Brains Byte Back

Brains Byte Back

By Sam Brake Guia
(Previously The Sociable Podcast) The bi-weekly podcast looking at how our brains, psychology, and society are impacted by the ever-evolving technology that surrounds us. We bring you the best stories and guests from around the world relating to technology, psychology, and society.
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Professional ransomware negotiator and CEO discusses hackers' sly tactics and how to defend yourself
In this episode, we speak with Bill Siegel, the CEO of Coveware, a company that negotiates with hackers on behalf of clients that have fallen victim to a ransomware attack. The company has featured on top publications such as Forbes and CoinDesk, due to its expert knowledge and high-level analytics of the industry. We spoke with Siegel to understand the steps they take to get a business' data back, what it is like to negotiate with these hackers, and how you can protect your business. For our Weird Wide Web piece we have a story about a wealthy US teenager and his world-class Fortnite skills, so stay tuned!
28:35
August 12, 2019
Exploring the dark web with an ethical hacker and a former Israeli Police Cyber-crime operative
On this episode we take a look at the dark web, an area of the internet that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable. This anonymity has given criminals the opportunity to run illegal businesses selling everything from drugs to credit card details, and even child pornography. However, this anonymity has also enabled journalists and activists to communicate, while protecting them from tyrannical governments and regimes. To understand more about this space, we spoke with Alex Heid, the Chief Research Officer at  SecurityScorecard and the president and CEO of HackMiami, along with Alex Peleg, the head of Cyber Operations at CyberInt who also worked for the Israeli Police Cyber-crime unit Lahav 433.
43:40
July 29, 2019
The real price of porn? With Sexual Addiction Counselor Michael Dinneen and Professor Lynn Comella
Pornography takes up a large chunk of internet activity. According to The Guardian, it is hard to estimate how much money the online porn industry makes, but a conservative estimate puts it at $15 billion. That makes the porn industry bigger than not only Netflix ($11.7 billion) but also all of Hollywood ($11.1 billion) and Viacom ($13.3 billion).  What might come as a surprise is the limited knowledge that we have of the psychological effects of internet porn.  Moreover, within this field, there is a large division between those who believe porn addiction is real and very dangerous and those who believe it is a myth perpetuated by religious groups and a profitable porn addiction industry. In this episode of The Sociable Podcast, we speak with two individuals with very different opinions on the matter - Michael Dinneen, a Certified Sexual Addiction Counselor and Lynn Comella, an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
59:09
June 6, 2019
How Blockchain is Taking on the Opioid Epidemic with Victoria Adams from ConsenSys
In this episode, we have a brief Weird Wide Web story about an AI algorithm that can detect tweets sent under the influence of alcohol. And for our main story, we will take a look at the numerous ways blockchain technology is helping to reduce the opioid crisis. To learn more about this topic, we spoke with Tori Adams who leads the public sector practice of ConsenSys, an Ethereum based blockchain software technology company. 
30:29
May 20, 2019
The World's Scariest Drug And The Social Media Group Spreading Awareness - Interview With A Victim
In this episode, for our Neuron to Something piece, we are looking at how your choice of films provides insight into your personality, according to new psychology research. But first our main story on Scopolamine, a drug which VICE calls the "World's Scariest Drug." We will be speaking with a victim of the drug and looking at a Facebook group sharing information to help stop these attack using the drug. You can find a full video of our scopolamine story at Sociable.co 
21:31
May 20, 2019
The New York Times' Nick Casey Discusses The Energy Blackout And Crypto In Venezuela
On this episode, we will be speaking with The New York Times Andes bureau chief Nicholas Casey. He covers a number of South American countries but has spent a large amount of time working in Venezuela, reporting on events taking place from within the country for The New York Times. He came in to talk about the recent nationwide blackout that struck the country while he was there, along with the current availability and use of cryptocurrencies in Venezuela. For our What the Tech feature, where we look at frighteningly accurate or hilariously inaccurate tech predictions from celebrities and experts in the tech industry, we have a clip from a 2003 presentation from Steve Jobs which hasn’t aged well, especially given recent headlines. And for our Neuron To Something piece, where we look at psychology studies and research influenced by technology, we have a study analyzing the psychology behind why people choose to watch disturbing videos online of torture and murder.
21:58
May 20, 2019
Getting Started With Bitcoin With Jack Dossman, the founder of Crypto Beginners
If you have ever thought about buying Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies but were unsure of how it all works or even where to start, you’re in the right place. On this episode, we will take a brief look into the world of cryptocurrencies and how anyone, no matter their technical background, can safely buy and store any of the top currencies on the market at the moment. To help with this, I am joined by cryptocurrency expert Jack Dossman, the founder of Crypto Beginners, a website containing the best crypto resources from around the web allowing beginners to learn about Bitcoin, Ethereum, blockchain and all things crypto. After being frustrated with the lack of easy to digest, trustworthy information online, Dossman decided to put a resource together to make it easy for beginners to learn about crypto and blockchain tech. He frequently blogs on Medium about the fundamentals of getting started with crypto, and he is the second most popular writer regarding Bitcoin, with over 600 followers and 50,000+ story views in the past few months.
37:34
May 20, 2019
Preparing for an AI Future, with McAfee Vice President Candace Worley
On this episode, we will be speaking with Candace Worley, the vice president of McAfee, one of the most well-recognized cybersecurity companies in the world, to discuss what our future with AI technology might look like. We will explore everything from how this might affect our everyday jobs, to what a terrorist attack using AI might look like. And later on the show, for our weird wide web segment, where we search the web to bring you a crazy story from the world of tech, we will be looking at a story about a barking drone.
32:31
May 20, 2019
The Cannabis Industry With HighNY Founder Michael Zaytsev
On this episode, we will take a look at the US’ budding cannabis industry, which took in over $6 billion of revenue last year and shows no signs of slowing down. To discuss this topic I spoke with Michael Zaytsev, an Award Winning Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, and Leadership Coach. Using his corporate knowledge and history from working at Google and JP Morgan, Michael was able to transfer this skillset and combine it with his interest in America’s growing cannabis scene. He now works as a strong advocate and pioneer in the US’ cannabis industry. He has presented TedTalks on the subject and has founded HighNY, one of the world’s largest cannabis meet up groups, in addition to contributing to many top-tier publications such as Entrepreneur and Forbes.
35:45
May 20, 2019
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