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- It could be time to start thinking about a cybernetic Bill of Rights
- Visions of the future: five dark warnings from the world of classic science fiction
- Insurance black boxes and the surveillance state – how free are you, really?
- Video Assistant Referee: in football, as in war, sometimes we need a human touch
- Killer robots already exist, and they’ve been here a very long time
I’ve featured in many news publications including The Scotsman, The Independent and The Daily Star. I’ve also also appeared on several radio programmes and television shows, providing expert comment on robots, AI and other areas relating to technology, ethics and futures-thinking.
- ROBOTS: Time to think about laws? (TRTWorld, Jan 2020)
- Science faction? (Mensa, Nov 2019)
- News focus: VAR controversy (tbs eFM)
- Evil genius: Fly, my pretties, fly! (IET)
- Killer robots are not science fiction – they have been part of military defence for a while (The Independent)
- Scientists create DNA robots that eat and EVOLVE ‘blurring line’ between life and machine (The Daily Star)
- Interview with Howard Hughes (talkRADIO, May 2019)
In The Zone is a podcast collaboration between myself (Mike Ryder) and fellow academic, Josh Hughes. Described by one listener as ‘interesting chats with Mike and Josh’, each week, we take up a subject that we think is particularly interesting, and relate it back to our research and the wider world of academia. We also interview fellow researchers and review relevant books and films.
- Isolation and the world after Covid-19
- Coronavirus and the cult of the individual
- Man Plus by Frederik Pohl
- Vladislav Surkov and the politics of chaos
- Academic activism
- The US Space Force vs Starfleet Command
- Irregular warriors and mercenary soldiers
- First anniversary special
- ‘Good guys’ revisited
- The noir crime fiction of James Ellroy
Technology, Terrorism and Armed Conflict in the 21st Century (TTAC21) is an AHRC-funded research network run by myself and Josh Hughes, with contributions from colleagues across the UK and beyond. Each week, we read a paper related to the themes of TTAC21 and provide feedback for group discussion. We also hold face-to-face meetings between members.
- Fatton -The Impotence of Conventional Arms Control
- Dewan and Cheraoui – War on Terror 2.0: The Rise of White Supremacy Terrorism
- What do you expect to be the most important trend in the future of technology, terrorism, and/or armed conflict in the rest of this century?
- UK MoD – Future Force Concept
- UK MoD – Future of Command and Control
MJRyder.net started way back in 2008 as a personal portfolio and blog. Over the years, the website has developed to encompass the many different aspects of my professional and academic career to become the website you see before you today. Alongside this website, I also run an associated Facebook page, M.J. Ryder, through which I engage with my followers on topics relating to my research and my academic endeavours.