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Pilot-less taxis; Amazon Parachute Packages; Golden Eagle drone defense; Elon Musk's Boring Company; Lab grown meat; Walking and texting

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Drew Prindle, Naomi Vo, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

  • Pilot-less taxis: If you head to Dubai this summer, you could be one of the few people to actually try out a flying pilot-less taxi. The 184 has one passenger, eight propellers, four arms and NO pilot. Would you be willing to go for a ride?

  • Amazon parachute packages: It's no secret that Amazon is determined to make drone delivery a reality. However there are a myriad of logistical problems standing in the way. They have now patented a parachute delivery system, as a means to get a package into your hands.

  • Golden drone defense: We've heard of a few countries deploying eagles as a means of defense against drones and now France has joined. They will have a team of Golden Eagles to deploy at military bases, airports and large events. Should the US start training birds of prey for the same purpose?

  • Boring Company: Elon Musk posted on Twitter in December that he was tired of sitting in traffic and said he wanted to bore a hole under the freeways to alleviate it. It looks like he was serious, because he is now drilling test holes in the SpaceX parking lot!

  • Lab Grown Meat: The promise of animal-free meat products may now be one step closer to reality. Using a process involving stem cells from pigs, Dr. Nicholas Genovese co-authored a paper detailing the specifics. Would you be ready to eat meat, grown from stem cells?

  • Walking and texting: As long as texting as been around, people have been walking in to things. A firm called HIG Traffic Systems has developed a system to show traffic lights on the ground, in order to alert people on their phones. Do you think you'd benefit from this system, or should we just let Darwinism run it's course?

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Is Apple creating a $1000 iPhone X; Amazon Go store run by robots; Zoom and Enhance an 8 x 8 image; Sending superbugs to space.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Adrien Warner, Rick Stella, Brandon Widder and Greg Nibler.

  • Is Apple creating a $1000 iPhone X?: Apple is planning a major update to the iPhone for its 10th anniversary edition, and there may be a major price increase as well. Will the iPhone 8, iPhone X, or whatever they call it be priced above $1000?

  • Amazon Store run by Robots: Amazon already has one of their "Go" grocery stores open as a trial. It looks like the stores could soon be coming to a location near you and the employees will largely be robots. Will the robots bag the groceries for you?

  • Zoom and Enhance an 8 x 8 pixel image: Google has found another way to utilize it's AI technology. The folks at the Google Brain division are using a pair of neural networks to enhance an 8 x 8 pixel image. The AI then creates an approximation of what it thinks the original image was. Beyond criminology, what else could the SciFi-like technology be used for?

  • Sending superbugs to space: SpaceX is sending a dangerous package to the International Space Station (ISS) in the form of a pathogen. The MRSA virus will be studied in a contained environment to see how it mutates in zero-gravity. It could lead to some great advancements in fighting the infection...or it's the start of a new horror movie.

 

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Hater dating app; Snapchat AR; In-person with Hyperloop; Boston Dynamics 'Nightmare' Robot; Dominos Facebook bot

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Holly Smith, Rick Stella, Caleb Denison, 'Conspiracy' Dan Gaul and Greg Nibler.

  • Haters gonna date: A new dating app has been created that goes against the trend of most apps in the genre. Instead of matching people up based on things they like, it selects someone that also hates the same things as you.

  • Snapchat adds more AR: Snapchat is adding more capability to the popular Lenses filter. Using Augmented Reality, it will be able to recognize and interact with real world objects and “identify environmental elements”. What could this mean for the future of interactive social media apps?

  • Hyperloop contest: Rick Stella recently traveled to Los Angeles for an event on the Space X campus. Teams from across the planet gathered to test their latest generation Hyperloop pods in a mile long tunnel. Elon Musk was on hand and Rick let's us know what he's like in person!

  • Boston Dynamics and the nightmare robot: A video was leaked this week, showcasing another incredible robot from Boston Dynamics. It is called “Handle” and runs on self-balancing wheels, instead of mechanical legs. It's definitely reminiscent of Skynet, but what are the practical applications?

  • Order pizza on Facebook: Dominos has announced you can now order their full menu, via it's Facebook messenger bot. The convenience factor is undeniably cool, but are you ready to have the power to order pizza so easily?

 

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Direct download: dtpodcast117.mp3
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