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Brains Byte Back

By Sam Brake Guia
The weekly podcast looking at how our brains, psychology, and society are impacted by the ever-evolving technology that surrounds us. Every Monday we bring you the best stories and guests from around the world relating to technology, psychology, and society.
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Cancel Culture: A Digital Witch Hunt
Randon Heim is the host of "Don't worry, We'll talk it out," a podcast exploring the fundamental concepts that drive how we perceive the world. "The Psychology of a Riot," "The Black Death: Coronavirus and Race Relations," and "Ignorance is Bliss: How Anti-Intellectualism Ruined America," are just a few examples of subjects Heim has covered on his show, but today he joins us to discuss Cancel Culture. If you are unfamiliar with the term Cancel Culture... well, you are in the right place, but to give you a brief description now, Cancel Culture refers to the act of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies that have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. In this episode, we discuss the positive and negative use case of Cancel Culture, how innocent citizens have been impacted by this, and beloved historical figure who could have been impacted by Cancel Culture due to skeletons in their closets. In addition to the above, since it is impossible to future proof what we say or post against the moral standard of tomorrow, we explore how society's perception of past comments, pictures, or posts will evolve in time, and what it will take for us to find a healthy relationship with Cancel Culture.
October 19, 2020
UFO Technology, Ancient Civilizations and Unexplained Mysteries
This week we are joined by our editor here at The Sociable, Tim Hinchliffe, to discuss his work focusing on UFOs, also referred to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). For years Tim has reported on government technology and has published a number of articles on The Sociable relating to UFO news, insights, and theories from government bodies and UFO communities. In this episode, Hinchliffe picks apart his recent article "Origins of UFO technology theories: secret space programs, ETs & time traveling humans," and elaborates on what he believes to be the top three most likely theories relating to the existence of UFO technology Hinchliffe also explains how he first became interested in UFOs, what it is like to report on such a mysterious subject from a strong journalistic standpoint, and bizarre theories such as the grandfather complex and why it could be important for UFO technology. Additionally, we also discuss ancient civilizations and their world-famous structures. During this part of the show, you will find out why Hinchliffe doesn't believe the Pyramids are tombs but instead served another greater purpose for the living, what Christopher Dunn's geyser power plant theory could mean for ancient civilizations, and an interesting feature that can be experienced in Mexico's Chichén Itzá.
October 12, 2020
Neuroplasticity: Why Learning Shouldn't Always Be a Linear Process
Did you know that 4-year-old kids ask an average of 390 questions a day? In light of this, children can be considered the research and development of the human race, according to Moodi Mahmoudi, who previously gave a speech title “Act like a child” at Tech Day, a 2 day hackathon in Amsterdam. Mahmoudi is also the founder and CEO of NEXT, a company that focuses on design thinking and provides businesses with digitally guided processes, challenging the way they traditionally approach problems and solutions. We invited Mahmoudi to join us on the show to discuss how NEXT works, what their digital guide process looks like, and what makes it different from traditional problem-solving approaches. In this episode, you will learn how NEXT helped tackle Amsterdamn’s overcrowded bike parking problem and why out of the box thinking was so important to solve this issue. Mahmoudi also explains the motivation and meaning behind his “Act like a child” speech, why learning is not necessarily a linear process, and the top three most thought-provoking questions asked by children. We’ll give you a quick peek at the first one, “What are shadows made of?” so stay tuned to hear the top two.
October 5, 2020
The Past & Present of CBD with Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Cannabis Formulator
The hype surrounding CBD, one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, has exploded in recent years. In fact, the global CBD oil market is estimated to reach around $3.5 billion by 2027. But the benefits of CBD are nothing new for many cultures around the world, especially in Eastern medicine. In this episode, Brains Byte Back co-host Mags Tanev explores the benefits, uses, and history of CBD. She is joined by Dr. Jenelle Kim, the founder, and formulator for JBK Wellness Labs. Dr. Kim is an expert in East Asian ancient medicine, she completed a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and has been working to preserve the medical history of her family lineage while also training with leading doctors and herbologists. Dr. Kim has been formulating with CBD since 2012 and created the first luxury CBD skincare line in the world. In the episode, they discuss Dr. Kim’s professional background and family history, the properties of CBD and how it has been historically used in East Asian medicine, how Dr. Kim reconciles ancient traditions with western medicine, why and how people are using CBD today, industry malpractices and how to choose a good quality CBD product. Kim also shares with us why CBD was considered among the top 50 most important herbs 4,000 years ago in ancient Eastern medicine, how it was used, and what properties make it so beneficial for skincare products. You will also find out why Kim initially refused to work with CBD when approached by an external company, and what changed her mind.
