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The speed of technological change continues to race ahead at breakneck speed, but it will never move this slowly again.


In 2024, businesses and their employees will be expected to get to grips with AI, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing, Extended Reality, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Sustainable Tech, Green Computing, Cybersecurity, 5G, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Autonomous Everything, Human Augmentation, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, AI ethics and the Digital Transformation of everything.


Navigating these uncharted digital waters can feel daunting and overwhelming for business leaders, IT teams, and employees in every sector. Especially when scrolling down newsfeeds full of hype, buzzwords, and confusing technical jargon/acronyms. Does this sound familiar? Welcome to Tech Talks Daily, a podcast uniting business and technology.


Tech Journalist Neil C. Hughes brings you the latest insights into business technology, digital transformation, and the evolving business landscape and IT. This technology podcast focuses on real-world applications and business strategies around digital transformation.


From AI's impact on business operations to navigating the complexities of cloud computing and cybersecurity, Neil explores how technology reshapes industries and redefines personal and business success in 2024.


The lineup of guests includes tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and even the occasional celebrity who has walked the path of tech innovation. High-profile guests share their startup stories, their journey through digital transformation, and how technology has revolutionized their businesses and lives.


Whether you want to understand how to harness technology for business growth or stay informed, Tech Talks Daily is your daily dose of inspiration and insight. Join the conversation and be part of a community shaping the future of business and technology.

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The speed of technological change continues to race ahead at breakneck speed, but it will never move this slowly again.


In 2024, businesses and their employees will be expected to get to grips with AI, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing, Extended Reality, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Sustainable Tech, Green Computing, Cybersecurity, 5G, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Autonomous Everything, Human Augmentation, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, AI ethics and the Digital Transformation of everything.


Navigating these uncharted digital waters can feel daunting and overwhelming for business leaders, IT teams, and employees in every sector. Especially when scrolling down newsfeeds full of hype, buzzwords, and confusing technical jargon/acronyms. Does this sound familiar? Welcome to Tech Talks Daily, a podcast uniting business and technology.


Tech Journalist Neil C. Hughes brings you the latest insights into business technology, digital transformation, and the evolving business landscape and IT. This technology podcast focuses on real-world applications and business strategies around digital transformation.


From AI's impact on business operations to navigating the complexities of cloud computing and cybersecurity, Neil explores how technology reshapes industries and redefines personal and business success in 2024.


The lineup of guests includes tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and even the occasional celebrity who has walked the path of tech innovation. High-profile guests share their startup stories, their journey through digital transformation, and how technology has revolutionized their businesses and lives.


Whether you want to understand how to harness technology for business growth or stay informed, Tech Talks Daily is your daily dose of inspiration and insight. Join the conversation and be part of a community shaping the future of business and technology.

    ORCA Computing's Breakthrough in Photonic Quantum Computers

    ORCA Computing's Breakthrough in Photonic Quantum Computers

    In this episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, we dive into the fascinating world of quantum computing with Richard Murray, CEO and co-founder of ORCA Computing. ORCA, a spin-out from Oxford University, is pioneering the development of photonic quantum computers that are robust, portable, and operable at room temperature. This innovative approach eliminates the need for the complicated and cumbersome cryogenics required by other quantum computing platforms.
    We explore how ORCA Computing is making waves in the quantum computing industry, building and selling their cutting-edge technology from their headquarters in London, right beside Paddington Station. Notably, the UK government recently acquired its first quantum computer from ORCA for the Ministry of Defence, with ambitions for it to function under field conditions, even on the back of a Land Rover.
    Richard shares insights on why ORCA has sold five quantum computers worldwide in the last two years and who their primary customers are. We discuss the factors driving the demand for these advanced systems and the competitive advantages of photonic quantum computing. Richard explains how photonics stands out against other quantum computing platforms and addresses common concerns about committing to a specific technology amid ongoing advancements.
    We also delve into the technical challenges of quantum computing, such as error correction and fault tolerance. Richard provides an update on how ORCA is tackling these issues and gives his perspective on when quantum computers might outperform the best existing high-performance computers.
    The conversation touches on the global quantum computing arms race, highlighting the unique position of a UK-based company like ORCA competing with industry giants such as IBM and Google. Richard discusses the recent acquisition of the Integrated Photonics Division of GXC in Austin, Texas, and how this strategic move enhances ORCA's capabilities and positions them at the forefront of quantum computing innovation.

