In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

The Podcasts Episode

Mike and Josh are joined by friend of the show, Claire McGann to chat about all things podcasts, including why they’ve risen to prominence, and what may become of them in the future.

Autonomous Weapon Systems and Killer Drones

Mike and Josh talk about the role of autonomous weapon systems (AWS), and some of the ethical issues that they present. They then move on to talk about semi-automated systems, such as drones, where the human can often prove the ‘weak link’ in the chain.

Academia and PhD Life

Mike and Josh are joined by Craig Jones to talk about the trials and challenges of academia, the marketisation of higher education, and the life of the doctoral student. Is academia really worth it? Listen and find out! [Contains mild swearing]

Book History with Claire McGann

Mike and Josh are joined by book historian Claire McGann to chat about her research into 17th century women’s prophesy, and what a title page says about a book. About Claire Claire McGann is PhD researcher at Lancaster University. Her…

The Stanstead 15

Mike and Josh discuss the curious case of the Stanstead Fifteen – a group of protesters tried for their role in preventing a Home Office deportation flight to Africa.

Genetics, Gender and Caster Semenya

Mike and Josh explore the curious case of Caster Semenya – a South African athlete whose hyperandrogenism arguably gives her a competitive advantage in the women’s 800m.

The Moral Machine

Mike and Josh discuss the implications of the Moral Machine experiment and the ethical variations of people from different countries and cultures.

Space Colonialism and Ethnofuturism

In this episode, Mike and Josh chat with Craig Jones, a PhD researcher at Lancaster University. Craig’s research looks at ‘space colonialism’ and ethnofuturism. [Contains mild swearing]

Social Media and the Internet

In this episode, Mike and Josh chat about the impact of social media and the internet, and the massive power of corporations such as Facebook and Twitter.

In Conversation with… Rafael Savva

Mike and Josh chat to Rafael Savva, final year PhD student in law, to discuss his research into corporate governance and the link between social responsibility and the law.

Robot Ethics

Mike and Josh discuss Isaac Asimov’s ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ and ask whether they’re still relevant in today’s world.

The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles

In this episode, Mike and Josh continue their chat about autonomous or self-driving cars, and venture into the world of ethics.