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27: Ample Conference Table

27: Ample Conference Table

The Industrial Design Philosophy of Star Trek.  The tools, manufactured objects, and environments in Star Trek have many influences: futurism, minimalism, mid-century modernism, ergonomics, and transhumanism, to name a few. In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison examine the industrial design philosophy of Star Trek. From its technological and social progressivism to its roots in 1960s counterculture, Zachary and Mike explore the implicit values and assumptions behind the industrial design philosophy of Star Trek. Zachary and Mike also debate the transformative potential of technology and its influence on the relationship between leisure and labor, both in the Star Trek universe and for us today.  Chapters Welcome to Episode 27 (00:01:08) Initial Thoughts (00:01:54) The Original Series - Design Philosophy and Technological Progressiveness (00:04:14) The Next Generation - User-friendliness and the Transformative Power of Technology (00:07:55) From TOS t