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Posts published in August 2017

The Therac-25 Case Study – What Actually Happened?

The Therac-25 was a computerised medical technology radiation therapy machine produced by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in 1982.   Between 1985 and 1987, it was involved in at least six patients deaths due to incorrect radiation doses because of computer software related failure.   When the error was…

Your Responsibilities as an IT Professional

As an IT professional it is extremely important to make sure that you do not take advantage of your position on being able to introduce certain skewed characteristics into a computing system in order to gain unfair advantage to your company or client’s business. This is seen as unethical and…

New capabilities with technology

Computing technology has undoubtedly had some very prominent impact on society at large.   Of the almost countless capabilities that it has brought us, the following five core capabilities are without a doubt at the top of any compiled list on the subject: Ever increasing speed Unlimited storage potential Lack…

The Printing Press – Technology’s impact on society

It’s important to first define what the term “technology” means. Technology is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.” (Oxford Dictionary, n.d.) The term is not reserved for computing systems, but for any field of engineering or applied sciences.   The printing press has been one…

Google Abuses Search Dominance in the European Union

The EU Commission found that Google has been favouring their very own shopping service while demoting those of their rivals as well as the placement of how they are seen in search results online. This is favoritism or preferential treatment which makes it unethical, regardless of sustainability thereof.   This…