Title: Smart Homes: Technological Gate Keeper
Run Time: 19 min 42 secs
Host: Luke Rodgers
Panelists: Nabbit, Oktober and Major Monocle
Topic: Smart Homes
- Oktober talks about how, in an earlier episode, we had a brief discussion of “homes of the future” (via the 1950’s and 1960’s). That episode was mainly about appliances, while this show is about the inter-connectivity of your house and your devices.
- Luke manages to confuse a bunch of Amazon Echo’s by saying the name Alexa several times throughout this conversation. Nabbit simulates the creepy laugh glitch.
- Luke tells the story about setting up a Smart light bulb to work with his mother’s Amazon Echo. It was not an easy process due to some communication issues.
- Nabbit talks about how the one major problem faced by these technologies is that they don’t all work together, which leads to compatibility and performance issues. He attempts to coin the term “Universalized.”
- Major Monocle suggests that older home also have some issues when it comes to the construction and materials used. However he promptly loses the argument when he talks about running ethernet cables throughout the home.
- Oktober brings up the old 1960’s smart homes with switches that controlled everything from lights to the sound system. Luke brings up the fascination he had as a kid about homes with intercom systems. Nabbit talks about how one of the houses he owned had one, sadly non-functioning.
- The panel talks about how technologically advanced Oktober’s Victorian era house is. Security Cameras, gate sensors, Central AC, etc…. all would be amazing wonders to the people who originally built the place.
- Luke brings up a scene in Mr. Robot were a smart home is hacked and explains how it is another fear that people have about linking everything together with technology. Major Monocle brings up the fact that the Disney Channel made a show about that fear back in 1999 called (appropriately enough) Smart House. The poster is amazing.
- Major Monocle talks about how far we’ve come technologically in the last decade and how apps now rule the world when it comes to making devices like the Echo and iHome function.
- Nabbit talks about how everything has a computer in it now and how interactive some devices have become. He cites a recent test drive he took where the on board assistant app turned the AC up when he said that he was hot.
- The discussion turns to implantable devices like cochlear implants and heart monitoring chips that are controlled by apps. Nabbit talks about his heart monitoring implant “phones home” every night.
Game: “You Deserve Better”
In this game the panel is presented with a thing, place, event, etc… and make it better somehow.