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Topics: DT Car Awards, Marshawn Lynch, Facebook Live Streaming, Perfect Memory Smart Pro Camera, VR Roller Coasters and a Robotic Dog.

The DT Car Awards are officially out and we share some behind-the-scenes tales from this epic endeavor. One of the biggest surprises for this year's awards, was the help we received from celebrity judge, Marshawn Lynch. We've got several stories about him, including how he ordered 3 gallons of lemonade, from a Chick Fil A. Also, Jack and Holly were able to take a spin in a few of the cars and let us know about some of the tech features they found most impressive. 

Facebook is investing heavily in Live Broadcasting and this week it received a big boost in publicity. Congressmen took to broadcasting via Facebook and Twitter when C-SPAN was taken off of the air, during a live sit-in. With the proliferation and push for regular users to start Live Streamng their lives, we discuss where we think it's all heading. 

Along the lines of sharing your life, there is an Indiegogo campaign to make it easier for you to catch every moment. The Perfect Memory Smart Pro Camera is designed to be on at all times, worn around your neck, recording everything. When an event happens you want to post, you double-click it, save the last 5 minutes and the program will edit a ready-made video for you. The convenience is undeniable. However, privacy concerns are going to become more prevalent as we have to assume that we are always being recorded. Would you be interested in this product?

Virtual Reality is obviously going to become more ingrained in our entertainment options, as the technology is refined. One way that it is currently being used, is to enhance Roller Coasters at Six Flags. Holly actually experienced the ride and shared her thoughts on it. One major concern; How sanitary is it sharing VR Headsets with the masses?

Boston Dynamics is known for producing impressive, yet somehow unnerving, videos of their robotic creations. The latest one features their robot dog, called the SpotMini. It features an elongated "neck and head" that appears to identify a dirty glass to place in the dishwasher and even recycles soda cans. Despite the creepy factor, would you be interested in owning your own robot dog helper?

 

Today's episode features Holly Smith, Jack Phan, Nick Mokey and Greg Nibler.

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Topics: E3 recap, Amazon Alexa, Drone deliveries, Elon Musk Mars Cargo, Mars Posters.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was this week and we have DT's Computing Editor, Matt Smith, to give us the breakdown. Xbox made a big splash with their plan to make games work cross-platform, between PC and the Console. The plan is that games will only have to be purchased once, which will be a huge bonus for Gamers.

Playstation also gave word that their new VR set for the PS4 will be available in October. The early reports are that it isn't really impressing a lot of people. The lower price point will definitely be a bonus however, allowing an easier VR entry point. In addition, they have partnered with Star Wars for a number of new games, which will surely be a big draw.

Traditionally, the biggest thing at E3 is the announcement of new games and this one does not disappoint. Included was Nintendo, which introduced a new version of Zelda. This new take on the game will allow for an open world and more interactive play. Overall, it seems like they have done a great job of bringing the classic franchise into the modern age of gaming.

Amazon has been receiving great reviews for the Alexa voice assistant and they have a lot of plans to evolve it's emerging AI. According to the MIT Technology Review, they are exploring ways to allow Alexa to better understand the emotions of it's Owners. If successful, this is a huge advancement that could drastically change Home Technology. Could this be the start of everyone having their own personal J.A.R.V.I.S., ala Tony Stark?

Starship Technologies is a company created by two former Skype co-founders and they have come up with a concept for ground-based drone deliveries. Drew had some hands-on experience with it and let us know about how it works. Essentially it's a cooler on wheels, designed for city deliveries of goods, using sidewalks. The biggest question is whether, or not, the drone would be secure.

Drew then also filled us in on the backlash that is out there, regarding drones. There was a commenter on his article who started a Facebook Page called Throw Stones At Drones! While we don't advocate this tactic, we can assure you the comments are worth checking it out.

Elon Musk announced yet another ambitious plan. This time, he wants to establish a steady cargo route between Earth and Mars. The freight path is planned to start within 2 years, allowing for a far cheaper way to get supplies to the Red Planet. The cargo would leave every 26 months, to take advantage of the shortest distance.

Finally, NASA is already planning for the colonization of Mars and even came up with some images designed to encourage employment for future explorers. While clearly designed tongue-in-cheek, they are very well done. They look like some kind of Sci-Fi propaganda and you can even print them out for at-home posters!

 

Today's episode features Rick Stella, Drew Prindle, Matt Smith and Greg Nibler.

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On this episode discuss Apple's WWDC, Tesla and Black Boxes for cars, China's plan for a Deep Sea Lab and the Touch of Bass speaker.

We start today's show off with a preview of what to expect, or not to expect, from the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), happening June 13th-17th. Apple seems to have been in a bit of a slump lately as far as the "Wow" factor, with their announcement. The rumors consist of a beefed up version of Siri, attempting to compete with Amazon's Echo, among others. Other than that, will we get a new MacBook, or improved software? Are you anticipating anything exciting from WWDC?

Tesla is also in the news this week, as another person has blamed their semi-autonomous features for an accident. In this case a person in California claimed that their new Model X accelerated on it's own, crashing the car into a building. Tesla decided to take a look at their software and determined the accident was manually caused by someone pressing the gas pedal. There are a ton of benefits that can come with this kind of tracking, but what are the drawbacks? Is it a good thing, that Manufacturers and Insurance Companies will soon have access to all of your driving habits?

Next we discuss China's recent list of their top 100 science and technology priorities. Their plans include building a massive sea lab, 10,000 feet under the ocean. IF, they actually can do this, it would be a tremendous breakthrough in technology. This also ensues the debate, of whether you'd rather live 10,000 feet under the sea, or live in a Space Station.

Finally, we close with some DT Show and Tell. A few weeks ago, we were joined by Ezra from Case of Bass and Caleb has his hands on one of their latest creations. It is a portrait of a classic 80's-Style Boombox called Touch of Bass, which includes actual speakers. It's a work of art for anyone that is a fan of that decade and on top of that, it sounds great!

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Nick Mokey, Ryan Waniata and Greg Nibler.

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On this episode we are joined by comedian Gabe Dinger, discussing Bridgetown Comedy Festival, VR Cinemas, Facebook AI Moderating, Texting Traffic Signals, Elon Musk things we're in a Video Game.

We had a special guest on today's show with comedian Gabe Dinger. Gabe is part of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, which is happening right now in Portland. Listening to this show will make it clear, that Gabe has most definitely found his calling in life!

Reportedly the World's first VR Cinema has opened up in Germany. It's essentially a room full of comfortable-looking chairs, where you put on the VR equipment and headphones and then enjoy a solo performance of the 3 offered movies. Would you actually want to watch a movie in such a place? 

Facebook recently announced that they are increasingly using AI systems to flag offensive content on their platform. The over 100,000 people employed world-wide to scan for obscenities, are starting to suffer symptoms similar to PTSD. While this new system would definitely help them, we discuss the importance of making sure we know who is in charge of their algorithms. 

Walking and texting is a societal issue that we all witness, every day. First Germany and now New South Wales in Australia, have begun plans for ground level traffic lights to alert inattentive texters. Should taxpayers be paying for people who refuse to look up, or should natural selection take it's course? (of note, I'm one of those people that walks and texts too much!)

Finally, Elon Musk has once again blew the minds of people far and wide, with a statement he made at Recode's Code Conference. He believes that we are almost certainly living inside an advanced civilizations video game. For real. We'll let that sink in....

Today's episode features Marie Pardo-Garber, Rick Stella, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

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