😴 Are you a morning person?
Discover how tech might be the answer to convert you into an early riser plus much more!
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🚀 Big Tech & Startups
Chat GPT is currently undergoing an upgrade.
The first release of the AI-powered bot was mind-blowing but OpenAI is stepping things up with the release of GPT-4. The capabilities of GPT-4 have been circulating for quite a while, even though OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman has been downplaying these rumours stating it was likely to “leave people disappointed”.
The current GPT-3 is trained on 175 billion ‘parameters’ but, believe it or not, GPT-4 is set to be built on a much, much larger scale (rumour has it 100 trillion parameters!). Microsoft’s CTO, Andreas Braun, has hinted at the release coming as soon as next week: “We will introduce GPT-4 next week, there we will have multi-modal models that will offer completely different possibilities – for example, videos”.
🔭 Science & Futuristic Tech
Do you get your 7 hours of sleep a night? Are you an early bird or a late riser?
If you struggle to get up in the morning (guessing that’s probably most of us) your phone may be the answer you’ve been looking for, surprisingly!
Like with most things, a productive day starts with a good night’s sleep but getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. Getting ahead of the next day can mean you can get a few extra minutes in bed, but there are a few techy ways to help you resist the snooze button 😴
Here are a few ways to make your nighttime routine that little bit easier, with tech:
Figure out what time you should be going to bed with a sleep tracker
Utilise smart devices to your advantage to create a relaxing environment - from smart lights and smart plugs to sunrise lamps, thermostats, and aromatherapy gadgets
So, is tech really the answer for a better night’s sleep? 💤
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🧑💻 Dev, Data & Design
Hey, Tom 👋 Nice to meet you - do you want to give a quick introduction to yourself?
Hi, my name is Tom Shaw, I’m a self-taught software developer and content creator from Nottingham, UK. I first started learning to code in April 2020 (apart from the odd attempt at HTML and CSS when I was younger). Since then I have worked on many projects as a freelancer and even worked on some of my own projects as a part of my “entrepreneurial” journey.
What would be your three top tips for anyone else looking to start out as a self-taught dev?
- Make it fun. You’ll find it so much easier to keep going when things get tough.
- Take your own initiative to learn. Just following someone else's roadmap might not be the best way for you to reach your goals.
- Build real projects. Copying code from YouTube tutorials all day isn’t going to get you anywhere. Pick a problem that you want to solve and then figure it out along the way.
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