Social Intelligence Technologies: Menace or Aid?

By Peter Géczy, Noriaki Izumi, Koiti Hasida, Akira Mori, Koichiro Eto and Satoshi Hirano.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Digital environments and World Wide Web are progressively becoming social platforms. Technologies have advanced to a level capable of offering multimodal social interactions. Expanding interaction modalities and increasing sophistication of enabling technologies have allowed for explorations of new dimensions of human interactions. Elucidations of human interactions in digital environments have been gaining significant attention from both researchers and practitioners. Various technologies and methods have been developed for acquiring and analyzing interaction data. They provide valuable insights on human interaction characteristics and attention allocation. They help us better understand our human nature, but also exploit it. These technologies, findings and data are sensitive. Although academia and commerce share common interests in better data acquisition technologies and understanding of our behavior, their goals significantly diverge in application areas. While academia is primarily motivated by the quest for knowledge, businesses are motivated by the commercial gain—at the significant expense of our basic human right–privacy. Sensitivity of behavioral data, technologies, and increasing erosion of our privacy present numerous concerns and challenges. Despite the importance of social intelligence technologies, and surrounding issues, rigorous interdisciplinary investigations are scarce. We attempt to fill the gap at the interface of contemporary technological enablers, social orientation of digital environments and legal initiatives.

Keywords: Social Intelligence Technologies, Digital Environments, World Wide Web, Social Web, Privacy, Web Technologies, Human Interactions

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 14, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 531.574KB)).

Dr. Peter Géczy

AIST, Tokyo, JP, Japan

Peter Géczy’s interdisciplinary research interests encompass domains of technology management, knowledge management and engineering, social intelligence technologies, services, data and web mining, human interactions and behavior in digital environments, information systems, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Géczy has been serving on various professional committees, editorial boards, and has been a distinguished speaker in academia and industry.

Dr. Noriaki Izumi

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Dr. Koiti Hasida

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Dr. Akira Mori


Dr. Koichiro Eto

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Dr. Satoshi Hirano

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan