The Extra Dimension

The Extra Dimension features deep discussions on how technology intersects with other parts of our lives. Welcome to the heart of the technological convergence.



      The Extra Dimension #31: The Philosophical Implications of the Technological Singularity

      Episode Summary
      00:00:00 | Intro
      00:02:19 | Defining the Technological Singularity

      * The Future JAM link
      * The Singularity is Near » Homepage
      * Technological Singularity – YouTube

      00:06:18 | Historical Trends
      00:13:48 | Augmenting Ourselves
      00:20:56 | Consciousness and Robot Rights

      * Do Robots Deserve Rights? What if Machines Become Conscious? – YouTube

      00:34:24 | Backing Up the Human Mind



      The Extra Dimension #30: Stage Theater’s Tech Revolution

      Episode Summary
      00:00:00 | Intro

      * How Technology is Changing Theater Design – OzoBlog

      00:02:38 | Sound Design
      00:10:25 | Set Design
      00:14:32 | Lighting

      * Digital Drama: The technology transforming theatre – BBC News

      00:17:31 | Video Projection
      00:27:57 | Interactive Theater

      * Blood Will Have Blood – ImmerCity
      * Story Etc.

      00:34:07 | 4D Expreiences
      00:35:59 |...


       2018-03-14  1h32m

      The Extra Dimension #29: The Access Economy and the End of Ownership

      Episode Summary
      00:00:00 | Intro
      00:01:27 | Defining the Access Economy

      * Access economy – Wikipedia

      00:04:41 | The Sharing Economy

      * The Sharing Economy
      * Sharing’s Not Just for Start-Ups
      * The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing at All
      * How Uber and the Sharing Economy Can Win Over Regulators
      * A Better Way to Fight Discrimination in the Sharing Economy
      * Pros and Cons of Sharing Economy – Vision L...


       2018-02-16  1h20m

      The Extra Dimension #28: Infotainment Interface Design for Automobiles

      Episode Summary
      00:00 | Intro
      00:54 | Abstract
      In an increasingly connected, mobile world, situations where users do not interact with their digital lives are becoming few and far between. This can be a problem in situations that demand a user’s attention for their safety. Driving is one such situation, and it is doubly important because a significant portion of the western population drives on a daily basis. Researchers have tested different interface designs with...


       2018-01-15  32m

      The Extra Dimension #27: Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the Problems It Introduces

      Episode Summary
      00:00 | Intro
      00:36 | Definition of DRM

      Digital Rights Management
      Restrict usage of proprietary copyrighted works

      01:19 | Goals of DRM

      Prevent piracy
      Keep users in one company’s ecosystem
      Protect corporate documents from unauthorized access
      * Region locking

      The weird economics behind Steam prices around the world | PC Gamer

      09:07 | DRM in Games and Software

      Product ...


       2017-12-16  59m

      The Extra Dimension #26: Online Voting and Why We Don’t Use It

      Episode Index
      00:00 | Intro
      00:31 | What is E-Voting?

      * What is e-voting?
      * Electronic voting – Wikipedia
      E-voting: any voting that uses electronic devices to aid the process
      Polling place e-voting

      Counting machines, touchscreen devices, etc at the polling place
      Pretty common   in America
      Only really affects the behind the scenes counting part of voting

      Remote e-voting

      Voting on a p...


       2017-11-18  51m

      The Extra Dimension #25: Directed Panspermia and Our Purpose in the Universe

      Episode Index
      00:00 | Intro
      03:07 | How to Take Over the Universe (Extreme Space Colonization) | Eternally Curious #6 – YouTube

      How to colonize the universe with current technology

      Don’t send humans
      Send small, self-replicating probes (take inspiration from DNA)
      Probe has to be able to decelerate before landing
      Make many probes to account for most of them being lost along the way

      ~40 per galaxy should ensure one makes ...


       2017-10-15  53m

      The Extra Dimension #24: USB Type-C: One Connector to Rule Them All

      01:28 | Brief History of USB

      * A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it | Ars Technica
      * USB – Wikipedia
      Universal Serial Bus
      Prior to USB, most different classes of devices required different ports to connect to your computer
      USB replaced more and more things as its speed capabilities improved. First simple things like mouse and keyboard, later more sophisticated things like optical drives or wifi cards


       2017-09-15  55m

      The Extra Dimension #23: Post-Scarcity

      00:02:13 | Broad Overview

      * Post Scarcity Civilizations – YouTube

      * “A Civilization or economy in which scarcity of resources no longer exists.”
      * Post scarcity civilizations have to be either young and haven’t grown to their carrying capacity, or they have no growth
      * Initially basic needs will be met, and then we progressively move up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

      * A world without work is coming – it could be utopia ...


       2017-08-15  1h27m

      The Extra Dimension #22: Net Neutrality

      Episode Summary
      01:47 | Definition
      Net neutrality: the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

      * Network neutrality, explained – Vox
      * Net neutrality – Wikipedia

      03:02 | Why is it important?

      * Right to Internet access – Wikipedia

      Let’s look at some of the e...


       2017-07-15  37m