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 kinds of knowledge, systems and human capabilities do we need 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 where I investigate how research practices and policy shape artificial intelligence and robotics in settings such as social care for the elderly. Right now my main focus is the UKRI-funded UK Ethics Accelerator.
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
- The questions we should be asking about vaccine passports
- The politics of robotics research
- 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”
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