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The TechCentral Show (TCS, for short) is a tech show produced by South Africa's leading technology news platform. It features interviews with newsmakers, ICT industry leaders and other interesting people.

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The TechCentral Show (TCS, for short) is a tech show produced by South Africa's leading technology news platform. It features interviews with newsmakers, ICT industry leaders and other interesting people.

    Dean Furman on who is winning the AI race

    Dean Furman on who is winning the AI race

    The big developer conferences by Microsoft, Google and Apple this year all focused on artificial intelligence, with each setting out a unique strategy to win in the AI race.
    But what did Microsoft’s Build, Google’s I/O and Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference tell us about each company’s strategy, and which company is leading in the race to commercialise generative AI?
    Dean Furman, a South African AI expert and keynote speaker, joins TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod on the TechCentral Show (TCS) to unpack the companies’ keynote presentations and what they tell us not only about their strategies but also where the technology is headed in the coming years.
    Furman, who also provides training on AI to corporate South Africa, chats about what the latest developments mean for businesses and consumers, and dives into what the technology means for productivity.

    • 1 hr
    MultiChoice declares war on piracy - the man leading the fight

    MultiChoice declares war on piracy - the man leading the fight

    MultiChoice Group has been involved in two major enforcement actions against piracy kingpins in as many weeks.
    Frikkie Jonker, of MultiChoice subsidiary Irdeto, is the man leading the charge against these pirate operations, and he tells the TechCentral Show (TCS) that, despite recent arrests, the broadcaster’s war on streaming piracy is just getting started. More arrests and other enforcement actions are on the cards.
    On 5 June, MultiChoice revealed it had succeeding in nailing the streaming piracy platform Waka TV in an operation that involved Western Cape police investigators. It described the dismantling of Waka TV as “a significant victory in the fight against internet streaming piracy”.
    The broadcaster said it was involved in a “meticulously planned raid” on 31 May, which led to the arrest of a “key suspect involved in one of the most extensive pirate operations in Africa”.
    A day later, on 6 June, the broadcaster announced that through Irdeto – and working with law enforcement agencies – it had acted against another pirate streaming operation, this one in Gauteng, where a suspect was arrested for the “illegal sale of internet streaming pirate devices that allowed individuals to access MultiChoice content”.
    Jonker, who is antipiracy director in broadcasting and cybersecurity at Irdeto, takes TechCentral’s audience into some detail about the two law enforcement operations and what transpired. And he explains why MultiChoice is stepping up its battle against content thieves and pirate streaming operations in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.
    In the interview, Jonker unpacks:
    • How serious content piracy has become on the continent;
    • Why it’s often associated with organised criminal syndicates, and why consumers are putting themselves at risk by signing up to pirate streaming platforms as well as encouraging further criminal activity;
    • Why MultiChoice is now warning that, in addition to targeting the pirate platform operators, it may go after consumers who sign up to these platforms, too; and
    • How the broadcaster is working with law enforcement authorities.
    Don’t miss a fascinating conversation.

    • 30 min
    MTN's Bradwin Roper on PayShap - and the future of mobile money

    MTN's Bradwin Roper on PayShap - and the future of mobile money

    MTN South Africa last week announced that PayShap, South Africa’s rapid payments platform, is being integrated into its Mobile Money (MoMo) platform.
    Bradwin Roper, chief financial services officer at MTN South Africa, is the guest in the latest episode of the TechCentral Show (TCS). He unpacks the PayShap development and what it means, and explores MTN’s fintech strategy and the future of mobile money in South Africa.
    In this episode of TCS, Roper chats about:
    * The significance of MTN becoming the first non-banking platform to offer access to PayShap;
    * Why and how it’s working with Investec and technical service provider Electrum to deploy the solution;
    * What MTN customers will be able to do with PayShap;
    * The growth of mobile money in South Africa, and the work that MTN is doing to grow the ecosystem; and
    * Lessons South Africa can draw from other emerging markets, notably India and Brazil, in mobile money and rapid payments.
    Don’t miss the interview!

    • 37 min
    Meet the CHIPendales - South Africa's biohacker duo

    Meet the CHIPendales - South Africa's biohacker duo

    In this special episode of the TechCentral Show (TCS) – presented by MTN Business – Duncan McLeod chats to two South African biohackers, Daniel de Kock and Jarryd Bekker, about why they have voluntarily installed microchips in their bodies.
    Respectively the chief technology officer and CEO of Riot Network – the wireless broadband specialist that is building low-cost networks in underserviced areas, including Olievenhoutbosch in Gauteng – they tell TechCentral about why they chose to implant the chips and what they’re used for.
    The pair, who both profess a desire to receive brain implants from Elon Musk’s Neuralink, explain how they started augmenting their biological bodies with electronics, what’s involved, the information they’re able to glean from the chips, and where the fusion of human biology and electronics is headed over the coming decade.
    In the interview, Bekker and De Kock unpack how electronic circuitry in the human body can help detect and manage serious health issues, and the impact this could have on fighting disease and prolonging people’s lives.
    The two discuss a range of issues related to biohacking, including:
    • What’s involved when it’s time to upgrade the chips;
    • How one goes about having them installed;
    • The growing online biohacker community;
    • Integration with artificial intelligence; and
    • Much more.
    Don’t miss this offbeat but fascinating discussion!

    • 44 min
    From Namibian start-up to regional powerhouse: the rapid rise of Paratus

    From Namibian start-up to regional powerhouse: the rapid rise of Paratus

    Paratus Group is rapidly emerging as a major player in the telecommunications industry in Southern Africa. But who’s behind Paratus, and what’s its history?
    From landing Google’s Equiano subsea cable in Swakopmund and building a new fibre route between South Africa and Namibia – providing a new data corridor between Gauteng and the world – to working with Meta Platforms to wire up Zambia and building expansive satellite ground stations, the Namibian-born group has its eyes firmly set on becoming a significant telecoms player in the region.
    In this episode of the TechCentral Show (TCS), TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod chats to Paratus Group chief commercial officer Martin Cox about the company’s origins (although founded in Namibia, it cut its teeth in Angola), its current footprint and its future growth plans.
    Among other topics, Cox discusses:
    • The impact of the recent subsea cable breaks in West Africa and the role of diverse routes in reducing the impact;
    • Paratus’s new fibre route from Swakopmund to Johannesburg, which runs through Botswana – its significance and what was involved in its construction;
    • The group’s footprint in South Africa, including its new satellite ground station in Irene, near Pretoria; and
    • Paratus’s culture, and why its management team is happiest in “the trenches”; and
    • Whether a listing for Paratus Group could be on the cards at some point (its Namibian operation is already listed in Windhoek).
    Don’t miss the discussion!

    • 32 min
    The internet revolution happening in Olievenhoutbosch

    The internet revolution happening in Olievenhoutbosch

    A dusty township in Gauteng is the site of a South African-developed mesh network that could change everything. Read the full story at https://techcentral.co.za/internet-revolution-in-olievenhoutbosch/241698/

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