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Professor Andy Miah, PhD, is Director of the Creative Futures Institute & Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland, Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, USA and Fellow at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, UK. His latest book is called 'The Olympics' (Routledge)

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Living Without 'Her'

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 7:41 AM

What makes love so important to us? Why is it so central to our lives? Why do we invest so much of ourselves into its discovery and feel so strongly that our happiness depends on it lasting?

Are we fools to embrace the twisted turns of human relations, with...

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#RingFail -- Why a Broken Ring Matters at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:28 AM

The Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics may go down in history as having been one of the most ambitious and accomplished Winter ceremonies of all time. The complexity and sophistication puts it on a par with the Albertville Games, which is widely regarded to have been a Winter opening...

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Being Gay at the Sochi Olympics

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:46 PM

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about Russian law and homosexuality. Much of it has centered on international outrage at a change in legislation which, for many countries, would be a return to a very dark and depressing era in humanity's history, where non-heterosexual lifestyles were...

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Raising the Digital Generation

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:17 PM

Even before my two-year-old son was born, digital technology engulfed his life. We spent money on a 4D ultrasound scan, which gave us a glimpse of him a few weeks before he arrived. We used apps on our mobile phones to monitor my wife's contractions and, when he eventually did...

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Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Listening to the Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair's ruling was a drawn out process with tweets indicating that Oscar Pistorius could have taken a flight around the world and arrive back in time to hear the verdict. But after a little under 2 hours, Nair granted Pistorius bail, which was immediately...

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Oscar Pistorius Is More Than Just a Fallen Hero

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 1:21 PM

It was only a few days ago that the world of sport was talking about nothing but Lance Armstrong. However, the case surrounding Oscar Pistorius dwarfs any kind of doping scandal, past or present.

A lot has been written about how the tragedy will mean the loss of a...

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It's Not the End of the World, Yet

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 6:23 PM

It should be pretty well known by now that the Mayan's never predicted the end of the world today, but they have a reputation for doing so because the last day of their calendar had 21 December 2012, or thereabouts, as the last one.

However, that doesn't stop us...

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Happy birthday to You?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 6:13 AM

Today is my birthday. It began in the typical fashion - checking my mobile for Facebook birthday wishes. Afterwards, everyone got up and we opened presents, had breakfast, and so on. Later came text messages, then telephone calls and, eventually, the post. This seems to be the communication hierarchy today....

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Why Wasn't Lance Armstrong Caught Earlier?

(16) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 12:20 PM

The recent charges by USADA against Lance Armstrong are not just about one individual, they are about the entire sport system. In 1988, Ben Johnson shocked the world by testing positive for anabolic steroids. The outcome was the Canadian Dubin inquiry, which most importantly revealed that an athlete alone cannot...

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The Transhuman Paralympic Games

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:12 PM

The controversy surrounding Oscar Pistorius and Alan Oliveira obscures a deeper issue that is at the heart of the battle between the Olympic & Paralympic Games. It is in their interest to promote different definitions of what it is to be human.

Oscar's claim that Oliveira had 'unbelievably long legs'...

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A Very Olympic Last Night of the Proms

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 5:11 AM

The last night of sport at the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games coincided with the BBC's Last Night of the Proms on 8th September and it was a night full of Olympic tributes.

The programme included work by Josef Suk, which won a musical prize at the Los Angeles...

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Pussy Riot Sentence Jeopardises the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

(4) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 10:53 AM

While today's sentencing of the Pussy Riot trio and the accompanying 100 year law banning Pride marches is devastating for many Russian citizens, it also jeopardises the integrity of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, which will take place in less than two years. It may even be a bigger political...

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Julius Caesar is Victorious at the Olympic Games

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 8:03 AM

This week, the Noel Coward theatre staged a new commission within the World Shakespeare Festival, part of the wider London 2012 Festival. The Royal Shakespeare Company play forges an unlikely relationship between the leading British director Gregory Doran and Nelson Mandela. This classic Shakespearian play was staged within an imagined...

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The Olympic Games are over, but the London 2012 festival goes on

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 4:12 AM

While the Olympic flame is extinguished, the London 2012 Festival goes on and is poised to fill the void in everyone's life after the Games come to an end. By presenting 'once in a lifetime' cultural experiences, the merit of which aims to match the athletic excellence demonstrated by Olympic...

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One Day in London During the Olympic Games - A Guide for the Ticketless Olympic Tourist

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

With just a few days left of the London 2012 Olympic Games, you might still be thinking about venturing into the capital. So, what will you be able to do in the city if you don't have a ticket for any of the Olympic sport? Here's a suggested itinerary for...

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Is This What They Meant by the First Social Media Olympics?

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It is just one week into the London 2012 Olympic Games, but there has already been a tidal wave of headlines about what is happening in the world of social media at the games. While IOC officials heralded the first social media Olympics before the games, they probably expected that...

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Your Twitter Guide to the London 2012 Olympic Games

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 10:36 AM

The Olympics are upon us, you've charged up your mobile, you've wiped down your iPad, you have no data limits. Alternatively, you are absolutely nowhere near London and want to know what is going on. So, what should you do to make sure you don't miss out on crucial information...

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Why Oscar Pistorius Has Already Made History and Why It's a Good Thing for Everyone

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Oscar Pistorius made history this week when it was confirmed he would be the first athlete with a prosthetic device to take part in the Olympic Games, but what really does this mean for the future of sport and society more widely?

Much of the debate has focused on whether...

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Bioart is Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 8:58 AM

In recent years, a new breed of artists named bioartists have begun to infiltrate gallery spaces and scientific laboratories in pursuit of creative expression and new knowledge. Their number includes some of the world's most adventurous avant-garde artists, whose core currency is the playful and sometimes political exploration of new...

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Media Ethics: Is the Sky Falling?

(5) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM

The UK's Leveson Inquiry this week brings into focus the many debates that have taken place over the last two months about whether the British media's ethical foundation needs a radical overhaul after the apparent transgressions that have occurred through the News of the World phone hacking controversy. Many of...

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