EPISODE 432: Sex Robots & Vegan Meat

Disruptive technology has defined our generation and captured our imaginations. I haven’t owned a television or a landline phone since the 90s. Google Maps makes it possible to navigate any city as a tourist with more accuracy than a local resident, and healthy food becomes cheaper and more accessible every day.

But there are downsides to disruption too – lots of downsides.

In the next decade, technology won’t just disrupt industries, it will disrupt the moral fabric of society. How do we navigate the complexity of artificial wombs, lab-grown meat, sex robots, and euthanasia? Do you have a firm moral stance on any of these issues? I don’t, and I’m not sure how to resolve these open loops.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet journalist and author, Jenny Kleeman, who shares her investigative research into morally disruptive technologies.

Listen in to learn:

  • The reality of sex robots and the real risks vs. rewards in the future
  • How lab-grown meat could replace our dependence on factory farms
  • Where to draw moral lines in the sand when it comes to artificial wombs, designer babies, and medically-assisted death


Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her articles appear regularly in the Guardian and also in the Sunday Times (London), The Times of London, The New Statesman, and VICE. She won the “One World Media Television Award” for her work on, Unreported World‘, and was nominated for the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award.

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