Society on Social Implications of Technology Chapter

Welcome to the Northern Virginia/Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the IEEE Society on Social Implications on Technology (SSIT).  SSIT is concerned with how technology impacts the world, and with how the application of technology can improve the world.

We have several upcoming events including the annual conference of our Society and three Chapter meetings.  Please see below for details.

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2018. ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology. IEEE ISTAS 2018 (13-14 November) is hosted by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, 800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C., USA.
The registration is now open for this conference.  More information available on our website.

September 2018 Chapter Meeting: 

Topic: A Wellness-Centric Healthcare System With Interoperable Public Health: The Multidimensional Global Threats, Interdependences of the Critical Infrastructures, and Geomedicine

When: Tuesday 25 September 2018 06:30 PM

Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park, MD. Operations Building (to the left of the museum), 2nd Floor Conference Room (Map Link https://goo.gl/maps/NoLDYkf5Ljv )

Speaker: Dr. Luis Kun, IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecturer

Registration: * Free * Please register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/175938

Contact: Murty Polavarapu murtyp@ieee.org

Abstract:

A combination of factors affects Society today, in ways unimaginable, to many, a few years ago, in the ways we: work, study, teach, read and write, have fun, find out the news, buy, sell and generally in the way we communicate and even the total way we live. Globalization, and the constant use of technologies in academia, industry and government has created a new generation of socio-economic dilemmas that are associated not only to biomedical and clinical engineering and electro-medicine but to many other disciplines. Professionally, new requirements have and will open new opportunities to those that have knowledge in a spectrum of areas that include biosensors, geographical information systems, nanotechnology, intelligent agents, and many other areas. Medicine and Public Health experts will have to incorporate in their teams, individuals that would be able to develop and maintain new technologies, within their respective fields. In many cases, solutions used in other fields, were used to resolve problems in this one. This in turn provides solutions that are much are more cost-effective solutions. NOTE: This talk covers a wide range of topics that could be of interest to heterogeneous audiences that include not only computer experts, but biomedical, systems and communication engineers, technologists, physicians, nurses, epidemiologists and surveillance personnel associated with public health and epidemics, agencies and departments in charge of protecting our food, our drinking water, our environment, our borders, etc.

October 2018 Chapter Meeting: 

Topic: Deliver us from evil? The temptation, realities, and neuroethico-legal issues of employing assessment neurotechnologies

When: Wednesday 17 October 2018 06:30 PM

Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park, MD. Operations Building (to the left of the museum), 2nd Floor Conference Room (Map Link https://goo.gl/maps/NoLDYkf5Ljv )

Speaker: Dr James Giordano of Georgetown University Medical Center

Registration: * Free * Please register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/174606

Contact: Murty Polavarapu murtyp@ieee.org

Abstract:

In light of the recent events of mass shootings and publicized cases of serial killers, there have been calls from both the public and policy-makers alike for neurotechnology to be employed to “do something” to define, assess, if not prevent such wanton acts of aggression and violence.  Ongoing advancements in assessment neurotechnologies have enabled heretofore unparalleled capability to evaluate the structure and function of the brain, yet each and all are constrained by certain technical and practical limitations.  In this lecture, neuroscientist and neuroethicist Dr. James Giordano of Georgetown University Medical Center presents an overview of the capabilities and constraints of current assessment neurotechnologies, addresses neuro-ethical and legal issues fostered by the use and potential misuse of these approaches, and discusses how neuroethics may inform science and the law to guide right and sound applications of neurotechnology to “deliver from evil” while not being led into temptations of exaggerated claims and inapt use.

November 2018 Chapter Meeting: 

Topic:  Thoughts on Border Control in the age of El Chapo and deep learning

When: Thursday 8 November 2018 06:30 PM

Where:  To be announced

Speaker: Dr Pramud Rawat of Data Analysis and Simulation Services,

Registration: * Free * To be announced. 

Contact: Murty Polavarapu murtyp@ieee.org

Abstract: To be updated.

Please contact us if you have suggestions for more topics or for speakers.  We also need volunteers!

The Chapter’s most recent meetings include:

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM COMPUTERS AND THEIR SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS

EMERGING BIOTECHNOLOGIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND BIODEFENSE

HUMAN GENOME EDITING – PROMISE AND PERIL

THE IP GUYS, TWO ENGINEERS TURNED LAWYERS TO ENCOURAGE AND PROTECT OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

EMERGING NEUROTECHNOLOGIES: PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES AT THE INTERSECTION OF BRAIN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

IS TECHNOLOGY MAKING US DUMBER OR SMARTER?

SSIT’s  activities at Society level include:

  • IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, an award-winning journal containing both peer-reviewed and general interest articles.
  • The International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), held annually. Support and sponsorship of additional conferences.
  • An active network of SSIT chapters spanning the globe.
  • Awarding of the periodic IEEE Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest.
  • A Guest Lecturer program on critical topics of interest.
  • Online discussion of social impacts of technology through forums, website, blogs, and social media.
  • Support for members who speak, publish and advocate on SSIT topics within the Society or as participants in other IEEE societies and professional activities.

Membership in SSIT is open to all IEEE members and student members. Affiliation with SSIT with all benefits except voting rights is available to persons who are not members of IEEE.

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Upcoming Events

Tue 14

1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference

August 14 @ 11:00 AM - August 15 @ 5:00 PM
Tue 21

Raspberry Pi 3 Pinball Machine

August 21 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sep 12

IEEE NoVA AdCom Meeting

September 12 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

News

ISTAS 2018 will be in Washington, DC!

Technology, Ethics, and Policy

Nov. 13 & 14th, Washington DC — Now Accepting Papers and Proposals

The IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) invites you to attend and participate in the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2018.

ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS 2018 will be held at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, 800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C., USA

The changes that humanity is facing would be hard to imagine just a few generations back.  The world population grew from a 6 to 7.6 billion, from 1995 to 2017. It is expected to reach 8.2 B by 2030 and 9.7 B by 2050. In this Information Era, advances in computing, information and communications have completely changed our education, health, commerce, finances, privacy, security, national defense, weather forecasting, food production, water, energy, transportation, and all the world’s Critical Infrastructures.

The IEEE SSIT ISTAS Conference is a leading forum where the social implications of technology can be identified and discussed.  The Washington DC venue provides an opportunity to connect leading technologists with interested policy experts as well as their peers from all over the globe.

IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology covers all aspects associated with this title.  We have identified five “pillars” as primary focal points:

 

 

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Tue 14

1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference

August 14 @ 11:00 AM - August 15 @ 5:00 PM
Tue 21

Raspberry Pi 3 Pinball Machine

August 21 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM