was born and raised in Hong Kong. He speaks Cantonese and has often
enjoyed exploring the differences between European and Chinese attitudes
towards the adoption of new technologies. He is widely travelled having
lived for some time in Australia, Cyprus and now the UK. After recently
graduating from Nottingham University, where he majored in History and
Political Science, he has become involved in numerous charities aiding
the elderly and ethnic minorities in areas such as arranging adequate
housing and finding employment.
He holds several qualifications in computing and teaching English as a foreign language, and has taught foreign student groups in the UK and HK. Since encountering the academic strain of Transhumanism he has sought to expand awareness of the possibilities and surrounding issues into the public sphere by organizing and mediating student debates on human enhancement.
Owen authored Make Me Superhuman — the Top 10 Enhancements I Crave, Elite Sports and the Enhancement Debate, Sex Work — Demeaning Practice or Basic Human Right?, The Top Ten Best Science Fiction Movies, Sci Fi Anime: Dark Visions of an Ambiguous Future, Piracetam — is it the smartest of the smart drugs?, and UK Euthanasia Activism is alive and kicking.
Owen is an avid SF fan and a zealous advocate of existential Japanese anime, which he argues has far more evocative power and realism than the great majority of western animation and Hollywood blockbusters. He is active on blogs and websites fighting to keep the Internet open and free, and also strongly advocates issues such as bodily autonomy, the legalization of drugs, sex work, euthanasia, and the right to direct democracy. He is a Linux enthusiast and enjoys building small scale replicas of 20th century battleships when no one’s around.