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Mar 20, 2023 5 min read

🎙️ Big Tech Little Tech #21: 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 and we cover DNA, wearables, ethics, virtual communities and resetting our biological clocks...and more!

🎙️ Big Tech Little Tech #21: Anti-ageing technology, GPT-4, floatovoltaics, and a tech acronym quiz

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00:00 Preamble

It was Rick's birthday recently, which he spent in Cádiz and Lisbon. Our hosts discuss pronunciation, Arsenal and sparkling wine. How do you pronounce Cava?

04:44 Tempting Tech

Rick mentions the launch of GPT-4, the fourth generation of the popular language model developed by OpenAI. With its advanced capabilities, GPT-4 is expected to take natural language processing to new heights and help advance various fields such as language translation, chatbots, and more. Of particular interest is its multimodal capabilities.

On Shaun's tech radar is a caravan, or rather the battery-powered Lightship L1 Trailer. Features include solar panels, and a roof that electronically rises to 10ft. And speaking of solar panels, Shaun read about floatovoltaics, which are solar panels that float on water. Researchers analysed 114,555 reservoirs around the world and used realistic climate data to model potential power generation. The solution could generate lots of power and save lots of water. A win-win.

11:34 Tech News

12: 42 Technology and anti-ageing

Technology has had a significant impact on many aspects of our lives, and the field of anti-ageing is no exception. In recent years, technology has advanced to the point where it can help us understand and address the underlying causes of ageing.

From skincare products that use advanced ingredients to high-tech medical treatments and devices, technology is helping us to not only look younger but feel younger and live healthier lives as we age. With continued advancements in technology, it's likely we'll see even more breakthroughs in the years ahead.

39:43 Tricky tech acronyms

Shaun tests Rick’s knowledge of acronyms. How many did you get right?

Let’s start easy: What does VPN stand for? What does SEO stand for? And IoT?

A little more challenging now … What does CRM mean? What does RPA stand for?

Finally, what does the GPT stand for in ChatGPT?

Further reading

AgeTech: The Science and Future Of Anti-Ageing Technology
🔐 AgeTech is the science of getting old without getting older. Over the past 10–15 years, with the significant help of artificial intelligence, scientists have made huge strides in understanding the biology of ageing. Now, there’s a promise of extending both our longevity, and our healthspan.
OpenAI releases GPT-4
OpenAI released GPT-4, a multi-modal AI large language model that’s smarter and more powerful than previous models. It’s the latest milestone in scaling up deep learning.
7 AI Creation Tools To Save Time and Be More Productive
The widespread use of generative AI has exploded in 2022. First, with the release of GPT-3, followed by DALL-E and Stable Diffusions, there are now countless content creation and productivity tools utilising AI. Here are 7 AI tools I use the most.

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