My New Knees: On The Way To Being Cyborg

"My new knee is called a Genesis II, a whimsical name that connotes an entirely new species cooked up from metal and plastic. Its principle components are cobalt chromium molybdenum alloy, titanium, and polyethylene. Polyethylene is the scourge of our oceans and landfills; titanium, though, is less alien. Mined from deep in the earth, it's … Continue reading My New Knees: On The Way To Being Cyborg

10 Words Technology Borrowed from Nature, Orion Magazine

Excerpt from my new piece in Orion Magazine, September/October 2015 10 Words Technology Borrowed from Nature 1. Ecosystem. The internet is often described as an ecosystem (or a sky, or a park, or a jungle), and many of its parts are named after the natural world. “Cyberspace,” says the technology historian Fred Turner, “is a … Continue reading 10 Words Technology Borrowed from Nature, Orion Magazine

Can a virtual reality game make you forget you’re in pain?

My new piece at The Conversation A couple of weeks from now I will be in hospital undergoing a knee replacement. It will be the most extreme surgery I’ve ever experienced and I’m pretty scared. I’ve been told that I can expect to endure excruciating pain afterwards but I won’t be allowed to lie in … Continue reading Can a virtual reality game make you forget you’re in pain?