John Wyatt is Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London and also Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics & Perinatology at University College London. He was Co-Principal Investigator for a research project based at the Faraday Institute investigating the implications for human self-understanding of recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotic technology. In this role he provides research supervision and guidance for junior academic staff. He participates frequently in the teaching and public dissemination activities of the Faraday Institute.
He continues to lecture at undergraduate and postgraduate level both nationally and internationally in topics relating to biomedical ethics and the wider implications of technological advances. He participates frequently in public meetings and debates and occasional radio and television programmes concerning topical issues in biomedical ethics.
He writes ‘I am a doctor, author, speaker and research scientist. My background is as a consultant neonatologist and academic researcher focussing on the mechanisms, treatment and prevention of brain damage in newborn infants. I am now engaged in addressing new ethical, philosophical and theological challenges caused by advances in medical science and technology. I am also fascinated by the issues raised by rapid advances in AI and robotics, and the interface between cutting-edge science and Christian faith.
My academic title is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics & Perinatology at University College London. I am also a senior researcher at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge.
I worked as a paediatrician specialising in the care of newborn babies at a leading neonatal intensive care unit for more than 25 years. Through my clinical experience I became increasingly aware of the ethical maelstrom caused by advancing technology and contentious debates about the nature of humanity at the beginning and end of life.
I’ve now retired from frontline medical practice and I am focussing on the ethical, philosophical and theological issues raised by rapidly advancing technology.’