The Future Is Now: 2.0 Research Opportunities on Everyday Cyborgs 2.0

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I spotted two research opportunities related to “Everyday Cyborgs 2.0” and wanted to share those with blog readers. I’ll have multiple podcasts in the coming month or so related to the intersection of religion and technology, and of course I’m actively interested in this topic as it relates both to the present day and near future, as well as to the more speculative imagined future science fiction envisages. Here are the details:

We are now recruiting two Research Fellows to work on an exciting research project titled Everyday Cyborgs 2.0: Law’s Boundary-work & Alternative Legal Futures at the University of Birmingham. There will be three Research Fellows on the project, with the third being recruited in Autumn 2020.

Cyborgs - Persons - Devices - Replacements - Pacemakers

Everyday cyborgs are persons with attached and implanted medical devices; e.g., joint replacements, pacemakers, insulin pumps, and limb prostheses. Increasingly, these devices are smart devices. They run software and have wifi capabilities. They collect, analyse, and transmit data. However, their integration with persons creates difficulties for the law. Unanswered questions include:

(1) Should internal medical devices which keep the person alive be viewed as part of the person or mere objects (or something else)?;

Injury - Damage - Property

(2) Is damage to neuro-prostheses personal injury or damage to property?;

(4) How should the law deal with risks around unauthorised third party access and hacking?

Research - Project - Team - Questions - Documents

Building on preliminary research, the project team will answer such questions, using written documents, interviews, and focus groups to better understand the challenges, and test a series of imagined legal futures to assess what is practically possible and suggest solutions. The research will draw on literatures and methods from a range of disciplines, including law and policy, regulatory and governance studies, political theory, philosophy, sociology, and science and technology studies (STS).

Research Fellow 1 is offered for five years, starting on 1st September 2019. The person appointed will have...
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