at the forefront of technological change
"My research examines cutting edge questions that emerge from technological change. I'm fascinated by the philosophical, ethical, social, and political challenges presented to us by new technology"
where I was influenced by all kinds of expertise - psychology, biomechanics, anatomy, sociology, cultural studies, and philosophy. The latter became the focus for my work and I began on a path which examined fundamental philosophical questions about what it is to be human, what is a good life, and how science, medicine, and techNology provoke new questions about our place in the world.
It seems to me that the single most important issue of our time is how we utilize technology for the better or worse of humanity. As we enter a world of autonomous vehicles, artificially intelligent machines, genetically enhanced lives, and digitally mediated relationships, we need to answer complex questions that challenge who we think we are and our place in the world.
and how this is compromised or enriched by new technologies. I think of technology in a very broad sense. It comprises objects that we make, but also ideas that we develop, and systems that underpin our use of things. We need smart solutions that allow the world to function as a whole and this alone makes it much harder to identify values, codes, and policies which can allow all societies can get behind.
In 2003, I began to work around the areas of media art and brought my research into transhumanism and posthumanism into this world. From there, bioart became a key interest and focus for my theories on the future of creativity, but artistic practice is interwoven in my daily life through web design, photography, film making, and experimenting with new media platforms like 360 video and drones.
I've spent a considerable amount of my career studying media change, particularly in how it affects our sense of identity, community, or professional conduct. The Olympic Games provides a regular outlet through which to glimpse into the state of the art in media culture and, over the years, I have nurtured my own creative practice first as a writer, then as a photographer, and more recently as a film maker.
how humanity deals with change within society. Often, my route into a topic is through imagining the changes to our culture that are beginning to emerge as a result of some new set of circumstances, whether it is the possibility of cryonics, the rise of social media, or the creation of citizen science, the cultural impact of technology runs through all of my writing.