Embodiment and the Everyday Cyborg: Philosophical and Sociological Approaches

In this post we consider how to study the embodiment of everyday cyborgs using phenomenological and sociological methods Although we often identify the locus of the self in the mind, what our body is like can have important effects on who we are. Our body is the means through which we perceive the world and … Continue reading “Embodiment and the Everyday Cyborg: Philosophical and Sociological Approaches”

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Making Meaning in Medical Devices – A Historical View

This post is the second in an occasional series, building up a historical picture of the everyday cyborg. During my time with the Everyday Cyborgs project, I have catalogued historical newspaper articles that have used the term ‘medical device’, in order to chart its development in British popular media since 1945. Here are a few reflections on what I … Continue reading “Making Meaning in Medical Devices – A Historical View”

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Software as a Medical Device: A Bad Regulatory Fit?

This post introduces some of the gaps and uncertainties we are exploring in relation to software as a medical device Advances in information technology have resulted in increasingly complex or “smart” medical devices that are capable of running software, lending these devices ever more complex functionalities. Often the relevant software comes as part and parcel … Continue reading “Software as a Medical Device: A Bad Regulatory Fit?”

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The Historical Geography of the Everyday Cyborg?

This post is the first in an occasional series building up a historical picture of the Everyday Cyborg One of the tasks currently being undertaken on the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project is to historicise the Everyday Cyborg. Some might disagree about how to define this central concept, and others might wonder whether there are better … Continue reading “The Historical Geography of the Everyday Cyborg?”

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Roll-back on Hard-won Amendments as the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Goes Through Final Stages

This post looks at the final changes to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-21 as it concludes its passage through Parliament. [Part I available here, Part II available here, Part III available here, Part IV available here, Part V available here, Part VI available here, Part VII available here, Part VIII available here] The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill completed its … Continue reading “Roll-back on Hard-won Amendments as the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Goes Through Final Stages”

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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