Language Technology and Society

  • Filename: language-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9780191613920
  • Release Date: 2010-04-29
  • Number of pages: 302
  • Author: Richard Sproat
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford



This book traces the history of language technology from writing - the first technology specifically designed for language - to digital speech and other contemporary language systems. The book describes the social impact of technological developments over five millennia, and addresses topics such as the ways in which literacy has influenced cognitive and scientific development; the social impact of modern speech technology; the influence of various printing technologies; the uses and limitations of machine translation; how far mass information access is a means for exploitation or enlightenment; the deciphering of ancient scripts; and technical aids for people with language disabilities. Richard Sproat writes in a clear, readable style, introducing linguistic and other scientific concepts as they are needed. His book offers fascinating reading for everyone interested in how language and technology have shaped and continue to shape our day-to-day lives.

Communication theory

  • Filename: communication-theory.
  • ISBN: 076197069X
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 255
  • Author: David Holmes
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd



This book offers an introduction to communication theory that is appropriate to our post-broadcast, interactive media environment. The author contrasts the 'first media age' of broadcast with the 'second media age' of interactivity. Communication Theory argues that the different kinds of communication dynamics found in cyberspace demand a reassessment of the methodologies used to explore media, as well as new understandings of the concepts of interaction and community (virtual communities and broadcast communities).

Language and Society in Japan

  • Filename: language-and-society-in-japan.
  • ISBN: 0521532841
  • Release Date: 2005-02-03
  • Number of pages: 169
  • Author: Nanette Gottlieb
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Language and Society in Japan deals with issues important to an understanding of language in Japan today, among them multilingualism, language and nationalism, and literacy and reading habits. It is organised around the theme of language and identity, in particular how language is used to construct national, international and personal identities. Contrary to popular stereotypes, Japanese is far from the only language used in Japan, and does not function in a vacuum, but comes with its own particular cultural implications. Language has played an important role in Japan's cultural and foreign policies, and language issues are intimately connected both with technological advance and with minority group experiences. Nanette Gottlieb is a leading authority in this field. This 2005 book builds on and develops her previous work, and promises to be essential reading for students, scholars, and all those wishing to understand the role played by language in Japanese society.

Routledge Handbook of Science Technology and Society

  • Filename: routledge-handbook-of-science-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9781136237164
  • Release Date: 2014-06-05
  • Number of pages: 540
  • Author: Daniel Lee Kleinman
  • Publisher: Routledge



Over the last decade or so, the field of science and technology studies (STS) has become an intellectually dynamic interdisciplinary arena. Concepts, methods, and theoretical perspectives are being drawn both from long-established and relatively young disciplines. From its origins in philosophical and political debates about the creation and use of scientific knowledge, STS has become a wide and deep space for the consideration of the place of science and technology in the world, past and present. The Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology and Society seeks to capture the dynamism and breadth of the field by presenting work that pushes the reader to think about science and technology and their intersections with social life in new ways. The interdisciplinary contributions by international experts in this handbook are organized around six topic areas: embodiment consuming technoscience digitization environments science as work rules and standards This volume highlights a range of theoretical and empirical approaches to some of the persistent – and new – questions in the field. It will be useful for students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities, including in science and technology studies, history, geography, critical race studies, sociology, communications, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, and political science.

Human Language Technology Challenges for Computer Science and Linguistics

  • Filename: human-language-technology-challenges-for-computer-science-and-linguistics.
  • ISBN: 9783319089584
  • Release Date: 2014-07-25
  • Number of pages: 550
  • Author: Zygmunt Vetulani
  • Publisher: Springer



This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th Language and Technology Conference: Challenges for Computer Science and Linguistics, LTC 2011, held in Poznan, Poland, in November 2011. The 44 revised and in many cases substantially extended papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 111 submissions. The focus of the papers is on the following topics: speech, parsing, computational semantics, text analysis, text annotation, language resources: general issues, language resources: ontologies and Wordnets and machine translation.