    • 28 min
    HED's Cutting-Edge Technologies for Greener Data Centers

    HED's Cutting-Edge Technologies for Greener Data Centers

    In this episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, we speak with Sara Martin from HED about the evolving landscape of data center design. As data centers account for approximately 1% of global electricity usage, the push for sustainability and efficiency in their design has never been more urgent.
    Sara shares insights into HED's innovative approach to creating energy-efficient and sustainable data centers. This includes the adoption of modular systems, liquid cooling technologies, and the integration of renewable power sources. She emphasizes the importance of designing with flexibility and scalability in mind to accommodate future growth in AI and other technologies. Proper planning and the use of scalable "blocks" can prevent the need for expensive relocations and ensure business continuity.
    A significant portion of our conversation focuses on preventing power failures, a common cause of unplanned outages in data centers. Sara discusses the importance of investing in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and the role of proper operations, training, and preventative maintenance in avoiding such failures. She also highlights the benefits of using modular prototypes and maintaining consistent design across data halls to enhance efficiency and reliability.
    Sara introduces us to emerging trends in data center design, such as liquid immersion cooling for high-density racks and the use of mass timber construction for sustainability. These innovations not only improve energy efficiency but also offer practical solutions to the growing power demands of data centers.

    • 31 min
    How Pindrop is Pioneering Role in Combating Deepfake Technology

    How Pindrop is Pioneering Role in Combating Deepfake Technology

    In this episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, we sit down with Vijay Balasubramaniyan, the CEO and Founder of Pindrop, to discuss the alarming surge in AI attacks and the emerging threats posed by deepfake technology. With a staggering 450% increase in AI attacks in just the first four months of this year, the urgency to understand and combat these threats has never been greater.
    Vijay offers an in-depth analysis of the drivers behind this surge, including the rise of voice cloning tools and the innovative, yet dangerous, uses of synthetic media. We delve into the recent instances of deepfake technology being used in political campaigns and elections, such as the false audio tape of President Biden, and the potential impact these technologies could have on the upcoming elections.
    As the founder of the industry's first deepfake detection engine, Vijay shares the challenges faced in developing this groundbreaking technology and how it effectively detects synthetic media. He also highlights the crucial role of state and federal officials in defending against these threats, emphasizing the need for coordinated efforts to ensure the safety and integrity of our digital landscape.
    Vijay discusses the importance of concerted state-federal coordination in combating the spread of synthetic media. He provides insights into the legislative actions being considered for 2023 and beyond, aimed at addressing the challenges posed by deepfake technology. 

    • 29 min
    How Digital Realty is Driving AI Growth Through High-Performance Infrastructure

    How Digital Realty is Driving AI Growth Through High-Performance Infrastructure

    In our latest Tech Talks Daily Podcast episode, I sit down with Seamus Dunne from Digital Realty to explore the accelerating demand for compute power driven by AI and generative AI technologies. As these innovations push the boundaries of what's possible, the infrastructure supporting them must evolve at a matching pace—or risk being left behind.
    Seamus delves into the heart of the matter, explaining how Digital Realty responds to the rising demand for high-performance infrastructure like GPUs and AI chips. He shares insights on how AI drives the need for robust data storage and efficient data access solutions. The discussion touches on the strategic importance of local investment in infrastructure to maintain competitive advantage, especially in regions like the UK.
    We also explore the types of AI workloads becoming prevalent across various sectors. Currently, a significant portion of these workloads is dedicated to training models. Still, Seamus anticipates a shift towards inferencing as AI models mature and become integral to advanced products and services. This shift necessitates a robust and adaptable IT infrastructure strategy to deploy AI models alongside cloud services effectively.
    Seamus highlights how data centers are pivotal in our daily digital activities—from streaming Netflix and conducting Zoom calls to online shopping and planning holidays. Beyond everyday conveniences, data centers are the powerhouse behind generative AI and other innovations driving economic growth.
    Seamus discusses the evolving needs of AI infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of proximity to data centers for low-latency performance, particularly for AI inferencing. He also touches on the geographical advantages and challenges, noting how regions like the UK are well-positioned for AI growth while others, like Dublin, may need more support due to regulatory constraints.

