I research, write, and advocate about emerging technologies and society. Two questions drive my work:
- How can the benefits of emerging technologies best contribute to a flourishing world?
- What diverse sets of knowledge, systems and human capabilities are required to imagine and build this world?
My work is about finding ways in which innovation can be directed towards social progress, and calling out reasons why it so often is pointed in the opposite direction. Reasons such as incumbent power, special interests and systematic inequalities. I work at UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies on how research practices and policy shape artificial intelligence and robotics in settings such as social care for the elderly and across issues such as sustainability.
I also do my best to ensure this work contributes to building for movements that can challenge powerful interests and achieve a more sustainable and fairer world. In 2014 I helped found Uplift, Ireland’s largest people-powered organisation for change, where I advise on strategy and governance.
c:\>recent writing, research notes and papers
- Bloomberg Quicktake: Robots bring smiles to care homes
- En Avant: End of year mix, 2020
- Pre-print: Accountability and neglect in UK social care innovation
- “We don’t get paid for empty beds”
- Human capabilities and diversity
- EASST/4S 2020: Scaling robot demand through doing robotics in public
c:\>projects and profiles
- UCL – Department of Science and Technology Studies
- SCALINGS – Scaling up co-creation, pathways and challenges for socially robust innovation
- UK Ethics Accelerator – Coordinating and Mobilising Ethics Research Excellence to Inform Key Challenges in a Pandemic Crisis
- Uplift – people-powered change
- Twitter – @cian
- ORCiD – orcid.org/0000-0003-4467-9687
- ResearchGate – researchgate.net/profile/Cian_Odonovan