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Barry Kirby

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A human factors practitioner, based in Wales, UK. MD of K Sharp, Fellow of the CIEHF and a bit of a gadget geek.

Dec. 2, 2022

E265 - Why Twitter’s new verification system is a total disaster

This week on the show, we talk about the nightmare UX that has plagued Twitter recently. We also answer some questions from the c…

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Nov. 18, 2022

E264 - Multivoting: The best option for group decision-making?

This week on the show, we talk about how voting methods affect group decision-making . We also answer some questions from the com…

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Oct. 28, 2022

E262 - Robotic boots are walking the walk

This week on the show, we talk about how the Stanford exoskeleton walks out into the real world. We also answer some questions fr…

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Oct. 21, 2022

E261 - Are you lost without your phone?

This week on the show, we talk about how smartphones promise satisfaction and meaning, but a new study shows they deliver only mo…

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Oct. 14, 2022

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Recap + Podcast Announcement | #…

Recorded in front of a LIVE studio audience on October 11th, 2022, in Atlanta Georgia. Hosted by Nick Roome and Barry Kirby. On t…

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Oct. 7, 2022

E260 - A New Way to Alert Drivers to Pedestrians

This week on the show, we talk about how drivers could get alerts from nearby pedestrians’ phones. We also answer some questions …

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Sept. 23, 2022

E259 - Metaverse Standards are Coming

This week on the show, we talk about standardization in The Metaverse. We also answer some questions from the community about agi…

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Sept. 16, 2022

E258 - Touch screens are killing your driving experience

This week on the show, we talk about how a new study suggests Buttons in Cars Are Safer and Quicker to Use Than Touchscreens. We …

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Sept. 9, 2022

ReCast - How Will Cars of the Future Understand Passengers?

This week on the show, we talk about how Artificial Intelligence in vehicles will be able to adapt to our needs and answer some q…

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Sept. 2, 2022

E257 - Do video games affect your well-being?

This week on the show, we talk about how we may never know how video games affect our well-being. We also answer some questions f…

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Aug. 26, 2022

E256 - We Have 8 BILLION Humans to Design for

This week on the show, we talk abou how the world population is soon going to surpass the 8 billion threshold. We also answer som…

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Aug. 19, 2022

E255 - I've had it with these HF robots on this HF space station!

This week on the show, we talk about how a surgery-performing robot Is ready for tests on the International Space Station. We als…

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Aug. 12, 2022

E254 - THE LINE is a new city without roads, cars, and emissions

This week on the show, we talk about THE LINE, The City of the Future. We also answer some questions from the community about man…

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Aug. 5, 2022

E253 - User Perspective on Categorizing Chatbots and Voice Assistants

This week on the show, we talk about how to categorize conversational interfaces. We also answer some questions from the communit…

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July 22, 2022

E252 - The future of wearables is...socks?

This week on the show, we talk about how smart textiles can sense how their users are moving. We also answer some questions from …

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July 15, 2022

E251 - Grandma, Relax, it's Just a Robot

This week on the show, we talk about how New York State is giving out robot companions to the elderly. We also answer some quest…

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July 8, 2022

E250 - What's the Deal with Double-Decker Airplane Seats?

This week on the show, we talk about the Human Factors and usability implications of double decker airplane seats. We also answer…

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June 24, 2022

E249 - Let's Talk About Google's Sentient AI

This week on the show, we talk about how a Google engineer claimed their AI was “Sentient” AI. We also answer some questions from…

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June 17, 2022

E248 - Is Society Ready For AI to Make Ethical Decisions?

This week on the show, we talk about a new study on society’s readiness for AI ethical decision making. We also answer some quest…

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June 10, 2022

E247 - TRB's New Tool for Airport Construction Safety and Phasing Pla…

This week on the show, we talk about the Transportation Research Board’s new Construction Safety and Phasing Plans tool. We also …

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May 27, 2022

Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2022 Recap | #EHF2022 | Bonus…

This week on the show we sit down with Barry Kirby to discuss the Ergonomics and Human Factors conference (#EHF2022) put on by th…

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May 20, 2022

E246 - Let's Kiss in VR

This week on the show, we talk about how new technology will allow us to feel sensations in and around our mouth, We also answer …

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May 13, 2022

E245 - Human Robot Interaction will Change the Food Industry

This week on the show, we talk about how Human Robot Interaction will change the food industry. We also answer some questions fro…

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May 6, 2022

E244 - Fixing Humanity's Broken Risk Perception to Save the Planet

This week on the show, we talk about humanity’s broken risk perception and how it is reversing global progress in (what the UN is…

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April 29, 2022

E243 - How Human Factors Can Help Pilots Catch A Rocket Booster in Mi…

This week on the show, we talk about how a helicopter will attempt to catch a rocket booster in midair. We also answer some quest…

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April 22, 2022

E242 - How Top Reviews Help Sway Consumer Decisions

This week on the show, we talk about how top reviews sway consumer decision-making. We also answer some questions from the commun…

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April 15, 2022

E241 - How Giving Paramedics Jetpacks can Stop People from Dying

This week on the show, we talk about how paramedics might use jetpacks in the near future to save people’s lives. We also answer …

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April 8, 2022

Human Factors and Chill | Human Factors Hangout | Bonus Episode

Experiencing some technical issues behind the scenes so instead of a normal episode, we'll be hanging out and talking all things …

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April 1, 2022

E240 - How Can AI Provide Companionship?

