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Today's episode features Nick Mokey, Ryan Waniata, Bill Roberson, Caleb Denison & Greg Nibler.

In this episode we delve into the philosophy of emerging tech. We've got some fantastic new contributors to Digital Trends and we start off with a question proposed by one.

David Weinberger is a senior researcher at the Barkman Center and his newest article is entitled "Should your self-driving car kill you to save a school bus full of kids?". That's a rather dramatic question, but it's honestly representative of the decisions that will have to be made in the programming of autonomous vehicles.

We follow that up with discussion of another article from a new contributor, Douglas Rushkoff. Douglas is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. The article is great and questions how the digital era has changed not only our viewing habits, but storytelling as a whole.

 

 

Finally, we bring up the advent of 3D Printing. Could it bring about a new age in the world of fashion and home design? Round table results were mixed, but please let us know what you think!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PST

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Matt Smith, Drew Prindle & Greg Nibler. 

The Microsoft Surface Pro is coming out in a few days and Matt got his hands on one early. In our "live" review, it's overall a pretty exciting product, minus a few...issues.

Taking a question from a listener tweet, we then take a look at the future of VR. In particular, we talk about some of the less expensive options that are coming out. From Google Cardboard, to Homido and many others, there are lot of products out there. But, if you're going to go with a VR system, would it be better to just wait for the Gear VR and Oculus coming out within the next few months?

HBO's CEO, Richard Plepler, recently made a bold statement regarding the lack of partners for HBO Now. Many of their traditional cable partners are reluctant, or outright refusing to allow the standalone service on their platforms. His argument; it would help them all to make more money. 

In a combination of tech we haven't really thought about until now, we discuss 3D printings and....dentistry! Researchers from the Netherlands claim to have developed a way to create artificial teeth that repel microbes at a molecular level. Of course, this leads to discussion of the future of grills.

Leeds University has a robotics research team currently working on a fleet of civil service robots. The robots will be divided into 3 categories: Perch and Repair; Perceive and Patch; and Fire and Forget. Fire and Forget could be one of the most terrifying terms ever.

Also, if Charlize Theron is listening to today's show, Caleb would like you to please follow him on Twitter @Caleb_Denison.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Today's episode features Jeremy Kaplan, Caleb Denison, Ryan Waniata & Greg Nibler. 

Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief of Digital Trends, tells us all about the visit Good Morning America made to our New York office. Jeremy was featured in the shoot, as they "Torture-tested" iPhone cases.

Online Television services are increasingly looking to stream live programs. Rumors abound that Apple may work with CBS and Amazon is discussing live services of their own. With the cable-cutting trend of some consumers, how will this effect the "big" cable companies? Also, how does everyone stay competitive with P2P sharing?

From there we hit several topics in rapid succession. First, we discuss Google's newest patent. They have plans for a solar-powered contact lens, that could be a step towards making us all cyborgs.

The next topic is more of an update to a frequent subject of our show which is drones, of course. A company called Battelle Innovations has come up with a product called the DroneDefender. It uses radio pulses to take down drones on the spot.

We then hit on the biggest story in space exploration of this week; the potential find of an Alien Megastructure on the distant star, KIC 8462852. Is it an actual Dyson sphere? This could be the nerdiest discussion ever had on this show.

Finally, Caleb explains what #FrozenChook is. It's probably not what you were thinking.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Today's episode features Nick Mokey, Brad Bourque, Marie Pardo-Garber & Greg Nibler. We also broadcast the show live on Periscope. Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

The Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Event was this last week and they announced several upgrades and new products. Included in those announcements was the new Surface Book, Microsoft's first foray into Laptops. It's looks good, but it is expensive. We discuss the motives behind it and whether it's a good business decision to finally go this direction.

There was also a demonstration of HoloLens and a new game called Project X-Ray. The potential of HoloLens and other Augmented Reality products is tremendous, both professionally and for consumers.

Drones are the topic that never goes away and with nearly 1 MILLION estimated to be sold around Christmas, they will only become a bigger story. The FAA is rapidly attempting to reign in use of drones over restricted areas and has dropped a $1.9 million fine on a company that violated this. However, is there any real way to control them? We discuss some possible solutions.

Finally, we get to the topic of AI.  M.I.T. has created an AI that has the comparable brain power of a 4-year-old. The advancements are incredible. So, with Singularity clearly on it's way, we have to ask the question; Would you rather try to miserably fight the robot overlords, or just bow down and hope they build you a sweet Matrix to live in?

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Direct download: dtpodcast051.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Today's episode features Matt Smith, Brandon Widder, Caleb Denison & Greg Nibler. We also broadcast the show live on Periscope. Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

We start off by discussing the Lynx Smart Grill, which it the BBQ that Caleb has been testing out. Is it cheating? Maybe a little...but it's still really amazing.

From there we move on to Google's big announcements from this week, starting off with the new phones in the Nexus line. Their new smaller LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made 6P look to be big improvements over previous versions. With better cameras and screens, come higher prices.

Google also announced two brand new Chromecast options, one of which is a new device that will work with standard speakers, called Chromecast Audio. Caleb is not sold on it's viability, but it could help out people not looking to make the full modern upgrade to their home audio system.

The updated version of the standard Chromecast, looks to be a lot nicer. It has a better appearance, upgraded specs and runs a lot faster than the original.

Tivo takes it further with their new Bolt option. It's a little pricey to get in the door, but we'll give you some tips on how to skip paying a few extra cable charges with it. Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV also have new boxes coming out very soon.

Finally, we discuss Mars. This week NASA announced the existence of flowing briny water on the surface. They also announced the winner of their 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, which was made by a company called Search Consortium and Clouds AO. Their design would essentially make Martian Igloos for future explorers to live in. Which leads to the question; Would you be willing to go?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

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