Two researchers from UNamur explain digital technology in a podcast, not without humor

Two researchers from UNamur explain digital technology in a podcast, not without humor
Two researchers from UNamur explain digital technology in a podcast, not without humor

Despite its omnipresence in society, digital technology sometimes remains misunderstood by the general public. Whether it’s AI, virtual reality or even cybersecurity, it’s difficult to know where to turn. However, in the years to come, these technologies are likely to take up even more space in our respective lives.

To compensate for this lack of knowledge, Anthony Simonofsky and Benoît Vanderose, two researchers at UNamur, launched Pop-Code. Namely a series of 45-minute podcasts around this theme, through the prism of popular culture. “Passionate about cinema, we felt it was an engaging way to discuss the subject“, says Anthony Simonofsky, professor of digital transformation. And there is no shortage of material since, like Terminator, Minority Report Or Ready Player Onea panel of cinematographic works already addresses the issues inherent to digital technology.

In each monthly episode, the two colleagues first present an introduction and an opinion on the chosen film. This then serves as a pretext to raise a problem based on scientific literature. “For example, the movie Her (Editor’s note: romance between a man and an ultra-modern computer program) addresses the phenomenon of the fake girlfriend. We therefore talk about problems related to the subject with a fun side“, explains Anthony.

Produced by UNamur, this series of podcasts should further evolve by integrating a “video game” sequence, a very popular medium with young audiences. In addition, Anthony Simonofsky and Benoît Vanderose wish to increase collaborations with secondary school teachers as well as guests from outside the university. Their program could also be available on social networks in order to increase interactions with its listeners.

Pop-Code episodes can be discovered via https://podcast.ausha.co/popcode

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