Science Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan

  • Filename: science-technology-and-society-in-contemporary-japan.
  • ISBN: 0521654254
  • Release Date: 1999-11-28
  • Number of pages: 226
  • Author: Morris Low
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



This book explores the dynamic relationship between science, technology and Japanese society, examining how it has contributed to economic growth and national well-being. It presents a synthesis of recent debates by juxtaposing competing views about the role and direction of science, technology and medical care in Japan. Topics discussed include government policy, the private sector and community responses; computers and communication; the automobile industry, the aerospace industry and quality control; the environment; consumer electronics; medical care; and the role of gender. This is an ideal introductory text for students in the sociology of science and technology, the history and philosophy of science, and Japanese studies. Up-to-date research and case studies make this an invaluable resource for readers interested in the nature of science and technology in the twenty-first century.

Convergence of Knowledge Technology and Society

  • Filename: convergence-of-knowledge-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9783319022048
  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Number of pages: 558
  • Author: Mihail C. Roco
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



This volume aims to document the most important worldwide accomplishments in converging knowledge and technology, including converging platforms, methods of convergence, societal implications, and governance in the last ten years. Convergence in knowledge, technology, and society is the accelerating, transformative interaction among seemingly distinct scientific disciplines, technologies, and communities to achieve mutual compatibility, synergism, and integration, and through this process to create added value for societal benefit. It is a movement that is recognized by scientists and thought leaders around the world as having the potential to provide far-reaching solutions to many of today’s complex knowledge, technology, and human development challenges. Four essential and interdependent convergence platforms of human activity are defined in the first part of this report: nanotechnology-biotechnology-information technology and cognitive science (“NBIC”) foundational tools; Earth-scale environmental systems; human-scale activities; and convergence methods for societal-scale activities. The report then presents the main implications of convergence for human physical potential, cognition and communication, productivity and societal outcomes, education and physical infrastructure, sustainability, and innovative and responsible governance. As a whole, the report presents a new model for convergence. To effectively take advantage of this potential, a proactive governance approach is suggested. The study identifies an international opportunity to develop and apply convergence for technological, economic, environmental, and societal benefits. The panel also suggests an opportunity in the United States for implementing a program aimed at focusing disparate R and D energies into a coherent activity - a "Societal Convergence Initiative”. This study received input from leading academic, industry, government, and NGO experts from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Science Technology and Society

  • Filename: science-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 0306461730
  • Release Date: 2000-04-30
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: David D. Kumar
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



This volume will take a comprehensive view of STS education, the goals of which are manifold, and include making science and technology literacy available for all Americans, preparing those not bound for college to compete successfully in an increasingly science-and technology-oriented global market, and equipping the average person with the information necessary for making informed personal and policy decisions concerning the role of science and technology in society.

Business Information Technology and Society

  • Filename: business-information-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 0415192129
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 252
  • Author: Stephen D. Tansey
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



This is an introduction to the nature and impact of the new information and communication technologies on business and society. It assumes no prior academic study of either business or information technology. It should provide ideal introductory reading for business undergraduates to the nature and uses of business information systems. It will also be an invaluable guide to the business and social implications of their subject for computing undergraduates. Although written from a British perspective, it emphasizes the global impact of the new technology and draws upon examples from the USA, Europe, Japan and the Newly Industrialized Countries of the Pacific rim. The theme of this book is that the way in which computing technology develops and is applied is the result of conscious choices both in society as a whole and within organizations using the technology. It emphasizes the need to ensure that IT is deliberately used to serve the public interest in society and the strategy of the organization concerned.

Science Technology and Society

  • Filename: science-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 0972989226
  • Release Date: 2005-01-01
  • Number of pages: 219
  • Author: Wenceslao J. González
  • Publisher: Netbiblo



