Mint Techcetra

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The Mint Techcetra podcast is your navigator into the mesmerizing maze that is technology today. From decoding technologies, policies, enterprises, and legal decisions to sci-fi and pop culture, this podcast will cover it all. Every week hosts - Leslie D'Monte, Shouvik Das and Deepti Ahuja - will talk about important developments in tech and how they transform our lives, work and play as we know it. If you have any questions or suggestions you can reach out to the hosts on LinkedIn via their handles given below: Leslie D'Monte, Mint's Sr. Associate Editor: linkedin.com/in/leslie-d-monte-4985993 Shouvik Das, Special Correspondent, Mint: linkedin.com/in/shouvik-das-77a4bbba Deepti Ahuja, Content Head, HT Smartcast: linkedin.com/in/deeptea This is a Mint production brought to you by HT Smartcast. read less
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Journey into the Unknown: Multiverse Marvels and Science
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Journey into the Unknown: Multiverse Marvels and Science
In today's episode, we welcome a special guest crossing over from their multiverse. Yes, you heard it right! Deepti from the multiverse joins our trio of hosts - Shauvik, Deepti (our Earthly one), and Leslie. And what are they diving into? The concept of parallel universes and the multiverse theory, including the idea of multiple evolving universes, challenges our understanding of the cosmos. Is there any other Big Bang waiting to unfold, or are we confined to a single cosmic event? How do parallel universes exist, and could we possibly exist in different versions of ourselves across these universes? Do you share Jayant Narlikar's belief in the Quasar Steady State Theory, which suggests that the universe has no beginning or end, a concept known as "Anadi Anant" in Indian cosmology? Let's explore the Marvel multiverse, where heroes and villains collide across parallel dimensions. Picture Batman turning evil, where black holes and wormholes merge realities, and characters from DC and Marvel comics facing off for supremacy. TV shows like "Manifest" hint at the notion of portals and parallel dimensions teases the idea that there might be a gateway to alternate realities waiting to be discovered. The pages of "The Hidden Reality" by Brian Greene further expand our horizons, exploring the intricate tapestry of the multiverse. and that's not it the multiverse concept also finds its roots in mythology. Join us as we explore these cosmic wonders and unlock the secrets of parallel dimensions!
Tech Updates: A look at NVIDIA's GTC and India's Big Tech Moves
Mar 22 2024
Tech Updates: A look at NVIDIA's GTC and India's Big Tech Moves
Join us as our host Shouvik heads to the United States to explore the latest in tech and cover NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC). As our conversation unfolds, we dive into key topics like Yotta's groundbreaking advancements in infrastructure, especially in cloud services powered by NVIDIA GPUs. This partnership not only boosts AI capabilities but also supports initiatives like the Indian LMS, showcasing Yotta's rise in the tech world. In the midst of the GTC excitement, Shauvik delves into NVIDIA's groundbreaking innovations, set to revolutionize industries from AI to gaming. Meanwhile, our discussion shifts to Google's latest advancements in personalized search experiences, often referred to as GEO. Will GEO Replace SEO? With AI leading the way, search results are becoming more tailored to individual users, similar to chatting on messaging platforms. Think of it as an evolution, not a revolution. This change has implications for content creators and marketers, emphasizing the need for original, engaging content to stay ahead. And amid these tech talks, India's proactive approach to reining in big tech takes centre stage with the draft digital competition bill. This initiative aims to address concerns about monopolistic practices and service bundling by tech giants, ensuring a level playing field for innovation while protecting consumer interests. From tech breakthroughs at GTC to India's actions against big tech, join us for an in-depth look into the latest developments shaping the digital world.
Would you like an AI Boyfriend or Girlfriend this Valentine's Day?
Feb 12 2024
Would you like an AI Boyfriend or Girlfriend this Valentine's Day?
On this quirky episode of Mint Techcetra hosts - Shouvik, Leslie, and Deepti - invite an innocent Gen Z, Shruti Pal to discuss with us her thoughts on romantic AI companions. Take a break from whatever you're doing and hop onto this rollercoaster of a conversation where they discuss every possible aspect of what it would be like to have an AI Boyfriend or Girlfriend. Whether or not, these guys would like a romantic relationship with a chatbot or a robot? How movies like Her, Prometheus, and AI Love You, have inspired the reality of such situations? What is driving people towards AI companionships? What would be the defining characteristics of human-AI relationships? How will such bots be developed or - in human lingo - mature? Will marriage and relationship counselors lose their jobs? How can users who come from the vulnerable segments of the society be protected? For such kind of relationships to work, what kind of accountability app developers, AI company owners, and users might have to take? Would we lose the art of conversation as we know it? And what kind of Tech-driven gifts would each of these speakers recommend this Valentine's Day? Tune in to find out! Note: We have used introversion and social anxiety interchangeably in this conversation as we weren't using them strictly in the context of psychological terms. The former is a personality style characterized by a preference for the inner world of the mind over the outer world of interacting with others. The latter is the fear or concern of being judged, evaluated, or rejected by others in social situations.
New Technologies like Neuralink & How They Help Rewire Our Brains & Economies
Feb 1 2024
New Technologies like Neuralink & How They Help Rewire Our Brains & Economies
In this freewheeling episode of Techcetra, hosts - Shouvik, Leslie and Deepti - discuss recent research from the University of Milano on how smartphone usage adversely affects young children when it comes to linguistic abilities. To correct such issues developed over a while, they then speak of Elon Musk-owned Neuralink and its 1st human trial. Amongst the pros, the hosts state how this invasive brain-computer interface might go a step ahead and be able to help people like Stephen Hawking. Finally, having discussed how Gen Z perceives information differently and having agreed upon how new technologies have always had the power to rewire our brains, they shift our attention to the newly released economic review by the Indian Finance Ministry. They marvel at how the Indian government is unique in stating the advantages and disadvantages of AI on employment. While Shouvik underlines how AI will contribute to 30% of India's 5 trillion economy goal, he also quotes the IMF study which suggests that 40% of the global economy is exposed to AI. At the same time, Leslie reminds us that about 90% of India works in the unorganized sector which might remain unaffected for the time being when it comes to job losses. Here, Deepti quotes Mr. Umakant Soni, Chairman of AI Foundry from a recent AI Rising episode. She highlights how data and desperation will be the 2 deciding factors for India's economic standing in the years to come. Tune in to gain an insight into your present so you can have agency over your future. And if you enjoyed listening to this episode then tune in to the recent AI Rising episode here: https://ai-rising-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/india-is-the-supermarket-of-problems-building-ai-ecosystem-on-data-desperation