The community impact of new and emerging health technologies.
The anti-ageing phenomenon
Professor Alan Petersen believes a lack of effective community consultation over the development and use of new technologies undermines Australia’s democratic system. The leading sociologist wants the broader population to begin to seriously consider how we want our future shaped.
Alan is at the forefront of debate over the connection and communication between science and publics. As an author, researcher and policy adviser in Australia and Britain he has studied the ways science and technology shape our everyday lives for more than 20 years.
Alan Petersen's Articles
Helping hand: Aged care and AI
Beyond COVID-19, is AI part of the response to the failures of aged care?
Connection, or curse?
For the chronically ill, digital technologies enable comforting social interactions – but they come with their dangers.
A matter of trust
The public's panic surrounding COVID-19 is understandable given the steep decline in trust of authorities.
Stem cell tourism's exploits
If online advertising and news reports are to be believed, stem cell tourism is a thriving industry
The rise of the tattoo removal industry
Tattoo removal is a lucrative business. According to one estimate, about a quarter of Australians under 30 have a tattoo. And approximately a quarter of these people are planning to have it removed
Old but not wise? Our growing anti-ageing industry
There have been some reported increased rates of adverse events, including death, among healthy elderly people resulting from the use of human growth hormones. Adverse effects have also been associated with the use of stem cell-based cosmetics