The emphasis on the realm of Science, Technology and Society or Science and Technology Studies may have the same degree of relevance that the “historical turn” had in the past. It is a “social turn” which affects philosophy of science as well as philosophy of technology. It includes a new vision of the aims, processes and results of scientific activities and technological doings, because the focus of attention is on several aspects of science and technology which used to be considered as secondary, or even irrelevant. This turn highlights science and technology as social undertakings rather than intellectual contents. According to this new vision, there are several important changes as to what should be studied the objects of research, how it should be studied the method and what the consequences for those studies are. The new focus of attention can be seen in many changes, and among them are several of special interest: a) from what science and technology are in themselves (mainly, epistemic contents) to how science and technology are made (largely, social constructions); b) from the language and structure of basic science to the characteristics of applied science and the applications of science; c) from technology as a feature through which human beings control their natural surroundings (a step beyond “technics” due to the contribution of science) to technology as a social practice and an instrument of power; and d) from the role of internal values necessary for “mature science” and “innovative technology” to the role of contextual or external values (cultural, political, economic ...) of science and technology. Wenceslao J. Gonzalez is professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of A Coruña (Spain). He has been vicedean of the School of Humanities and president of the Committee of Doctoral Programs at the University. He has been a visting researcher at the Universities of St. Andrews, Münster and London (London School of Economics), as well as Visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. He has given lectures at the Universities of Pittsburgh, Stanford, Quebec and Helsinki. The conferences in which he has participated include those organized by the Universities of Uppsala, New South Wales, Bologne and Canterbury (New Zealand). He has edited 20 volumes and published 70 papers. He is the editor of the monographic issues on Philosophy and Methodology of Economics (1998) and Lakatos’s Philosophy Today (2001). His writings include “Economic Prediction and Human Activity. An Analysis of Prediction in Economics from Action Theory” (1994), “On the Theoretical Basis of Prediction in Economics” (1996), “Rationality in Economics and Scientific Predictions: A Critical Reconstruction of Bounded Rationality and its Role in Economic Predictions” (1997), “Lakatos’s Approach on Prediction and Novel Facts” (2001), “Rationality in Experimental Economics: An Analysis of R. Selten’s Approach” (2003), “From ErklärenVerstehen to PredictionUnderstanding: The Methodological Framework in Economics” (2003), and “The Many Faces of Popper’s Methodological Approach to Prediction” (2004).

Introduction to Energy

  • Filename: introduction-to-energy.
  • ISBN: 0521637678
  • Release Date: 1998-12-03
  • Number of pages: 427
  • Author: Edward S. Cassedy
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Energy issues such as pollution, resource depletion, global warming, nuclear power and waste are problems demanding timely solutions. This book provides a critical examination of the resources, market forces, and social impacts of modern energy production. The book addresses the dilemmas that have arisen due to society's crucial dependence on energy, particularly fossil fuels, and explores the available alternative energy producing technologies. The second edition has increased emphasis on those issues at the forefront of the current energy debate: energy sustainability, climate change, and the radical restructuring of the power industry due to deregulation. Assuming no prior technical expertise and avoiding complex mathematical formulation. The second edition, like the first, will be especially useful as a textbook for undergraduate programs in Science, Technology and Society (STS), and as a supplementary text in a variety of courses that touch on energy studies, including environmental and technology policy, environmental, mineral and business law, energy and resource economics.

Technology and Society

  • Filename: technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 019901471X
  • Release Date: 2015-08-06
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Anabel Quan-Haase
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



This timely text examines the places where technology and society intersect, connecting the reality of our technological age to issues of social networks, communication, work, power, and inequality. The result is a comprehensive overview of the technological tools we use, where they comefrom, and how they are changing our perceptions of ourselves and the relationships we form.

Literacy technology and society

  • Filename: literacy-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015040730957
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 604
  • Author: Gail E. Hawisher
  • Publisher:



Designed to help readers become critical thinkers about technology not simply consumers of technology. The readings span a broad range of topics and genres (and include alternative readings available on a World Wide Web site connected to the book). An abundance of writing-to-learn and writing-to-communicate assignments provide practice in crafting reflective pieces, thoughtful analyses of issues, argumentative discourse, research proposals, multimedia projects, and other kinds of electronic writing aimed at on-line discussion groups.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Psychology Technology and Society

  • Filename: the-wiley-blackwell-handbook-of-psychology-technology-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9781118772027
  • Release Date: 2015-06-02
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Author: Larry D. Rosen
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Edited by three of the world′s leading authorities on the psychology of technology, this new handbook provides a thoughtful and evidence–driven examination of contemporary technology′s impact on society and human behavior. Includes contributions from an international array of experts in the field Features comprehensive coverage of hot button issues in the psychology of technology, such as social networking, Internet addiction and dependency, Internet credibility, multitasking, impression management, and audience reactions to media Reaches beyond the more established study of psychology and the Internet, to include varied analysis of a range of technologies, including video games, smart phones, tablet computing, etc. Provides analysis of the latest research on generational differences, Internet literacy, cyberbullying, sexting, Internet and cell phone dependency, and online risky behavior

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