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Big Tech Little Tech

The biggest stories in technology aren't always easy to wrap your head around. Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston unravel the strings, break down the headlines, and make tech simple enough that even your mum will understand. (At least, that's the aim.) See episode notes at https://btltpod.com, find Rick at https://rickhuckstep.com and Shaun at https://www.shaunweston.co.uk

Tracks

Meta financials, wearables, WhatsApp opens up, and Facebook’s 20
In episode 43 of the Big Tech Little Tech podcast, regular hosts Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep discuss various tech topics, including Brilliant Labs' Frame smart glasses, Meta's financial results, the impact of Facebook's 20th anniversary, the future of wearables with Apple Vision Pro, WhatsApp's interoperability, the launch of Bluesky Social, and the use of AI to decipher ancient scrolls and aid language learning. And did you know there's video content for BTLT fans in ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠our very own Patreon and YouTube channels⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Pixabay⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.
39:20 2/13/24
OpenAI goes to university, HeyGen goes to Davos, and the Apple Mac turns 40
In episode 42 of the Big Tech Little Tech podcast, regular hosts Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep cover a range of tech topics, including the Apple Macintosh anniversary, AI translation at the World Economic Forum, AI avatar translation, Sheryl Sandberg leaving Meta, deepfake controversies, OpenAI's partnership with Arizona State University, monetising student online activity, Perplexity and Rabbit R1's collaboration, and AI in writing with author Rie Kudan. They also discuss the integration of AI in Samsung phones, particularly its ability to provide information about objects in videos, offering a convenient way to access AI without relying on separate computers. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠our very own Patreon channel⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Pixabay⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.
32:27 1/30/24
Perplexity funding, ChatGPT Store, Rabbit r1, Bitcoin ETF, and holo Elvis
In episode 41 of the Big Tech Little Tech podcast, hosts Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep discuss a range of current topics, including Apple's Vision Pro ad, the Rabbit r1 AI assistant, Perplexity's series B funding, Microsoft Copilot, the ChatGPT Store, and the recent approval of Bitcoin ETFs by the US SEC. Also in the show, holographic Elvis, Mustafa Suleyman's 'The Coming Wave', Xbox toasters, BT EV cabinets, and Satya Nadella. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠our very own Patreon channel⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Pixabay⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.
34:19 1/16/24
OpenAI vs New York Times, Apple vs Masimo, vinyl sales, NFT music, and Oppenheimer
In episode 40 of the Big Tech Little Tech podcast, hosts Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep discuss a range of current topics, such as the lawsuit filed by The New York Times against OpenAI and Microsoft. They discuss the use of copyrighted content in AI language models and the implications for the media industry. Also in the news, Apple's legal dispute with medical device company Masimo came to a head when Apple Watch was unavailable for purchase for a couple of days over Christmas. This is a dispute over blood oxygen level measurement technology. The conversation shifts to Apple's privacy and security updates and how they’ve affected other companies. Apple's focus on privacy, and its entry into the digital ad space, is causing ripples. Talking of privacy, Google's misuse of data from Chrome users in its “incognito” mode has resulted in a hefty fine. Finally, the rise of vinyl record sales continues. Rick brings up his appreciation for the emergence of NFT music and blockchain-based technologies. Also in the show, Oppenheimer, Pokemon Concierge, Nasa broadband, Kim-e from Chronus, and Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard project by Blue Origin. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in ⁠⁠⁠⁠our very own Patreon channel⁠⁠⁠⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠⁠⁠⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Pixabay⁠⁠⁠⁠.
41:49 1/4/24
Neom and other mega projects, Boring Teslas, Archax, porn face scanning, and transparent wood
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston present the last episode of a tech-packed 2023. As the festive season approaches, a discussion about mega projects takes centre stage, with Saudi Arabia's ambitious Neom project first on the list. The Boring Company’s Tesla tunnel in Las Vegas is next, followed by the Samsung Semiconductor Factory in Texas, and the soaring Merdeka 118 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur. Rick wraps up this mega roundup with a brief synopsis of the Chūō Shinkansen maglev railway line in Japan. Also in the show, transparent wood, Archax nails the Gundam look, porn and face scanning, Spanish Christmas treats, and Germany's interpretation of an e-ticket. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in ⁠⁠⁠our very own Patreon channel⁠⁠⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠⁠⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠⁠⁠Pixabay⁠⁠⁠.
