In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

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.

The cult of Christmas

In a special festive episode of the podcast, Mike and Josh talk about all things Christmas, and the way concepts of Christmas are being ever-shaped by big business and the pressure to consume at all costs.

Gender and AI

Why are so many digital voices female? Why do we ‘prefer’ female voices to male? In this episode, Mike and Josh discuss the question of gender and AI, and some of the many factors that have led us to a world dominated by ‘female’ digital assistants such as Alexa, Siri and Cortana.

The death of the high street

Mike and Josh consider the death of the high street, and the impact of technology on the way we shop for goods. They also discuss the role of libraries, among other things, and how the market has slowly eroded the heart of many local communities. Is more regulation the answer? Download the latest episode to find out.

Academic self-publishing

Mike and Josh turn their attention to the world of academic self-publishing, and whether the freedom granted by online platforms and print-on-demand technology can help overcome the many issues associated with academia and the dissemination of knowledge.

The digital archive

What data should we store for posterity? How do we decide what to keep and what to throw away? In this episode, Mike and Josh discuss the digital archive, and the issues with long term data storage and the internet.

Ghostwriting, AI and the Future of Essay Mills

Mike and Josh talk about the murky world of professional ghostwriting, and consider the impact AI may have on written media in the near future. With AI now capable of producing human-like written content, it won’t be long before AI are used by essay mills to create essays for students that bypass the normal plagiarism checks. Higher education is certainly in for a shock..

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.