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🎙️ 29: Vision Pro, metaverse, Oculus, Blackrock Bitcoin, and AI jobs
Rick Huckstep and Shaun Weston invite Charles Radclyffe back to the show to continue last episode's chat about the Apple Vision Pro. Plus, the Blackrock Bitcoin ETF & Nick Hungerford's AI legacy.
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Tech of the Week
BlackRock Bitcoin ETF, Nick Hungerford
Rick’s Tech of the Week was BlackRock, who have applied to have a Bitcoin ETF. Rick explains what this means in the world of cryptocurrency, and to Joe Public.
Shaun was quite taken by a story about Nutmeg founder, Nick Hungerford. The BBC reports that Nick, who has terminal bone cancer and doesn't have long to live, has set up a charity in the name of his daughter, called Elizabeth's Smile.
Nick “has set up an artificial intelligence website with videos of himself answering hundreds of personal questions, so that his daughter will be able to log on and talk to him”.
"She will have pictures, stories and access to my network of friends, so she will be able to build up a full picture of me," he said.
Will Apple’s Vision Pro revitalise the Metaverse?
Rick and I continue our chat about Apple Vision Pro from episode 28 and dive into what this product may mean for the concept of metaverse. Who better to do this with than our friend of the show Charles Radclyffe?
We begin by asking one another whether we will buy the Vision Pro when it’s launched in 2024. A resounding yes from all of us! Perhaps not the first one, but let’s see how it develops and whether the price comes down.
Charles is an Oculus Quest fan. Why hasn’t it gone mass market? Is 20 million headsets sold a success or not? It could be about lack of consumer trust around the brand. Apple May solve this.
Is Quest or Oculus dependent on people’s perception of the metaverse? Is this why Tim Cook steered clear of mentioning metaverse?
Does Apple need the Vision Pro to be successful, or does it mean more to Zuckerberg? Charles believes the Vision Pro will truly be “a turning point in the metaverse story”.
What do we mean by experiencing a “sense of presence”, and could the Vision Pro kill Zoom?
Shaun found a chart that ranked American industries that are ripe for automation. The analysis was published in March by Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research. To spice up this episode’s outro, Shaun decided to quiz Rick on which order he might place three industries (chosen by Shaun) according to which has the most potential for automation. How would you place them?
Computer + mathematical
Arts, design, entertainment, sports + media.
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