30:40 12/15/23
Global fintech, Rewind Pendant, Tom Hanks, and Jack Conte
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the rise of fintech and its impact on the banking system. They highlight how new digital banks like Revolut and payment systems like Apple Pay have transformed the way we manage our finances. Also, the convenience of mobile banking, the elimination of currency costs and friction in international transactions, Japan's cash-based society, prepaid cards, the influence of Uber and Starbucks, open banking, unbundling and the unbanked.Plus, the Rewind Pendant, Lex Fridman and Mark Zuckerberg avatars, deepfake dentistry with Tom Hanks, and the show's first awards go to The Browser Company of New York (Arc's Max AI integration), and Jack Conte of Patreon for his motivational YouTube video. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our very own Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and Pixabay.
39:55 11/16/23
Japan tech, Society 5.0, Japanese toilets, Sky OV, and Tamagotchi remembered
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston take a closer look at Japan and its unique approach to technology and innovation. From clean streets to efficient bullet trains, Japan showcases a different cultural mindset when it comes to embracing new technologies. We discuss the concept of Society 5.0 and how it may shape the future of Japan. We also delve into the country's impressive advancements in robotics and automation, including its role as a major manufacturer of robots. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of tech in Japan and discuss the potential impact on society. Also, the Sky OV AI-controlled plane, flunky Nanoleaf Christmas lights, Nepal’s TikTok ban, and Rick remembers his first Tamagotchi. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in ⁠⁠our very own Patreon channel⁠⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠⁠Pixabay⁠⁠.
37:24 11/16/23
AI and the future of work, Abigail Bailey, Morphobot, and The Coming Wave
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about AI and the future of work. Our hosts dive into the world of AI job creation and workplace efficiency, exploring the importance of responsible AI and the need for proper regulation and ethical guidelines. Whether you're an AI enthusiast or just curious about the future of employment, this episode is for you. Plus, find out who Abigail Bailey is, hear about the lawyer who used ChatGPT, how Morphobot can think for itself (kind of), and what Rick recommends as essential reading material in our awards section at the end of the show. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in ⁠our very own Patreon channel⁠? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠.⁠ Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and ⁠Pixabay⁠.
29:47 10/27/23
A screen-less future, Humane AI, chatbot comedy, and Tower Bridge CGI
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of a screen-less future, and how AI and IoT will play a role in shaping this future. The hosts explore the idea of ambient computing, where we are disconnected from a computer, but it's still there, out of sight. They discuss the limitations of current voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, and how they are moving towards being proper conversational AI. Also in this episode, TikTok's €345m fine, an Amazon Prime ad model, paying for a Big Mac with your car, football shirts on Tower Bridge, and AI chatbots try stand-up comedy. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and Pixabay.
35:58 9/29/23
AI's potential to transform the traditional teaching model
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the future of AI in education, and the potential benefits and concerns surrounding AI in the classroom. Did you know AI can enhance learning by providing personalised instruction, enabling students to interact with historical or literary figures? The hosts also discuss the need for educators and policymakers to adapt to the changing landscape of technology in education. Also in the show, Bhutan and its self-sovereign identity programme, Hyundai’s high-tech parking solution, AI anti-ageing breakthroughs, and Drake deepfake tunes. The news roundup includes IBM’s government contract, X’s revised privacy policy, Amazon shareholder’s lawsuit, YouTube’s healthcare verification, and Paris’s e-scooter ban. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and Oleksii  Kaplunskyi from Pixabay.
37:29 9/14/23
Smart home tech, Ralph Lauren in the metaverse, smart toilets, and snacks
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep discuss smart home technology, including security concerns and the market for smart speakers. They include smart devices in the kitchen and fun IoT gadgets. What are the misconceptions about smart home tech, and what do smart toilets and snacks have to do with anything? Plus, the CEO of Ralph Lauren's investment in the metaverse, declining TV viewership, Google's collaboration with Samsung and Qualcomm, and the wind-powered cargo ship Pyxis Ocean. The news roundup includes AI-generated art, EU's battery regulation, Microsoft's bid for Activision, and OpenAI's GPT 3.5. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic, and Yrii Semchyshyn from Pixabay.
