Are you tired of tech bro podcasts? Well, this is not going to be one. Co-hosted by The Signal’s Rajneil Kamath and Roshni Nair, TechTonic Shift is a podcast where global developments in technology are dissected with a dose of positivity as well as skepticism. Spoiler alert: no hype, no rocket emojis, just facts. And a whole lot of fun.
Season Finale: 2023 Tech Wrap
Back in June, we kicked off our weekly podcast Techtonic Shift with an episode about (the lack of) smartphone innovation.
In the months since, hosts Roshni Nair and Rajneil Kamath have scratched their heads, rubbed their chins, debated and bantered about current technological booms and busts that will determine life in the future.
AI is a no-brainer, yes, but sweeping changes have also taken place in the realms of dating tech, social media, manufacturing, space tech and ride-hailing.
As we come to the season finale, we tie a neat bow on the year up until the festive season.
Stay tuned, we'll brb with Season 2!
How AI Cameras Will Influence Memory
Since the first portable camera was invented in 1816, it’s been used as a tool to chronicle and preserve memories. But AI cameras are about to change the very essence of photography.
The latest tech on the Google Pixel 8 series now allows you to enhance photos with the help of AI like never before. Think: editing backgrounds and superimposing different facial expressions that will help you achieve the near impossible—a group photo where everyone is smiling or has their eyes open.
In short, what an AI camera promises is perfection. But is it really capturing a moment that happened, or creating a perfect memory? In this episode of Techtonic Shift, hosts Roshni and Rajneil talk about the philosophical conundrums around AI cameras. Tune in!
What's in Store for the Metaverse?
The future of technology was supposed to be the metaverse—a massive virtual world that mimics real life. A world where augmented reality and virtual reality converge.
But the initial hoopla has given way to disenchantment. Companies that had lofty ambitions for the metaverse are now scrambling away from it. Which begs the question: what is next for the metaverse? Tune in to the latest episode of TechTonic Shift to find out!
Does Crypto Have a Future?
Circa 2021, crypto was the next big thing. Cut to 2022, crypto was the next big bust.
To say that cryptocurrencies have lost their lustre would be an understatement. As the industry grapples with the FTX fallout and numerous regulatory issues with several other crypto exchanges, most people are approaching speculative digital assets with increasing scepticism.
Is there a future for crypto at all, or was it just a shortlived pipe dream? Find out with Rajneil and Roshni in this episode of Techtonic Shift.
The Metaverse Is Quickly Turning Into the Meh-taverse
We’re asking the wrong questions about stablecoins
Is Ad-Free Social Media Here to Stay?
Meta, which paved the way for ad-driven social media, is now planning to charge European users $14-17 for ad-free versions of Facebook and Instagram.
But Meta isn’t alone. Even TikTok is reportedly piloting ad-free subscriptions. Snap and X have tried their hand at various subscription-driven revenue streams over time.
Is ad-free social media the future? And if so, would you pay for it? We discuss all this and more in this episode of TechTonic Shift!
Will EVs Transform Ride-Hailing in India?
In 2013, Uber’s launch in India turned out to be a game changer when it comes to the ride-hailing experience. Cut to 2023, it’s a new entrant, BluSmart, that is hoping to shake up the business of app-based cab services with its fleet of electric taxis.
As India transitions towards green energy and electric cars, what will EV cab aggregators—of which there are several now—bring to the table? Tune in to a new episode of TechTonic Shift with hosts Rajneil and Roshni to find out!
The Dark Side Of 'Green' Cab Hailing App BluSmart
I just started listening to this podcast and some of the episodes are both fun and informative
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Brilliant, crisp and engaging!