"My interest in technology spans debates about enhancing evolution through human enhancement and the rise of alternative digital worlds"

From very early on in my studies,  it became apparent that elite athletes were outliers in humanity's trajectory towards enhancement. They always experiment with technology to go beyond what we previously thought was the limit of human capability.  

Consequently, sport became a core focus for my work. This research grew quickly into a broader focus on the ethics and cultural study of human enhancement, along with biolegal research. At the turn of the century, the human genome project and the growing shift in language within research and medicine to think of ageing as a disease rather than just something that people encounter as they grow old, focused my work on the range of ways that humanity could be made more resilient and more biologically adaptable by way of human enhancements.

Over the years, I have written about various kinds of enhancement, from memory deletion to genetic modification and I've published in journals of law, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology and science. After completing my PhD in 2002, I undertook a Master degree in Medical Law, which really brought home how crucial it is for these discussions to borrow from different disciplinary insights. Since then, I have been involved with a range of international projects, focused on human enhancement. Alongside this work, I have developed theoretical perspectives on posthumanism, cyborg culture, and challenges to conventional bioethics.


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