33:43 8/29/23
Eye-tracking technology, Descript, AlterEgo, purple tomatoes and food apps
In this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep explore the use of eye-tracking technology in various industries, such as retail and automotive, and the potential security concerns associated with it. The conversation touches on companies like Palantir and its collection of eye data, as well as the positive applications of eye-tracking technology in medicine. Finally, what does eye-tracking have to do with gaming? Also in the show, Rick shares his new passion for a video-editing tool called Descript, and Shaun introduces AlterEgo, a non-invasive, wearable, peripheral neural interface developed by MIT Media Lab. It enables humans to communicate with machines, artificial intelligence assistants, services, and other people without any voice or externally observable movements. There's also the wildfires in Portugal and the question of using mountain ice caps to balance out water levels. Episode 32 concludes with a quick quiz about the most downloaded food apps in the world. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
38:54 8/15/23
Has Elon Musk dropped the ball?
In this bonus clip, Shaun Weston and Rick Huckstep discuss Elon Musk's decision to rebrand Twitter as X. Is Musk making a costly, ridiculous branding mistake, or is there a case for a super app strategy? Enjoy the clip, and we’ll see you for episode 32 very soon! And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
03:53 8/2/23
Deepfake technology, Meta Llama 2, Twitter-X, Microsoft makeup, and WorldCoin
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about potential uses of deepfake technology, including creating humour, recreating historical events and generating personal voices for digital assistants. Have you seen the Spanish reality TV show called ‘Deep Fake Love? Contestants are shown deepfake videos of their partners cheating on them, highlighting the ethical concerns and the difficulty of determining what’s real and what’s fake. They discuss the potential role of blockchain technology in verifying the authenticity of videos and the challenges associated with ensuring the originality and trustworthiness of content. Also in the show, Meta Llama2 conversational AI, Barbie and Oppenheimer, Microsoft Teams virtual makeup, Sam Altman’s WorldCoin orb, Black Mirror, Hijack, The Crowded Room, and why Rick always gets the last word (especially concerning Ted Lasso). And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
40:47 8/1/23
Starlink internet satellite, Threads, MSG Sphere, and VR events
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss satellite internet, with a focus on SpaceX's Starlink. They explain how satellite internet works, the benefits it can bring to areas without access to traditional broadband, and the potential for satellite internet to be used in farming and transportation. They also discuss competition in the market, including Amazon's Project Kuiper, and the geopolitical implications of satellite internet. Also in the show, the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas, an AR version of Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the birth of Threads. And did you know there's exclusive content for BTLT fans in our new Patreon channel? Well, there is! Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
34:54 7/18/23
Vision Pro, metaverse, Oculus, Blackrock Bitcoin, and AI jobs
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston invite Charles Radclyffe back to the show to continue last episode's chat about the Apple Vision Pro. This time, we'll discuss how Vision Pro stacks up against the Oculus, the difference between Apple's and Meta's marketing approach, and what this all means for a metaverse future. Plus, the Blackrock Bitcoin ETF, Nick Hungerford's AI legacy, and which industries have the most potential for automation. Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
34:31 7/5/23
Apple Vision Pro, Nasa X-Link, VirtualBrain, Swedish Chef, and travel currency
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about the much-talked about Apple Vision Pro (if you hadn’t heard enough about it already). What are its fun features, how do they work, and who’s the device really for? Plus, the Nasa/Boeing X-Plane, ChatGPT for organising individually curated content, and researching payment options before travelling. Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
45:32 6/21/23
Brain implants, Neuralink, dumb AI, Drops of God, and Ryan
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss rehabilitation engineering, specifically brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), which enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Also in the show, how dumb (and witty) AI can be, popular TV shows that draw to a close, and an AI reader called Ryan replaces Shaun as chief newsreader. Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
41:30 6/5/23
Google search AI, Sanctuary AI, 3D Titanic, and Sting
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about disruption, innovation and the future of search. Google has recently overhauled its search results page with AI, but can the company move away from its lucrative advertising model? Also in this episode, a new AI-powered humanoid robot, Final Cut Pro on the iPad, a Titanic 3D digital scan, and a quick quote quiz. Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
40:03 5/23/23
AI companions (plus live demo), Apple Card savings, and birthday vibes
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the growing trend of AI companions, and whether digital companions can truly provide the emotional connection humans crave. Also in this 1st birthday episode, the Apple Card savings account, 3D crowns, a live demo of Pi, clunky Strava, and no 80s music quiz from ChatGPT. Find ⁠⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
37:20 5/11/23
Social media’s pros and cons, Starbucks NFTs, Starship and Bing AI
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston ask the question, is social media a force for good in the world? Under scrutiny is social media’s influence on mental health and misinformation. Also in this episode, Starbucks NFTs, robot footballers, Elon’s Starship, Yondr pouches, Arc, Bing and AI for lazy readers. Find ⁠⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠⁠Audionautix.com⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Beatoven.ai⁠⁠, and Alex-Productions at https://soundcloud.com/alexproductionsmusic.
