Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Topic: CyberSex and Decency
1. CyberSex (Book Review): Author: Hume, Mike, reviewer. Source: New Statesman (London, England: 1996) v. 130 (Feb. 19 2001) p. 54-5:
2. Will cybersex be better than real sex?.
Author: Stein, Joel. Source: Time v. 155 no25 (June 19 2000) p. 62-4 Libraries: 6405:
3. Emotional adultery: cybersex and commitment.
Author: Collins, Louise. Source: Social Theory and Practice v. 25 no2 (Summer 1999) p. 243-70:
4. Love in the age of cyber-sex.
Author: Simenc, Christian.; Loubiere, Paul. Source: World Press Review v. 41 (Apr. '94) p. 40:
5. Losing our souls in cyberspace.
Author: Kellner, Mark A. Source: Christianity Today v. 41 (Sept. 1 1997) p. 54-5:
6. Cybersex: Outercourse and the Enselfment of the Body
Author: Dennis Waskul , Mark Douglass , Charles Edgley , Direct all correspondence to: Dennis Waskul, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. Cloud State University, Stewart Hall 262, 720 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498; e-mail: Source: Symbolic Interaction 23, no. 4 (2000): 375 (23 pages)
7. Feminist Views of Cybersex: Victimization, Liberation, and Empowerment
Author: Döring, Nicola Source: CyberPsychology & Behavior 3, no. 5 (2000): 863-884
8. Cybersex and Divorce: Wiretapping and Interception of a Spouse's Electronic Communication.
Author: Gruber, Mark Source: American journal of family law. 12, no. 2, (Summer 1998): 98 Libraries: 178
9. Papers - Cybersex with Minors: Forensic Implications
Author: Jaffe, Mark E; Sharma, Kaushal K Source: Journal of forensic sciences. 46, no. 6, (2001): 1397 (6 pages) Libraries: 622
10. DATADOG - CYBERSEX: Who's making out with adult Internet sites?
Author: Libbon, Robert P Source: American demographics. 23, no. 4, (2001): 26 (2 pages) Libraries: 1831

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

This article discusses the theme of artificial intelligence by introducing a human-like robot named Kismet developed by MIT. Kismet has eyes that "see" through sensors and microphones in his ears that can "hear" by picking up sound. It can mimic human facial movements, and learn- much like a child does. When taught something new, Kismet can remember it in the future. Using 15 computers, the robot can sense emotion through other's facial features and react appropriately. It is also in the process of learning how to speak and communicate with humans. By creating a robot that "learns," the MIT group hopes to make the robot capable of increased intelligence as well as making it look as lifelike as possible. One might wonder if this robot could pass the Turing test.
This article deals with the actual creation and capabilities of artificial intelligence and takes more of a utopian outlook on A.I. It does not delve into the social implications of what might come out of creating an intelligent mechanism. Though the scientists at MIT would probably go as far as they can to make a robot that is as lifelike as possible but others might not be as welcoming to the idea. There are many critics that have a fear of reproducing life and it's effects on society. This dystopian view has an untrusting outlook that pins artificial intelligence as unnatural or potentially dangerous.

Article: MIT scientists create a more "sociable" robot.
Author: Eccles, Lisa. Source: Electronic Design v. 49 no9 (Apr. 30 2001) p. 30 ISSN: 0013-4872 Number: BAST01052922 Copyright: The magazine publisher is the copyright holder of this article and it is reproduced with permission. Further reproduction of this article in violation of the copyright is prohibited.

Sunday, October 14, 2001

In various ways, the internet has completely altered the way I communicate. First of all, there are at least a dozen people who my only contact with is through e-mail because they are scattered around the country and keeping in contact via telephone is too difficult. Using the internet, I can send quick messages to friends and family without having to deal with long distance charges. Also, students like myself move around a lot and often have to change phone numbers. My e-mail keeps me connected. The internet itself is also an endless database for research when it comes to papers and other schoolwork. Message-boards allow me to voice my opinions on any subject to a global audience. I can also shop and get music through the internet. I now no longer call a place to ask for driving directions there. I can go directly onto a server and get step by step detailed directions drawn out on a map. The list does not end there. The internet has endless opportunities for all kinds of communication between all kinds of people.

Friday, September 28, 2001

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This article discussed the danger involved in the technology of biological warfare. Specifically, the article pinpointed the possible use of a special refridgerated warhead that could delivery the deadly and contagious smallpox into a population with disasterous effects. The article went on to describe the possible uses of anthrax as well, but anthrax is more difficult to employ and less destructive because it is not contangous like smallpox. However, "It would take a wide range of technological experience and access to microorganisms and the ability to grow them and protect oneself, and come up with a suitable dispersal method which is not at all easy," said Mark Wheelis, a professor of microbiology and a bioweapons historian at the University of California at Davis.
Still, this article illustrates that technology and values are often intertwined. Arnold Pacey discussed this theme in his essay, "The Culture of Technology." Like Einstein and the atom bomb, there are often questions as to which technological innovations can be used for the advancement of society and which are created with malicious intent.
Some hold the belief that technology is "essentially amoral," while the most common view is that technology is instrumental and that social ills should not be blamed on technology, but on people. It is like the saying, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." But, in the case of biological warfare, I think that the technology should not even be given the chance to develop. Mainly because the last couple of weeks have shown us that there are people who should not be exposed to such technology and then trusted to make the moral decision.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Jillian is cool.