  • A maverick of electrical science (review of "the forgotten genius of oliver heaviside: a maverick of electrical science") [book review]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):8 - 10
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  • Frankenstein Returns (review of "Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Annotated for Scientiest, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds") [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Electricity as Metaphor [review of "Power lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952" [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):13 - 61
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  • Robert A. (Bob) Dent Elected 2019-2020 IEEE-SSIT President [News and Notes]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 15
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  • Odorveillance and the Ethics of Robotic Olfaction [Opinion]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):16 - 19
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  • Virtual Reality: Ethical Challenges and Dangers [Opinion]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):20 - 25
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  • Assessing Artificial Intelligence for Humanity: Will AI be the Our Biggest Ever Advance ? or the Biggest Threat [Opinion]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):26 - 34
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  • Implantable Technology : History, Controversies, and Social Implications [Commentary]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):35 - 45
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  • Seeing 21st Century Data Bleed through the 15th Century Wound Man

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):46 - 54
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    Are individuals at risk of "data bleedout" in 21st century environments saturated with wearable devices? Is there a good way of visualizing the range of wearables and related technology so that we can see the impact on both the human and their data? Wearable have been around for a long time ? eyeglasses date to the 13th century and artisans created wearable clocks in the 16th century. The wearable... View full abstract»

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  • Medicine Has Gone to the Dogs: Deep Learning and Robotic Olfaction to Mimic Working Dogs

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):55 - 60
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    Canines and humans have coexisted for millennia, to our mutual benefit. Our estimated 35 000+ year history of coevolution, including selective breeding, has lead to the development of intimate forms of cooperation, perhaps unparalleled among mammalian species [26]. In addition to providing companionship, dogs can perform critical roles for humans, such as mental health support and aid for the disa... View full abstract»

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  • SSIT Launches New Publication: Transactions on Technology and Society

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 61
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  • Activity Trackers for Raising Guide Dogs: Challenges and Opportunities

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):62 - 69
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    Guide puppy raisers play a crucial role in the process of training assistance dogs to support mobility of the visually impaired. Recent technological developments bring about a plethora of IT-based solutions, such as canine activity trackers and mobile apps that could provide novel benefits in supporting the puppy raisers in their important contribution to society. We present an exploratory empiri... View full abstract»

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  • Transaction Costs and Doomed Creditors

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):70 - 75
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    It is hardly an exaggeration to suggest that we live in a regime of innovation, a regime whose political, economic, technological, and cultural arms inextricably link innovation with progress, ingenuity, prosperity, and the greatness of nations, whereby innovation regulates our imagination and ambition in business, education, and just about any other field one can name. Under this regime, any ques... View full abstract»

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  • Trusting Intelligent Machines: Deepening Trust Within Socio-Technical Systems

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):76 - 83
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    Intelligent machines have reached capabilities that go beyond a level that a human being can fully comprehend without sufficiently detailed understanding of the underlying mechanisms. The choice of moves in the game Go (generated by Deep Mind?s Alpha Go Zero [1]) are an impressive example of an artificial intelligence system calculating results that even a human expert for the game can hardly retr... View full abstract»

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  • Intellectual Humility: Becoming Like a Child for Technological Advancement [Last Word]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 84
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  • 2018 Year End Index

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 1
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  • IEEE SSIT Society on Social Implications of Technology

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): C4
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Aims & Scope

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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Jeremy Pitt
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London