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Introducing Everyday Cyborgs 2.0

As technology increasingly blurs the boundaries between the biological and the synthetic, law struggles to keep up Increasing numbers of people worldwide rely on medical devices to help them to function. These devices range from the relatively simple, like hip replacements and aesthetic prostheses, to the complex, such as insulin pumps, pacemakers, and the total … Continue reading “Introducing Everyday Cyborgs 2.0”

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Taking Embodiment Seriously in Ethics and Political Philosophy

This post summarises a recent paper by Joseph T F Roberts – Taking Embodiment Seriously in Ethics and Political Philosophy – recently published in The Journal of Value Inquiry.   The idea that we ought to take account of how people are embodied has become commonplace amongst a heterogeneous groups of philosophers and critical theorists. … Continue reading “Taking Embodiment Seriously in Ethics and Political Philosophy”

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Project Report: Year 3

In this report we set out what we have achieved in months 30-42 of the Everyday Cyborg research project, as well as outlining the research and other activities we intend to pursue over the coming year. In particular, in this report you will find updates on: the team’s empirical work, our research on the notion … Continue reading “Project Report: Year 3”

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Being Novel? Regulating Emerging Technologies Under Conditions of Uncertainty

This post summarises a chapter by Joseph TF Roberts and Muireann Quigley – ‘Being Novel? Regulating Emerging Technologies Under Conditions of Uncertainty’ – recently published in Novel Beings: Regulatory Approaches for a Future of New Intelligent Life (eds. David Lawrence & Sarah Morley). Novel Beings If novel beings worthy of moral status were to emerge, … Continue reading “Being Novel? Regulating Emerging Technologies Under Conditions of Uncertainty”

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The Future of Medical Devices Regulation in the UK? Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Même Chose

This post discusses the Government’s response to the MHRA’s consultation on the future of medical device regulation. In October 2021, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Medical Device Regulations 2002. As we have written previously, the consultation comes within a period of flux for medical … Continue reading “The Future of Medical Devices Regulation in the UK? Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Même Chose”

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Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Technology and the Law

This piece was originally posted as a Birmingham Law School Research Blog Post This post summarises a paper we published a few months ago in Diabetic Medicine: ‘#WeAreNotWaiting DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems and the Challenges for the Law’* Authors: Rachael Dickson, Jessica Bell, Amber Dar, Laura Downey, Victoria Moore, Muireann Quigley Post written by: Rachael Dickson OS AID … Continue reading “Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Technology and the Law”

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Visions of the Everyday Cyborg Workshop

Earlier in September, the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project hosted a two-day workshop at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Park Hotel. The workshop brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars including lawyers, clinicians, sociologists, cybersecurity researchers, and regulatory experts to discuss the regulation of medical devices. Short summaries of the papers are presented in the workshop … Continue reading “Visions of the Everyday Cyborg Workshop”

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Encountering Everyday Cyborgs: Reflections On Field Work So Far

In this post our socio-legal researcher, Rachael Dickson, reflects on the interviews she has been conducting with persons living with attached and implanted medical devices. The data collection phase of the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project commenced in earnest in November 2021. Nearly a year on, it seems like a good time to reflect on these … Continue reading “Encountering Everyday Cyborgs: Reflections On Field Work So Far”

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Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop: Embodiment in Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Law

Earlier in September, the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project hosted a panel as part of the Mancept Workshops  at the University of Manchester. The panel, organised by project researcher Joseph Roberts, brought together philosophers and bioethicists to discuss how we might take better account of embodiment in ethical theorising, political philosophy, public policy, and law. The … Continue reading “Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop: Embodiment in Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Law”

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AI/ML-enabled Medical Devices: Regulatory Discussion in the UK and the US

This post discusses the current regulation of AI/ML enabled medical devices in the UK and compares potential policy changes with the US. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems in medical devices has been linked to improved healthcare – for example, by providing earlier and more accurate diagnoses to patients, automating … Continue reading “AI/ML-enabled Medical Devices: Regulatory Discussion in the UK and the US”

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Expanding the Medical Devices Archive: A Guide to a New Collection of EC and EU Documents

This post introduces a new collection of EC and EU papers concerning the regulation of medical devices. In the course of searching for sources which might illuminate the history of medical device regulation in Europe, I visited the website for the Historical Archives of the European Union. However, I could only access a very small … Continue reading “Expanding the Medical Devices Archive: A Guide to a New Collection of EC and EU Documents”

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