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Implanted Smart Technologies

Shawn Harmon

Affiliated staff:   Graeme Laurie   Robin Williams

Funding: The Project is supported through the kind assistance of the SCRIPTed Conference Committee, SCRIPT, the School of Law, and Innogen.

January 1 2011 – December 31 2011

Aims and objectives

The IST Project is a multi-pronged project intended to explore and advance academic thinking around the techno- and socio-legal aspects of implanted smart technologies and their implication for concepts of normality.  Core academic objectives are to survey the technical state and trajectory of implantable smart technologies, and to interrogate their relationships with both the human person and the law.  It will explore concepts of ‘normalness’ and how they are captured and entrenched in law, and how new technologies such as these are forcing a re-evaluation of the concept and related concepts such as ‘enhanced’, and what that means for human identity.  In doing so, it will investigate the role of the law (both proactive and reactive) in this unstable and convergent field.

Research methods

The IST Project is intended to bring together a collection of international experts from a number of fields for the purpose of critical thinking around this topic, which is of current and future concern, with a view to stimulating new scholarly and practical approaches to existing legal frameworks and to exploring possible change.  It relies on a collaborative discursive format, one objective of which is to encourage the formation of cross-disciplinary networks, and another of which is to develop one or more multi-centre collaborative projects.