Episode 264 - #FCCMadness

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  • Episode 264
  • April 19, 2016

A La Carte TV Service? #OpenTheBox? #NetNeutrality? Just what is today's FCC (Federal Communications Commission) up to these days? That's what this episode is all about, and all of the ways that these various issues affect our day-to-day lives. From how we buy channels and shows, to the boxes we connect to display the services we're buying... and the way that service is delivered. The FCC has a large role to play in the future of communications, and the decisions they make affect you in ways profound and trivial. What do you think? Recorded 4/17/2016.

 

Episode 263 - Let's Talk About Bot, Baby

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  • Episode 263
  • April 14, 2016

Have you seen the "Scarlett Johannsen" bot from Hong Kong? This homebrew robotics creation, from budding roboticist Ricky May, has kickstarted a debate over celebrity, sex, objectification, relationships, power, and what it means to be intimate. Are we ready for this can of worms? Sex robots have been a past topic for us, but this particular project really casts some of the issues into an immediacy that's been lacking before. What does this mean for the human species? What do you think? Recorded 4/10/2016.

 

Episode 262 - #RevolvED

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  • Episode 262
  • April 12, 2016

Do we own our devices? It's a question that is becoming central to how products and services are designed in the Internet Age. Are we simply users, renting our devices and services from those that know better than us what ours needs, wants, and desires should be? Or have these companies overstepped, and in the process stepped on, their customers? These are some of the questions that we dig into, via the lens of the Revolv smart home hub. Revolv was purchased in a roundabout way by Google... and is now being forcibly retired. Permanently retired. What does that mean for the future of Internet? Recorded 4/10/2016.

 

Episode 261 - Lens On Media v1

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  • Episode 261
  • April 7, 2016

In this episode we take another trek into #virtualreality (#VR), #augmentedreality (#AR), and the gaming/porn/futuristic goodness that awaits all of us. Are we all destined to be perpetually parented by the corporations that provide these products, or will finally the ability to truly become part of the possibilities be a reality? What possibilities lie inside devices like Microsoft's HoloLens or newbie Meta's Meta2 product? Tune in and find out. Recorded 4/3/2016.

 

Episode 260 - MeatbagPolitics!!

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  • Episode 260
  • April 5, 2016

In this episode we talk a bit about politics for a change. It is after all the BIG THING that the media just cannot stop blathering on about. A political discussion for those not really into the establishment views or the standard mode of operation, we rant a bit about the "lead" candidates, political parties, the media, trade agreements, and the stunning disconnect between most Americans and the political classes. Recorded 4/3/2016.