The Impromptu

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The Impromptu is a weekly podcast, hosted by Michael Norton and Alex Knight. It’s a multi-faceted show discussing how technology, design, and economics converge on topics that matter most to us. We examine the creative process and how the decisions we make, shape our perceptions and lives.

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  • 71: The 45th…

    Today on the program, Michael and Alex try to stay optimistic, perhaps even idealistic, about the future of America.

  • 70: The Switch To Make You Switch

    Today on the program, it's all about the Nintendo Switch. It's difficult to avoid talking about it, because well... Nintendo. March 3, 2017 is the release date and Michael and Alex talked about the press conference where additional design details were released. It turns out, Nintendo put way more thought as well as fit and finish into the Switch than we both anticipated.

  • 69: Augmented Reality And Policy

    Today on the program, branching off our discussion of 8K home theatre products at CES 2017, Michael and Alex get into a thought provoking conversation about VR, augmented reality, and how does government respond (if at all), to mass adoption and the protection of privacy in a future where that takes over? Do new policies and committees get created to deal with AR?

  • 68: The Year That Was A Serial Killer

    Today on the program, Michael and Alex reflect on the large amount of celebrity musician/actor deaths in 2016, why people care about them so much, and why we rarely talk about the thousands of people dying every year by ISIS. Michael is happy to announce he has received his AirPods and gives us the details on how well they work. Lastly, what's going on with the rumoured iPhone form factor that's supposed to be somewhere between a 4.7" and 5.5" phone

  • 67: Super Mario Growing Pains

    Today on the program, Super Mario Run for iOS is finally here, but it comes at a cost--a rehash of the same lazy plot Nintendo seems to always fall back on (Mario saving Princess Peach). We follow up on some hardware related news for Nintendo’s next generation console: the Switch, Apple finally ships the AirPod wireless headphones, Michael provides an opinion about the latest Beats Solo 3 headphones, and a tribute to Canadian actor and cultural icon, Alan Thicke.