In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

Hawk Eye and the problem of functional autonomy

Is it ever ok to blame a machine for a human failing? In this episode, Mike and Josh talk about the Hawk Eye controversy in the football Premiere League, and the problem of relying on machines to make decisions for us.

Snow Crash and the virtual world

In this episode, Mike and Josh talk about Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson. In the novel, the author presents the concept of the ‘Metaverse’ – a utopian vision of a collective virtual world. But is such a world even possible? Download the latest episode of the In The Zone podcast to find out!

Coronavirus, ecofascism and social change

In this podcast, Mike and Josh talk about the dangers of ecofascism, and those unscrupulous individuals using coronavirus as a means to justify fascist ideologies. The global lockdown will surely bring about social change, but what sort of world do we want to create?

AI content creators and the future of news

In this podcast, Mike and Josh reflect on the implications of AI content creation and where AI content creators may take us next.

Working in the home

Mike and Josh are joined by Dr Emily Cox-Palmer-White to discuss research around domestic labour and the distribution of work in the household.

What makes a robot ‘female’?

Mike and Josh are joined by Dr Emily Cox-Palmer-White to discuss her research on female androids, also known as ‘gynoids’, and the different ways they are depicted in fiction and wider society.

Dog breeding and dangerous dogs

Is there really such a thing as a ‘dangerous dog’? In this episode, Mike and Josh are joined by Kate Milroy to discuss this contentious issue, and the way owners treat their pets. Should a dog ever be put down because it’s considered ‘dangerous’? Tune in to find out!

The marketisation of Higher Education, and the impact of Covid-19

In this podcast, Mike and Josh discuss the marketisation of Higher Education, and the potential impact and ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The secret lives of vets

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a vet? In this episode, Mike and Josh are joined by Kate Milroy to discuss the secret lives of vets, and what it’s really like working with animals.

AI and the automation of art

Can AI ever produce art? What do we mean by art anyway? Mike and Josh consider the potential impact of AI and automated technologies on the world of art production and literature.

Animals, language, killing and death

Mike and Josh are joined by Dr Emma Franklin, a linguist whose research explores the language around death, and specifically, the killing of animals.

Isolation and the world after Covid-19

Mike and Josh are joined by Emma Franklin to talk about isolation and the changes to daily life brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. What will happen next? Mike, Josh and Emma share their thoughts on the world after Covid-19.