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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
The Commissioner for Patient Safety: A Missed Opportunity?
In this blogpost Dr Victoria Moore explores the role of the Patient Safety Commissioner, arguing that it may not be sufficient to ensure patient safety I am nearly a couple of months late for New Year predictions, but nevertheless, here is mine for 2022. I predict that the new Patient Safety Commissioner (PSC) role – … Continue reading “The Commissioner for Patient Safety: A Missed Opportunity?”
Filling up the timeline: have I missed anything?
This post offers a short update on the historical work our project is pursuing; particularly concerning a timeline resource which some of you may be kind enough to help with. Briefly though I would like to flag that our project is still recruiting those living with attached or implanted devices and prosthetics, to participate in … Continue reading “Filling up the timeline: have I missed anything?”
A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)
Continuing our occasional series looking at medical devices from a historical perspective, we here provide a foundational resource for those looking into medical device business history. Building on our earlier preliminary historical research concerning the publics of medical devices, we are here sharing a way to visualise some of the most important businesses for the … Continue reading “A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)”
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”
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?”