    • 32 min
    Innovating with AI: Maintaining the Human Touch in Software Development

    Innovating with AI: Maintaining the Human Touch in Software Development

    Have you ever thought about how studying philosophy could make you a better coder? Goldman Sachs' CIO Marco Argenti recently suggested that AI engineers dive into philosophy alongside their technical studies to enhance the quality of their code. While this idea may seem unconventional, it underscores a vital truth in the age of AI: soft skills and a human touch are just as essential as technical expertise.
    In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I'm joined by Rob Whiteley, CEO of Coder, to discuss what qualities organizations should seek in a coder beyond deep technical knowledge. We'll explore the importance of critical thinking, creativity, and human understanding, and delve into what coders should be studying to become well-rounded and successful. As AI increasingly becomes a go-to tool for faster coding, how can we ensure it doesn’t compromise quality and effectiveness?
    Rob will share insights on the value of a broad liberal arts education, the need for continuous learning, and the crucial role of soft skills in the coding profession. We'll also tackle the ethical and intellectual property concerns surrounding AI-assisted coding, and why the human element remains indispensable for innovation and quality assurance.
    Join us for a thought-provoking conversation that challenges conventional wisdom and highlights the multifaceted nature of coding in today's AI-driven world. What are your thoughts on the balance between technical skills and soft skills in coding? How do you see the role of AI shaping the future of software development? I'd love to hear your insights. 

    • 26 min
    How is AI Transforming Retail and Loyalty Programs?

    How is AI Transforming Retail and Loyalty Programs?

    Are you curious about how artificial intelligence is reshaping the retail industry and revolutionizing loyalty programs? Join us in this engaging episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast as we sit down with Len Covello, CTO and co-founder of Engage People Inc. Len brings his expertise to the forefront, sharing insights on how AI is enhancing the retail landscape and the innovative ways Engage People is driving loyalty through their unique technology.
    In our conversation, Len explains how Engage People has built a robust network allowing loyalty program members to pay with points directly at checkout. This novel approach not only provides an additional currency option but also significantly increases average basket sizes and drives more transactions. We'll delve into how this technology works across various industries, adding value for consumers and building trust in loyalty programs.
    We'll also explore the broader impact of AI in retail. Len emphasizes that while AI isn't revolutionizing retail, it serves as a powerful tool for making more accurate decisions based on data analysis. From personalizing offers to optimizing inventory and pricing strategies, AI enables retailers to leverage data more intelligently, effectively "punching above their weight."
    Further, Len will discuss current trends aimed at enhancing customer experiences, such as the integration of payment with points, the advent of one-time payment tokens, and the increasing importance of providing a seamless omnichannel experience. We'll also touch on the challenges retailers face, like inflation and competition in the loyalty card space, and how innovative solutions can help overcome these hurdles.
    Looking ahead, we'll consider the future of loyalty programs. Len envisions a world where inter-brand partnerships provide a unified customer experience and AI drives hyper-personalized offerings. The ultimate goal? A "nirvana" customer journey that seamlessly integrates financial and retail partners.
    Tune in to discover how Engage People is at the forefront of this exciting evolution in retail and loyalty, and how AI is poised to create more efficient, personalized, and engaging shopping experiences. Share your thoughts with us after the episode – how do you see AI transforming your shopping habits?

    • 22 min

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