This week on the show, we talk about an affair with Artificial Intelligence saved someone’s marriage, and the greater connection …

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March 25, 2022

E239 - Can we Define Sex as Risky Driving Behavior?

This week on the show, we talk about sex as a form of distracted driving and answer some questions from the community about needi…

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March 18, 2022

E238 - How do our Minds Distinguish Various Social Influences?

This week on the show, we talk about how our minds distinguish between various social influences and answer some questions from t…

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March 11, 2022

E237 - Can Human Factors of Workplace Relationships Improve Creativit…

This week on the show, we talk about how to unlock creativity in the workplace through the use of Human Factors Psychology and an…

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Feb. 25, 2022

E236 - How Can We Better Define “Mental Health”?

This week on the show, we talk about what the term “mental health” really means and its impact on Human Factors. We also check in…

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Feb. 18, 2022

E235 - Can Paraplegics Walk Again With Assistance From Technology?

On this week’s show, we discuss how an app enabled a paralyzed man to walk, and take some questions from the community about the …

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Feb. 11, 2022

E234 - How Can One Person Operate 130 Drones Simultaneously?

This week on the show, we discuss the human factors challenges with remote unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the context of cont…

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Jan. 28, 2022

E233 - Does Watching at 2X Speed Impact Learning?

This week on the show, we discuss e-learning in the context of learning from videos at twice the speed, and talk about our happin…

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Jan. 21, 2022

E232 - Will Future Humans Live Their Entire Lives in the Metaverse?

This week on the show, we talk about living your entire life in the metaverse and answer some questions from the community about …

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Jan. 14, 2022

E231 - Are Virtual Conferences More Inclusive?

This week on the show, we talk about how virtual conferences are more inclusive and eco friendly and answer some questions from t…

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Jan. 6, 2022

E230 - Did COVID Change the Way We Study Human Behavior?

This week on the show, we talk about how COVID has changed the study of human behavior and answer questions from the community ab…

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Dec. 31, 2021

2021 Recap | Bonus Episode

We did it. We made it through 2021. Huge thank you to all of our listeners (old and new) that make it worth it for us to do the s…

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Dec. 17, 2021

E229 - Can we Improve Our Relationship With Robots Through Dance?

This week on the show, we talk about how scientists are building trust in human-robot relationships through performative music an…

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Dec. 10, 2021

E228 - Is the Mars Mission Doomed From the Start?

This week on the show, we talk about how Mars Mission astronauts are worrying scientists by increasing their autonomy in remote i…

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Dec. 3, 2021

E227 - How Will Cars of the Future Understand Passengers?

This week on the show, we talk about how Artificial Intelligence in vehicles will be able to adapt to our needs and answer some q…

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Nov. 30, 2021

Oil Spill Prevention | Human Factors Minute | #TeamSeas Bonus Episode

..and now for another Human Factors Minute! Oil …

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Nov. 19, 2021

E226 - How Can We Make Self-Driving Cars More Human-Friendly?

Recorded live on November 18th, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome, &  Barry Kirby.

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Nov. 12, 2021

E225 - Should We Trust Computers Over Our Doctor's Expertise?

Recorded live on November 11th, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome, &  Barry Kirby.

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Nov. 5, 2021

E224 - Does Remote Working Foster Innovation?

Recorded live on November 4th, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome, &  Barry Kirby.

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Oct. 28, 2021

1202 The Human Factors Podcast (Interview with Nick Roome) | Preview …

This week we have a special preview from the upcoming episode of Barry Kirby’s 1202 The Human Factors Podcast! Why is it special?…

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Oct. 22, 2021

E223 - How can AI Improve Learning?

Recorded live on October 21st, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome,  Barry Kirby, & Frank Lacson.

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Oct. 15, 2021

E222 - What’s the Point of Transforming Exoskeletons?

Recorded live on October 14th, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome & Barry Kirby.

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Oct. 8, 2021

E221 - Can AR Assist Repairs in Space?

Recorded live on October 7th, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome & Barry Kirby.

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Oct. 1, 2021

E220 - Emoji: The Future of Communication?

Recorded live on September 30th, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome & Barry Kirby.

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Sept. 24, 2021

E219 - Can mental maps help with problem solving?

Recorded live on September 23rd, 2021, hosted by Nick Roome & Barry Kirby.

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