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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Sam Altman & OpenAI, Microsoft's Azure avatars, eating shipworms & a walking app

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Sam Altman & OpenAI, Microsoft's Azure avatars, eating shipworms & a walking app
Steve Caplin takes Simon Rose through the drama of OpenAI's Sam Altman being sacked and then reinstated. Microsoft have an animated avatar that may make deepfakes even easier. Shipworms, which eat wooden boats, could be cultivated to be a fish substitute as a solution to overfishing. The Slow Ways walking app should benefits walkers everywhere, rural and urban. Logitech have produced an impressive articulating webcam. And, because they can, the US Marine Corps have created a robot dog with an anti-tank rocket launcher.
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Steve Caplin


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Gavin Oldham

The Financial Outlook: The Autumn Statement 2023

Gavin Oldham
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook: The Autumn Statement 2023
On Wednesday 22nd November '23 Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons, focused on restoring UK economic growth. This is his full, unabridged speech as delivered, without commentary.

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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Follow the fundamentals, not politicians or index changes

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Follow the fundamentals, not politicians or index changes
Russ Mould of A J Bell says investors shouldn't get too excited by things like the Autumn Statement given that the government may change in less than a year, that if it was easy to pull a lever and energise the economy it would have been done by now and that the government and the Bank of England seem to be pulling in different directions. With changes imminent, he looks at the FTSE 100-Share Index. Who's in or out really doesn't make that much differnce and is far less important in the long-run than the fundamentals. Only 26 companies have survived over the index's 40-year history.
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Russ Mould


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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Health & Education Shortcomings hold back UK Growth

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Health & Education Shortcomings hold back UK Growth
Adam Smith set out the foundation building blocks for economic growth in the Wealth of Nations, and capital and labour were the key components — Jeremy Hunt says he is now pursuing growth as his key priority, and there's no doubt that increasing capital availability in both public and private sectors will help: but where is the labour capacity? It's on NHS waiting lists. Background music: 'The Nexus Riddim' by Konrad OldMoney

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Autumn Statement — What would you do if you were Chancellor for the day?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Autumn Statement — What would you do if you were Chancellor for the day?
The Autumn Statement arrives next week and the rumour mill has gone into overdrive. The idea of it being a simple update on the economy seems to have been abandoned and instead there is talk of an ISA overhaul, tax changes, and even inheritance tax being cut from 40% to 20%. But if you were Chancellor for the day, what would you do? Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert look at what could be on the cards as Jeremy Hunt stands up and delivers his Autumn Statement next week. On their agenda: Stealth tax - will the income tax thresholds freeze end? Inheritance tax - will the rate be cut to 20%? ISAs - will the allowance be boosted and the system improved? Savings - could the personal savings allowance get a rise?

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Adam Cox

The Hypnotist: Hypnosis for New Beliefs About Growth

Adam Cox
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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist: Hypnosis for New Beliefs About Growth
Do you have an ambition for growth but are held back by procrastination, perhaps challenged by the belief system 'Growth is Pain'? Adam Cox helps listeners consider alternative, more positive approaches to growth. If you're stuck in a rut, moving forward means that you need growth: of course, Adam is addressing personal challenges here, but perhaps the Chancellor could also take inspiration from this episode for the country as a whole ..

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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Giles Dickson — Restrictions on Onshore Wind Energy are Contributing to a Rise in Electricity Bills

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Giles Dickson — Restrictions on Onshore Wind Energy are Contributing to a Rise in Electricity Bills
Adam Cox is in conversation with Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, exploring the connection between onshore wind restrictions and the escalating electricity bills. The discussion delves into the potential economic advantages of easing these restrictions and examines the associated environmental implications. Giles provides insights into how wind energy can contribute to meeting environmental targets and outlines the necessary steps for the UK to align with these goals. Additionally, the conversation explores the prospect of international collaboration for offshore wind development. https://wind europe.org/
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Giles Dickson


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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Is the UK market too cheap and how M&S has transformed itself

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Is the UK market too cheap and how M&S has transformed itself
Neil Shah of Edison Group says that the UK market continues to look cheap, noting that bid activity is picking up. He hopes that the Autumn Statement from the Chancellor will contain something like changes in the ISA rules to encourage greater investment in UK equities. He also looks at the way in which the transformation set in train at Marks & Spencer 4 or 5 years ago to create a more nimble business is now bearing fruit. He feels there's still some way to go.
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Neil Shah


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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: The Marvels, Anatomy of a Fall & Dream Scenario

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: The Marvels, Anatomy of a Fall & Dream Scenario
James Cameron-Wilson laments another weak week at the UK box office where The Marvels took only £3.5m, the lowest per screen average of all 33 films in the Marvel universe. He found it a total mess with annoying tonal shifts and no emotional traction. He admired the filmmaking in Cannes' Palme D'Or winner Anatomy of a Fall, which took £413,000 at #5 but, while critics love it, he felt at over two and a half hours, it was overlong for what is a fairly ordinary court case drama. He was much more enthusiastic about Dream Scenario in which Nicolas Cage is a dull man who suddenly starts cropping up in other people's dreams. It is a witty, darkly comic fantasy that is Cage's best film in some 20 years.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Plastic that turns into fish food, improved weather forecasts & a drunkenness app

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Plastic that turns into fish food, improved weather forecasts & a drunkenness app
Steve Caplin talks Simon Rose through the latest tech. A white dwarf predicted to hit the earth now apparently won't. Google's new weather prediction computer can massively improve the accuracy of forecasts. A crane has been designed to shin up wind turbines to repair them. A record-breaking supercar has set a new one – for driving backward. Japanese scientists have produced a plastic that not only self heals but turns into fish food. There's a new way of reading drums for sound checks. A crowdfunded multitool even has an adjustable spanner. And North American scientists have come up with an app that can tell if somebody is drunk or not.
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Steve Caplin


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