Professor Andy MiahProfessor Andy Miah

Professor Andy Miah is Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Director of the Creative Futures Research Centre at the University of the West of Scotland. A prolific cultural commentator and philosopher, he commences a lecture tour as a visiting Scholar at University of Otago, during which time he will give a number of public talks on such subjects as the use of social media in disaster zones, the emergence of bioart, the future of fairness, and the rise of the genetically modified athlete. He is also a social media advocate and, as a photo anthropologist, has been published in a range of books and magazines.

Tuesday 22, opening plenary: Life isn't fair, but should it be?

What kind of fairness do we seek for our societies? Is equality of opportunity enough to satisfy our pursuit of justice, or would we prefer it if goods were evenly distributed across the population? How will this balance be affected in the future, where we might use technology to genetically engineer a person to be a great athlete, or an extraordinary musician? Would this make our society more or less fair? Would the absence of the genetic lottery mean that people are more likely to get what they deserve, rather than just what was afforded to them because of good or bad luck? This talk will consider what is at stake when we move from chance to choice in our pursuit of justice.


Professor Andy Miah's research focuses on questions concerning the future of humanity and his publications span journals and books in science, technology, ethics, art, media and cultural studies.

Professor Miah holds numerous national and international positions, including Fellowships at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, USA and FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, UK. He is also a Global Director of the Washington based Centre for Policy and Emerging Technologies.

Professor Miah's major works include the pioneering texts Genetically Modified Athletes' (2004 Routledge) 'The Medicalization of Cyberspace (2008, Routledge) and Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty (2008, Liverpool University Press).

Professor Miah is part of number committees, including the Glasgow City of Science Media Committee, the International Astronautical Federation Technical Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space. He is also Associate Editor for the International Journal of Technoethics and Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology.

For more information on Professor Miah:
 Twitter: @andymiah

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