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Ethics of our Robot Overlords

 

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Is Data a person? Should we feel bad about Han Solo kicking C -3PO around? And whose fault is it that Ultron and Aida turned out so bad?

On this episode, Jacob and Matthew dive into the ethics of artificial life.

 

 

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Do we need SHIELD?

Luthor_Was_RightIf aliens and superpowers were real, would we need SHIELD? Are Lex Luthor and Amanda Waller right to be scared of Superman? Why do government agencies dealing with powered people have to be secret? Paul & Matthew cover these questions and more!

Special thanks to our listeners who sent in questions for us to discuss on the podcast.

 

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Heroes, On Screen and Off

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What makes a hero? Should our heroes be paragons of virtue we strive to be, or flawed people we can relate to?Who are our heros in real life, and how are our ideas of heroism changing, on screen and off?

Matthew discusses these questions and more with special guest Adam Hulse, focusing in particular on Spiderman, Batman, and Superman.

 

 

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QUESTIONS AS WE START AGENTS OF SHIELD, SEASON 4

agents_of_shield_fallen_agentI’ve had an up and down relationship with Agents of SHIELD over its last 3 seasons. The show has had its rocky moments, especially in the first half of the first season (though it gets a lot better in re-watch when you know Agent Ward’s trajectory), and there have been times when the Russian doll nature of Hydra always having a deeper mission has been frustrating. But overall it has become one of my favorite superhero shows, and one that has provided a lot for this blog to chew on. As I get ready for the premiere of season 4 this week, I wanted to go over some of the ethical questions the show has raised and the ones I’m hoping to see further explored in the coming season.*

  • What is the role of government oversight in a world where people have superpowers?

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Why I’m a Fan, and Why I Write this Blog

hidingI’ve seen this comic going around, and I like it and think its pretty accurate. But I want to add one more panel- one where the fan comes back out of the Tardis, and starts walking toward that big messy ball of conflict and says something like “ok, I’m back, and now I’ve got some ideas on how to deal with it all.”  Even better if the art shows him seeing some other fans who weren’t able to get away from the conflict the way he did.

Escapism can be pretty great, and is often a pretty basic need, whether you’re escaping the troubles of the world, or just your own home. As a kid, I would re-read roleplaying books or re-watch my favorite scenes from Star Wars as a way to drown out my parents fighting. To this day there are movies and TV shows I will turn on because the conflict between the Vorlons and the Shadows makes more sense to me, and feels less hopeless, than what I read about in the news. And when I need that, I do my best to let myself have it without shame, or judgement, something I still struggle with. Nor is anything I write here meant to shame others who need that escape- this is about my own feelings only.

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Mortal Kombat- The Reality of Fighting without Killing

(This post contains spoilers about the combat styles and some plot details of Daredevil, Captain America, Oliver Queen/Arrow and the Agents of SHIELD)

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Imagine this conversation.  A few friends come by and tell you that they’ve started spending their nights fighting crime. You express some concern, and one of the re-assurances they give you is that they never kill the bad guys, just knock them out. Ok, you ask, well do you do that? So they start telling you about the guaranteed non-lethal forms of combat they employ, like…  (more…)