Trends with Benefits: Indiegogo scams, Microsoft’s AI takeover, $50 for a movie?

Microsoft’s BUILD Developer Conference is going on as we speak, and artificial intelligence is front and center. Between the experiment with, to the announcement of the Bot Framework, Microsoft has some unique ideas on how to shape the emerging technology. We discuss how Bots can take over some of your more mundane tasks, and what you can expect if things develop the way they’d like.

DT’s own Caleb Denison just returned from a whirlwind tip to NY for an exclusive review of a new LG product. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes, for a technology reporter, he fills us in on how tech companies showcase their high-end products.

The product he got see this time? The new LG 4K UHD Oled Television. From his description, it sounds incredible and will be hitting a Best Buy near you soon. The full review will be live on Monday morning!

The co-founder of Napster, Sean Parker, is a backer of a new movie streaming service that would bring current theatrical releases, to your home. Screening Room has proposed a proprietary set-top box, which would allow you to rent the latest Star Wars or Avengers movie, for $50, all from your living room. The proposed service has received backing from Hollywood powerhouses, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams, among others. Would you be interested in renting a brand-new movie for $50?

Sometimes products on Indiegogo seem almost too good to be true, and this might be one of them. The Triton Scuba Mask claims to be a product that will allow people to breathe underwater, without an oxygen tank. In short; gills for humans. Drew went in depth to find out if this product is even physically possible to create, or if this is one of the most elaborate hoaxes we’ve seen in a while. Judging by the over $800,000 they’ve had pledged so far, they are really good at convincing people it’s legit.

Today’s episode features Brad Bourque, Drew Prindle, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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