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Big Tech Little Tech

Big Tech Little Tech

By Shaun Weston

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 rickhuckstep.com and Shaun at www.shaunweston.co.uk
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AI lawyers, Holoride, John Deere seed tech, and face ID for rats
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
January 23, 2023
Technology in 2023, Twitter rehab, Mui Board, and restaurant robots
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.
42:21
January 09, 2023
Gadget gifts, ChatGPT, Apple Music Sing, and flying cars
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.
39:60
December 17, 2022
Generative AI, killer robots, delivery robots, and Christmas films
Generative AI, killer robots, delivery robots, and Christmas films
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about generative artificial intelligence (AI) and how it’s influencing the worlds of writing, art, music and more. Who’s doing what in this space, and how good is AI as a content creator? Plus, Porsche NFTs, San Francisco’s killer robots, Leeds’ delivery robots, Christmas films and AI poetry. Follow us on Twitter (if you still dare) at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
45:18
December 02, 2022
Mastodon, The Infinite Conversation, surveillance, and Citizen Smith
Mastodon, The Infinite Conversation, surveillance, and Citizen Smith
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston dive into the world of Mastodon: what it is, how it works and what other alternatives are available for ex Twitter users. Also, the AI-powered Infinite Conversation, spooky coincidences vs surveillance capitalism, Christmas plans and Citizen Smith. Follow us on Twitter (if you still dare) at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
46:22
November 18, 2022
Health tech, What3Words, joint replacement science, and Interpol
Health tech, What3Words, joint replacement science, and Interpol
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about healthcare and technology, and how invested Apple, Amazon and Alphabet are in the future of health tech. Also, an Interpol metaverse, What3Words, knee replacement genetic science, The Jetsons, Spanish goats and Halloween cocktails. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
33:48
November 02, 2022
Online shopping, ecommerce giants, Siri, and subtitles
Online shopping, ecommerce giants, Siri, and subtitles
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the state of ecommerce and its future, the rise of Shein, and how Gen Z behaviour may affect retail habits. Also, online shopping fraud statistics, Siri turns 11, Netflix subtitles, and a quiz about the original names of the world’s most familiar companies. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
45:50
October 11, 2022
Young people’s data, Instagram, Peloton, and air fryers
Young people’s data, Instagram, Peloton, and air fryers
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston welcome Jeffrey Kluge to the show to discuss the topic of protecting young people’s personal data and their online safety in general. Also, Instagram statistics, Peloton, air fryers and our guest’s top tech innovation of the last 100 years. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
36:21
September 27, 2022
Apple Far Out, wearables, AirPods, and desert island favs
Apple Far Out, wearables, AirPods, and desert island favs
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about the recent Apple event, called Far Out, in which Apple updated the iPhone, the Apple Watch and AirPods. Also, Meta’s EU fine, Canoo EVs, wearables stats, spacial audio and 50s jazz. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Additional music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
37:35
September 12, 2022
NFTs, Artemis, Twitter abuse, and dessert dilemmas
NFTs, Artemis, Twitter abuse, and dessert dilemmas
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. What are they? Are they a fad or the future? Also, Nasa's Artemis programme, Black Gold, Premier League Twitter abuse, and apple pie. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
43:34
September 05, 2022
Amazon One palm authentication, BeReal, CyberOne, and great drummers
Amazon One palm authentication, BeReal, CyberOne, and great drummers
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about the Amazon One payment system that uses your palm signature to authenticate transactions. Also, the BeReal social media app, Xiaomi CyberOne, the latest tech news, and favourite drummers. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
32:00
August 22, 2022
Litigious Musk, Facebook’s slide, Amazon Care, and England Lionesses
Litigious Musk, Facebook’s slide, Amazon Care, and England Lionesses
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss Amazon Care, Elon Musk’s latest ups and downs, Facebooks downs (mostly), AI balls, Ted Lasso, and the England Lionesses. Plus, Rick finds out when he will die thanks to the Population.io website. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
44:01
August 08, 2022
Amazon, Facebook memo leaks, and Apple AR-VR headsets
Amazon, Facebook memo leaks, and Apple AR-VR headsets
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss Amazon, Andy Jassy, Jeff Bezos, corporate overreach, Prime Day and drone deliveries. Plus, the leaked Facebook memo, the Apple AR-VR headset, and playing padel in Spain. Follow us on Twitter at @BTLTPod. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
33:03
June 30, 2022
Metaverse, VR headsets, Passkeys, and Apple Pay Later
Metaverse, VR headsets, Passkeys, and Apple Pay Later
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston welcome Charles Radclyffe to the show to discuss everything metaverse, including use cases, ethics, VR headset adoption, and the case for reducing your carbon footprint. Plus, we talk heatwaves, passkeys, Apple Pay Later, and Heartstopper. Find Rick on Twitter at @rickhuckstep. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
44:12
June 20, 2022
TikTok addiction, Sheryl Sandberg, and robots
TikTok addiction, Sheryl Sandberg, and robots
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss the addictive nature of TikTok, China’s influence, and the behavioural science around attention. Plus, Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook legacy, home help robots, and how hard it is to read for pleasure after reading all day for work purposes. Find Rick on Twitter at @rickhuckstep. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
36:21
June 05, 2022
Bitcoin, TikTok, deepfakes, iPod
Bitcoin, TikTok, deepfakes, iPod
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston talk about cryptocurrency and the status of Bitcoin following the recent Terra Luna news. Also, what’s good and bad about facial recognition, and who does the best deepfakes? Plus, Google AR glasses, TikTok, Burt Reynolds as James Bond, the iPod (RIP), and what pixel pressure means. Find Rick on Twitter at @rickhuckstep. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
40:06
May 20, 2022
Elon, Airbnb, free speech, remote working
Elon, Airbnb, free speech, remote working
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston discuss what motivates Elon Musk, and what he wants to do with Twitter. Also, Airbnb is letting its workforce work from anywhere. Do others follow suit? Do they care? Plus, the Ionic 5 EV, Breaking Dad, WeCrashed, cookies, and Ron Shevlin. Find Rick on Twitter at @rickhuckstep. Find Shaun on LinkedIn. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
36:60
May 11, 2022