Shaun Weston

A copywriter, podcast producer and moorhen feeder.
November 20, 2023

Could Society 5.0 bolster Japan's technology credentials?

Was it a coincidence that my podcast co-host Rick Huckstep and I should share similar technology as our respective "tech of the week" choices? Perhaps not. Progress in transport technology is rapid, with new autonomous vehicles, EVs, smart bicycles and maglev trains freshly minted seemingly each day. My choice was the Sky OV, an AI-con...
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October 27, 2023

The uncertain marriage of AI and employment

Episode 37 of the Big Tech Little Tech podcast got off to a good start. Our opening chitchat was fun, the news was short and sweet, and before long we arrived at the main topic. The initial episode schedule had a few discussion guides, like so: The impact of AI on the future of work– automation, job displacement, new opportunities, res...
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October 13, 2023

The growth and impact of fintech

It's dawned on me, somewhat slowly, that readers may find it useful to follow up on the peripheral topics Rick Huckstep and I talk about each episode. From this newsletter onwards, I'll include links where it's useful to do so. For instance, in episode 36, Rick shares his fascination with the Rewind Pendant, and I offer my thoughts abo...
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October 3, 2023

Ambient computing is the future

Our recent podcast discussion about a screen-less future was fascinating. Rick and I came at it from different angles, yet converged on the essence of the concept of ambient computing. This isn't far removed from our episode about smart homes, a technology scenario that relies on the success of ambient computing to work, and statistics...
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September 14, 2023

The benefits and ethical implications of using AI in teaching

AI in education is a huge topic. It has this in common with most of the topics Rick Huckstep and I talk about on the BTLT podcast. This subject in particular is sensitive in how it's subjectively perceived. There appears to be as many negative as positive anecdotal examples of how it might be abused or embraced. For the record, I'm opt...
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August 31, 2023

Smart home technology for the win

My research into smart home technology took me down a YouTube rabbit hole. I have now seen enough multicoloured fridges to last a lifetime. Along with home appliances, it was great to see how smart devices have moved into more fun areas, such as home robotics and smart toilets (even though the Japanese have been using them for decades)...
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August 16, 2023

Who's doing what with eye-tracking technology?

I admit, I wanted to be swept away with my co-host's knowledge of eye-tracking technology for episode 32. I wasn't trying to avoid researching the topic. In fact, I consumed as much time as usual in my pursuit of a range of talking points. Yet sometimes, I enjoy playing devil's advocate more than I feel the need to fill a show with bul...
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August 4, 2023

Truth, authenticity and deepfake technology

Deepfake content is a fascinating topic to discuss. On the one hand, it's an example of where technology progress is right now, and what it could be in a short time. On the other hand, are current use cases for deepfake technology the best we can do? It may be fascinating to see Harrison Ford recreated seamlessly as a 40-year-old, but ...
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July 17, 2023

The future of internet satellite

I learned a lot from my research into the state of the internet satellite industry for episode 30 of Big Tech Little Tech. I didn't know, for instance, that there are thousands of satellites in Earth's orbit solely there for the provision of internet services. The service that steals the headlines is usually Starlink by virtue of being...
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July 5, 2023

Apple Vision Pro (part two)

What a pleasure it was to welcome Charles Radclyffe back to the (remote) Big Tech Little Tech studio. To take episode 28's discussion about Apple's Vision Pro device further, we invited Charles to share his thoughts on what it might mean for the future of the metaverse. Head on over to episode 29 to hear an edited version of the show. ...
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June 23, 2023

Apple Vision Pro (part one)

It turns out that, despite covering ground on Big Tech Little Tech episode 28, my co-host and I will continue our Apple Vision Pro discussion in episode 29. This means my notes maintain relevancy for at least another couple of weeks! We intend to ask a previous guest on the show, Charles Radclyffe, to revisit and provide his thoughts o...
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June 5, 2023

Chipping away at the brain

My research notes for Big Tech Little Tech episode 27 combine my thoughts, as well as facts, around rehabilitation engineering. What a fascinating topic! My podcast co-host and I crawl through the shallow weeds of this huge subject, which we will probably return to further down the line. Without further ado, here are a few bullet point...
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May 23, 2023

The future of search

My first newsletter using Hey World is a roundup of the notes I take when I'm researching an upcoming podcast. My co-host and I try to keep the show within reasonable limits, so it's rare that it stretches over 45 minutes. There's no secret sauce to podcast success rates based on episode length, my my subjective opinion is that there a...
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