39:13 4/24/23
Pausing AI development, 3D cheesecake, Arc, E3 and mobile alarms
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the Future of Life Institute’s open letter suggesting that AI labs ‘immediately pause for at least six months’. Is it realistic? Also in this episode, 3D-printed food, the Arc browser, the imminent UK mobile alarm test, and why the recently cancelled gaming expo is called E3. Find ⁠Shaun on LinkedIn⁠ and ⁠Rick on LinkedIn⁠. Additional music by Jason Shaw on ⁠Audionautix.com⁠ and ⁠Beatoven.ai⁠. This podcast was produced using Ferrite.
40:42 4/11/23
VTubers, Lil Miquela, DPReview, Spotify and conker police
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about VTubers and other digital influencers using YouTube and Instagram to make a living. What’s our fascination with fantasy characters? Plus, Ikea drones, au revoir DPR, the Utah Social Media Regulation Act, remembering Max Headroom, and Spotify’s VPN blame game. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com and Beatoven.ai. This podcast was produced using Ferrite.
40:09 3/29/23
Anti-ageing technology, GPT-4, floatovoltaics, and a tech acronym quiz
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss ageing and the role of technology. It's a broad topic, yet our hosts cover DNA, wearables, ethics, virtual communities and resetting our biological clocks. Also, GPT-4, floatovoltaics, EV caravans, a technology acronym quiz, and how to properly pronounce Cava. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com and Beatoven.ai. This podcast was produced using Podcastle.
42:34 3/16/23
MWC Barcelona, ChatGPT in classrooms, James Bond, and Spotify’s dwindling fortune
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston chat about MWC Barcelona 2023, which covers mobile phones, 5G, immersive technologies and rolling screens. Plus, sensor technology in changing rooms, ChatGPT in education, TikTok for drivers, John Deere satellite internet, James Bond, and falling out of love with Spotify. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com and Beatoven.ai. This podcast was produced using Podcastle.
40:14 3/3/23
Spy tech, blue tick verification, NBA avatars, and f***ing Shrinking
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about spy balloons, paranoia and overreaction about China, as well as TikTok’s data-gathering motivation. Also, charging for blue tick verification, digital avatars and the NBA, robot chefs, pancakes, tight jeans, and an abundance of swearing on Apple TV+ shows. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com and Beatoven.ai.
39:12 2/21/23
Google antitrust, ChatGPT, Avatar, and a new dodo
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss Google’s antitrust case, and revisit what happened to Microsoft two decades ago. The US Department of Justice is asking for parts of Google's ad business to be broken up. Plus, Avatar and The Fabelmans, ChatGPT, and someone is trying to bring back the dodo. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
37:27 2/7/23
AI lawyers, Holoride, John Deere seed tech, and face ID for rats
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about what’s happening in US courtrooms around the use of AI, specifically ChatGPT. Does China use AI to help enforce the law, and will Americans end up paying fewer speeding tickets? Plus, Twitter leaves third parties in the lurch, Audi and John Deere announce new tech, and rats get facially profiled. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
33:04 1/23/23
Technology in 2023, Twitter rehab, Mui Board, and restaurant robots
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston rummage through a few of the pundits' top technology forecasts for 2023. These include metaverse, robots and robotics, cybersecurity and health tech wearables. Also in this episode, leaving Twitter behind, restaurant robots, Microsoft and the US Army, Mui Board and a Samsung fridge with a TV on it. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
42:20 1/9/23
Gadget gifts, ChatGPT, Apple Music Sing, and flying cars
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston bring 2022 to a close with a selection of fun tech gadgets you may find under your Christmas tree (even though one of them costs £250k). Also in the show, ChatGPT, Apple Music karaoke updates, Lovot, Qric, Insta360, Oura, Brekr, FreeFlow, Xpeng, Terrafugia and Goldfinger. Find Shaun on LinkedIn and Rick on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
39:59 12/17/22

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