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Kent Bye, host of the Voices of VR podcast. Photo illustration: Mike Sullivan.

Talking Ethics With VR’s Top Podcaster; Surreal Expands With New Partnerships

By  |  June 2, 2022 11:02 AM PDT
Photo: Kent Bye, host of the Voices of VR podcast. Photo illustration: Mike Sullivan.

Podcaster Kent Bye bought one of the early Oculus developer kits in 2014 and never looked back. In the eight years since he launched Voices of VR, an interview-focused podcast series, Bye has built up a library of over a thousand episodes, which together comprise one of the best historical resources for the VR and AR industry. Along the way, Bye has also become a prolific commentator and advocate on the topic of privacy and ethics in immersive technology development.

Today, Bye launched the first episode in an eight-part podcast series covering the first batch of VR and AR ethics white papers published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Bye has a knack for summarizing dense, complex material without watering it down—last year I saw Bye breeze through a presentation on ethics with speed and focus rivaling that of an auctioneer. He even served on the IEEE committee behind the papers. 

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