Articles on the impact of technology

impact of technology



Tianjin tragedy: a painful lesson
Karl D. Stephan | 18 August 2015
tags: China, disasters, engineering ethics
Can we expect this horrific disaster to lead to any improvements in safety?


I compute your pain
Karl D. Stephan | 27 July 2015
tags: face recognition, marketing, technology
Emotion-sensing face-recognition software could transform marketing.


The password you can never change
Michael Cook | 14 July 2015
tags: facial recognition, google, privacy
The brave new world of facial recognition technology.


Was bureaucratic wrangling behind the fatal Philadelphia derailment?
Karl D. Stephan | 26 May 2015
tags: disasters, technology, trains
The train lacked a new control system.


Only Apple’s magic could sell its vastly overpriced watches
David Glance | 13 April 2015
tags: Apple, consumerism, marketing, technology
The cheapest watch costs $499 (in Australia). A competitor costs $89. Why?


A bridge too close
Karl D. Stephan | 02 April 2015
tags: engineering, engineering ethics
The day our author almost became a statistic.


Email overload: time for a human solution
David Glance | 24 February 2015
tags: email, Google, technology, time management, vested interests
Email providers have a vested interest in the growing burden of the digital messages.


Will remote car hacking stop before it starts?
Karl D. Stephan | 05 December 2014
tags: cars, engineering ethics, technology
Car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for the day when hackers can get control of networked cars.


Childhood 2.0 is a little buggy
Zac Alstin | 05 December 2014
tags: internet, Internet, technology, virtual reality
Toddlers teach parents how bad their online habits are for family life.


Space flight will always be a risky business
Karl D. Stephan | 10 November 2014
tags: engineering, engineering ethics, space flight
A failure rate of 5 percent may not be a great advertisement for space tourism.


Challenged by the internet, professional journalism pushes back
Jeffrey Alexander | 21 October 2014
tags: democracy, internet, journalism
As the dust settles from this newest wave of technology, what is emerging is a new hybridity.


The Nobel limelight: literary fame wasn’t always so fleeting
Rebecca Braun | 09 October 2014
tags:
Today it is celebrity lite -- people are interested in success stories, not the writer's output.


The ultimate in reality TV
Karl D. Stephan | 02 October 2014
tags: Mars, Netherlands, space travel, technology
A Dutch group is seriously organising one-way expeditions to Mars. Is that ethical?


Left to their own devices?
Cris Rowan | 01 September 2014
tags: education of children, information technology
Ten reasons not to use technology for learning in grade school.


All wired up: the contraceptive chip
Karl D. Stephan | 15 July 2014
tags: birth control, contraception, internet, privacy
The Gates Foundation has funded an implantable device which can be controlled remotely.


The robot says you flunked
Karl D. Stephan | 08 July 2014
tags: computers, education, MOOCs
Let's hope that people who say there's no difference between machines and people don't end up running the machines.


Radio Shack: thanks for all the memories
Karl D. Stephan | 14 March 2014
tags: education, engineering, RadioShack, technology
One of America's greatest engineering schools is fading away.


You can’t see the doctor: he’s checking boxes right now
Karl D. Stephan | 04 March 2014
tags: electronic medical record, electronic records, engineering
Imposing the heavy hand of the Federal government is not the way to enforce uniform standards.


The cloudy future
Karl D. Stephan | 04 February 2014
tags: cloud, internet, privacy, surveillance
The big technology companies are forcing us into the Cloud, whether we like it or not.


Bored? Don’t worry, it might be the start of something brilliant
Ian H Robertson | 28 January 2014
tags: boredom, information technology, psychology
Boredom has a purpose - it signals that you are searching for new goals.


Lessons from Sandy Hook
Rick Fitzgibbons | 03 December 2013
tags: gun control, Sandy Hook school shootings, video games
A government report on a school shooting in which six adults and 20 children died fails to establish a motive.


The prophet of Silicon Valley
Egil Asprem | 06 October 2013
tags: New Age, Ray Kurzweil, Singularity, spirituality, transhumanism
One of the tech industry's most revered figures is a leading light in the transhumanist movement.


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