Tech Talk with Vodacom
By Tech Talk with Vodacom
Is AI really going to take over the world? How does 'humane technology' affect the social platforms we share our lives with every day? And what exactly do we mean when we say 'Don't worry, it’s in the cloud'? On Tech Talk with Vodacom, our motto is ‘Trending tech made simple’. We tackle some of the biggest questions in tech with some of the smartest people in the industry in the hopes of making it a little less intimidating for us all.
Introducing the Metaverse
There’s currently no escaping the internet’s favorite buzzword – The Metaverse, but according to recent estimates, the metaverse is set to become an $800 billion market by 2024, and with tech giants like Microsoft, Apple and Google and Facebook investing millions into it, we thought it was time to find out what it's all about. With that in mind, we sat down with several experts in the field of tech, to try and pin down what the Metaverse is and why you should know all about it.
July 20, 2022
Video games: Creating perfection from pixels
In this Tech Talk with Vodacom episode, we talk game development with Evan Greenwood, creative director of game development studio, Free Lives. On average there are over 2.3 billion people playing games worldwide, and that number is only getting bigger with the advent of cloud gaming services. But within this enormous industry, how do smaller developers keep their drive, passion and ultimately, their business running – while juggling ever-changing technology and the challenges of interactivity, while still trying to keep it all fun?
June 12, 2022
South African eSports: Ready player 1, 2 ,3 .....
COVID-19 has of course had a massive global effect on how we do business and most industries have needed to pivot. But some areas have thrived in this time of uncertainty, none more so than esports, or competitive gaming. More people have picked up a controller during this pandemic and the esports industry has taken note. In this episode, we talk to Sam Wright (aka Tech Girl), an esports host and shoutcaster, about the growing trend of eSports, in South Africa and abroad.
December 06, 2021
Smartphone trends: Dialling into the future of your phone
If there’s one thing that the past year and a half proved, it’s that our reliance on technology is only going to get higher. In a matter of days, our smartphones became our hub for work, entertainment, documentation and more, making them even more indispensable from our daily lives. But what does the future of smartphone technology hold? In this episode, we speak with local tech journalist Nafisa Akabor, about some of the biggest trends in smartphone technology.
November 02, 2021
Olwethu Leshabane: Parenting in the digital age
Olwethu Leshabane is a mom, doula, women empowerment and maternal health advocate, tv personality, blogger, style enthusiast and digital media entrepreneur. On her blog - Art of Superwoman - she explores the possibilities of the perfect balance between being a wife, motherhood and entrepreneurship. In the first episode of Tech Talks with Vodacom's second season, we speak with Olwethu about the challenges and possibilities of parenting in a digital age.
October 06, 2021
Shifting gears: Connected cars and the road to the future
With vehicles becoming more sophisticated and more connected, it may well be that in a few years’ time, a car will look nothing like it does today. In this episode, we speak with Dr Joost Kessels, Division Head Product Engineering - Volkswagen South Africa, about the future of Connected Cars.
May 06, 2021
Hello computer: Are chatbots the future of conversation?
Picture a future where calls to customer service are replaced by a quick and cheerful chat on your favourite messaging app. A helpful bot will be on the other end of the conversation, asking what you need, digesting the data and hopefully, solving your problem. As more and more businesses adopt chatbot technology, the more likely this future is. In the latest episode of Tech Talk with Vodacom, we speak to Antoine Paillusseau, CEO of FinChatBot, about the inner workings of these friendly virtual assistants.
April 08, 2021
Understanding AI: How does artificial intelligence work?
AI is seemingly everywhere today. It is used to recommend what you should buy next online, understanding what you say to virtual assistants, recognising who and what is in a photo, and helping to spot spam or detect credit card fraud. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about 'Artificial Intelligence?' We chatted to Atenkosi Ngubevana, Group Executive: Digital Process Re-engineering at Vodacom, about the future of AI.
February 17, 2021
Finance and Technology: The Rise of the Super App
Fintech. What it is? Is it safe? And how can it change our world? In the latest episode of Tech Talk, we speak with Jenny Pather, Executive Head: Trading Bridge at Vodacom Financial Services, about the relationship between finance and tech. From mobile banking and insurance to cryptocurrency and investment apps, we look at the broad applications of tech and finance.
December 09, 2020
Good gaming habits for kids (and their parents)
In episode 4 of Tech Talk with Vodacom, we speak with Pippa Tshabalala, veteran of South African gaming and online culture, about the responsibilities parents have with their children’s gaming habits. We also look at some of the surprising benefits video games can have on childhood development.
November 05, 2020
The Future is in the Cloud
What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? Are we in the cloud right now? These are all questions you've probably heard or even asked yourself. The term 'cloud computing' is everywhere. But what exactly are we talking about when we say 'don't worry, it's saved on the Cloud'? In this episode, we speak with Kabelo Makwane - Managing Executive, Cloud and Hosting Vodacom Business, about the future of Cloud Computing.
October 21, 2020
Coding: The building blocks of everyday tech
If you pay any attention to the technology world, you’ve undoubtedly heard the terms coding and programming dozens of times. Many of the best tech careers require the ability to code. If you want to work in a high paying field like software engineering, web development, or data science, understanding and using code is essential. In this months Tech Talk with Vodacom episode, we talk to Oratile Maphumulo, Data Network Manager at Vodacom, about code. What is it? How does it work? And why do you need it?
August 21, 2020
Humane Technology and the future of Social Platforms
In the first episode of Tech Talk with Vodacom, Drew Hook and Tarryn Temmers speak to Leo Redelinghuys and Hendri Lategan from Swipe iX about the rise of 'humane technology', and its effect on social platforms online.
July 19, 2020