The everyday cyborg: mapping legal, ethical and conceptual challenges
Prof Muireann Quigley
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Everyday cyborgs are all around us. They are people with replacements and augmentations ranging from artificial joint replacements, implanted devices such as pacemakers and the total artificial heart to limb prostheses. Linking the organic, biological person with synthetic, inorganic parts and devices raises novel questions for the law. Answering these questions satisfactorily requires a re-analysis of the conceptual and ethical terrain underpinning the law, as well as the law itself.
This project will lay the groundwork for this by identifying, mapping, and beginning to explore the novel legal, ethical, and conceptual challenges posed by implantable and prosthetic technologies.