Funder(s): Edinburgh Law School, ESRC Innogen Centre, Moray Endowment Fund
MI Researcher(s): Shawn Harmon, Gill Haddow

The Implanted Smart Technologies (IST) project was 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 of the project were to survey the technical state and trajectory of implantable smart technologies, and to interrogate their relationships with both the human person and the law. The IST project explored 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 these concepts and related concepts such as ‘enhanced’, and what that means for human identity.

In doing so, the project also investigated the role of the law (both proactive and reactive) in this unstable and convergent field. The IST project brought together a collection of international experts from a number of fields for the purpose of critical thinking around this topic, which continues to be 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 relied on a collaborative discursive format, one objective of which was to encourage the formation of cross-disciplinary networks, and another of which was to develop one or more multi-centre collaborative projects.

Read more about the Healing Hands Exhibition of artwork from this project