The Digital Revolution and Social Implications

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology (host committee)

Language: English

The proposed session aims at discussing the social implications of the so-called 4th industrial revolution characterized by the cyber physical systems (mainly, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence; Big Data),  which allow communication of digital equipment between themselves and/or with humans.
The extensive use of these technologies will bring about complete remodeling in the operationalization of economic and social systems, making them more autonomous, flexible and efficient, with low human intervention, affecting areas such as production, education, health, logistics, among others.  There is a consensus on the widespread impact of new digital technologies on the labor market. The rupture tends
 to be dramatic since non-routine cognitive activities will also be eliminated. "Smart" robots will replace traditional workers and professionals, in different areas, from Medicine, Law, Engineering to drivers. As a consequence, a radical redefinition should take place in many aspects that guide social life today: from the value associated with the social place of employment (and unemployment), to the renegotiation of the social contract, including new forms of redistribution of wealth that supposedly should grow significantly, under the new technological environment.
The digital revolution can be seen as an impressive array of possibilities that could lead to better living conditions to human societies, as well as it may be viewed as a dangerous threat. The session aims at stimulating the debate among sociologists regarding their views and proposals regarding the "intelligent technologies" revolution. How will it change our world and how Sociology could contribute positively
 in this debate?


Session Organizer:
Sonia GUIMARAES, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Oral Presentations
Methods of Information Extraction in Job Advertisements
Betül GÜNTÜRK-KUHL, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Germany; Philipp MARTIN, FederalInstitute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany
The Turn to Technological Unemployment: A Paradigm Shift in Economic Forecasting
Riccardo CAMPA, Jagiellonian University at Krakow, Poland
Big Data in Brazilian Politics
Rodolfo NOBREGA, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil; Pedro MARQUES CARVALHO, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil
‘Digital Humans’ and the Development of Cyborg Technologies
David PEETZ, Griffith University, Australia
Does Digitalization Contribute to Career Advancement of Early Career Researchers?
Irina GEWINNER, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany
Privacy Attitudes and Concerns in the Digital Lives of Older Adults: Westin’s Privacy Attitude Typology Revisited
Isioma ELUEZE, Western University, Nigeria; Anabel QUAN-HAASE, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Digital Spaces and Revolution of Gender and Sexuality: A Case Study of 'the Legend of Zelda: Botw'
Ladan RAHBARI, Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, Ghent University, Belgium