The use of IT systems brings significant advantages, for instance in ease of use, being available 24/7, or through its use rather than exposing humans to a potentially hazardous environment. However, this can raise concerns about the rate at which technology is being introduced and issues that may arise from insufficient testing in critical situations such as air traffic control. The ultimate fear of many people is that future systems will be programmed to make decisions that would be better taken by humans, such as the decision to deploy nuclear weapons.

There are also social impacts such as internet addiction, where people feel that they can never get away from IT and are trapped on a “digital treadmill”.

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Our Definition:
The combination of the use of technology in a positive/negative or a healthy/unhealthy manner.
  • Self parking/driving cars (artificial intelligence)
  • “Smart house”—Chloe’s current event with the moving house
  • Virtual reality video games and the increased chance for violent outbursts.


A car that parks itself

Rehab clinic for children internet and technology addicts founded
  • There is a technology rehab facility in Britain that is designed to make young kids, starting at 12 years old, separate, cold turkey, from all technology. This program also forces the children to live in small residential communities and learn face-to-face social strategies.

The Soccer Ball that Stores Energy

Attacks in Libya and Protests in Egypt
  • On a negative impact that machines have on people - the attack on the U.S. embassy a few weeks ago has been linked to a movie trailer posted on YouTube mocking the Muslim faith. This angered people enough to kill four people and injure several others.

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The interaction of humans with IT hardware raises all the issues encountered in this section, as well as additional ones such as the following.
  • Who controls the design of technology and the pace of its introduction?
  • How safe and effective is the design?
  • Is technology going to extend human faculties and make work easier and more pleasant, or are machines going to displace humans and lead to mass unemployment?
  • Is technology used appropriately, or should a better, possibly non-technological alternative be found?
  • Which areas of human endeavour are best served by IT systems?
  • Which social and ethical issues arise from a comparison of people and machines in the following areas: stamina, memory, accuracy, speed, analysis, synthesis, judgement, innovation, creativity?