Enter the metaverse…
Mike and Josh discuss the as-yet unrealised ‘dream’ of the metaverse, its implications, and whether it will prove popular with everyday consumers.
The murky world of NFTs
What are NFTs, why are they important, and what use could they be put to in the future? Tune in to find out!
In this podcast, Mike and Josh debate the increasing use of workplace surveillance, with productivity tools and even web cams now used to monitor the activity of staff. Is it just an inevitable consequence of rationalism? Tune in to find…
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.