Cian O’Donovan is a social scientist who researches how emerging technologies and societies shape each other. Two questions drive his work: how can the benefits of emerging technologies best contribute to a flourishing world? and What kind of knowledge, systems, human capabilities and collective action are required to imagine and build this world?
Cian works at UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies where he has been investigating how research promises, practices and policy shape artificial intelligence and robotics in settings such as social care for the elderly and across issues such as sustainability. In 2014 he co-founded Uplift, Ireland’s largest people-powered organisation for change, where he advises on strategy and governance.