September 28, 2020
Teaching Emotional Regulation Through Children's Videos Games
It has been a stressful year and we are living in stressful times. In these moments, it is vital for us to exhibit strong emotional regulation to deal with the challenges of daily life. But what if this wasn't a skill we developed as adults but instead as children through the use of video games. That is the mission of Mightier, a biofeedback video game platform designed to help children regulate their emotions. Joining me to discuss how this technology works and how it was developed, we speak with developmental psychologist Jason Kahn, who is the founder and chief scientist at Mightier. In this episode, we discuss how the company handles data and what it is showing us, how the technology was tested at Havard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, and how data and video games can help us develop better habits in other areas of our lives. We also discuss what games are available on the app, what is on the horizon for Mightier, and why Kahn believes a family first approach is key to successfully utilize this technology, before rolling it out in schools,
September 21, 2020
Neuromarketing: Psychology That Influences Consumer Behavior
Advertising is a multibillion-dollar industry, with everyone in the industry competing to grab your attention. With so much money at stake, it probably comes as no surprise that there is a large body of research into the psychology of advertising. This is known as neuromarketing. In its simplest, neuromarketing is the practice of studying the brain to predict and potentially manipulate consumer behavior and decision making. To discuss this topic we are joined by Brett Frieman, the director of marketing at Marpipe, a company that conducts creative experiments for brands. In addition to Frieman's work at Marpipe, he also studied economics and psychology at Rutgers University and has closely followed the industry for many years. In this episode, you will learn how the gaze of a model in an ad impacts our purchasing decisions, how fear-based ads evoke mirror neurons triggering an emotional response, and how the famous "Nudge Theory" can influence the decisions we make. We also discuss the work of famous behavioral economists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman and their popular book "Thinking Fast and Slow" which won them the noble prize in economics. In addition to Tversky and Kahneman, Friedman shares with us how the psychology and marketing research of Nick Kolenda helped him develop his own knowledge and understanding of these subjects. Furthermore, Friedman also shares what further research he believes needs to be done to advance our understanding of how to effectively use neuroscience to improve advertising.
September 14, 2020
Chatbots at the front line of online therapy
Loneliness and isolation is a topic we have covered before on the show, however, given these difficult times, it is now more important than ever to discuss as a society. With everything that has happened this year, many of us can understand what it feels like to be alone, isolated, or even just depressed. But sometimes a simple conversation with someone to discuss how you are feeling can make all the difference. Many of us have probably interacted with chatbots, perhaps even without knowing, when interacting with businesses, but what if chatbots were not just designed to help businesses, but also our mental health. That will be the topic of today’s show as we explore how advanced chatbots can provide conversation and psychological assistance for those who need it. To discuss this topic I am joined by DJ Das, the Founder, and CEO of Third Eye Data, a company that leverages Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Big Data technologies to build higher value technical solutions for customers worldwide. On this show, we discuss why individuals may prefer a chatbot over a human, how Third Eye Data is working to produce a hybrid system using humans and chatbots together, and what we can expect to see from this technology over the next 10 years.
September 7, 2020
Neurofeedback: A Software Upgrade for the Brain
In 2014, Marcia Moran, a business co-founder, blogger, and columnist suffered a stroke which left her with aphasia, a language disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate. For years following the incident, Moran worked with numerous speech therapists and specialists looking for an answer to helper regain her speech and her life back. After a chance encounter with a former doctor of Moran's, she was recommended Neurofeedback, a treatment that would change her life. In its simplest form, Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity with the aim of teaching self-regulation of brain function. In this episode, we will explore how Neurofeedback works, what it can treat, and how it has changed the life of Moran. To discuss this I am joined by Moran, who now works as a writer, public speaker and author of "Stroke Forward," a book designed to help those who have suffered strokes, and the people around them, navigate the path ahead of them to a better life. Alongside Moran, we are also joined bt Dr. James Giordano, a Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University, who has over 290 publications in neuroscience and neuroethics, seven books, and 15 government whitepapers on neurotechnology, ethics, and biosecurity. Dr. Giordano will be joining us to discuss how this technology works and who it can help.
August 31, 2020
How Smart Mattresses Analyze Your Sleep to Improve Your Slumber
Sleep is incredibly important for all of us considering we spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping, and in today's episode, we will be looking at sleep science and technology. If you are a true fan of Brains Byte Back, you will know that we have covered sleep and technology before in our previous episode "Sleeping with technology," where we looked at how modern tech hinders our sleep. However, today's episode will be different as we will look at how technology can help our sleep, specifically through the use of smart mattresses. Joining me to discuss this is Matteo Franceschetti, the co-founder and CEO of Eight Sleep -- a technology company based in New York City that specializes in developing and manufacturing smart mattresses. In this episode, you will learn how smart mattresses can produce an optimal environment for sleep, what the data tells us, and how this type of technology could replace trips to the doctor. In addition to this, you will also learn what your body needs to fall asleep, why your circadian rhythms are so important, and how temperature can help you fall asleep faster.
August 24, 2020
Inclusive UX: How Design Delivers Impact
We’re diving straight back into the topic of ethical user experience design with the second installment of the two-part series. Tech’s diversity problem has implications for many aspects of society, even with a task as simple as dispensing soap in public toilets. However, some members of the tech community refuse to wash their hands of the responsibility of inclusion in tech. But, as we find out in this episode, tech is riddled with biases, and some of them are more subtle than you may realize. On today's show, we speak with Valentina Berois, a principal UX designer at digital transformation company, intive. Valentina describes herself as fiercely passionate about anything that sits in the intersection of creativity, technology, and business strategy, which is exactly why she has found herself working in UX design. We dove deep into the realm of inclusive design, and discuss why digital products need to have a cross-cultural design to be able to have impact and how this can be achieved. We also explored how UX designers can build accessible products that cater to users with a diverse range of needs, how these solutions often end up being useful for everyone, and how UX teams can build a mindset of inclusion into their foundations.
August 17, 2020
Dark patterns: How UX design tricks deceive us
If you are unfamiliar with dark pattern design, then you might be thinking, as TechCrunch put it - "WTF is dark pattern design?" To put it simply, dark pattern design is when a user interface is carefully constructed to trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do. Today’s episode is the first installment in a two-part series that explores ethical user experience design - commonly known as UX design. In this interview, Brains Byte Back co-host Mags Tanev, is joined by Claudia Cabrera, a UX designer at a global digital transformation company, intive. Claudia strives to make better products through user-centered design and learning how these digital solutions create an impact in people’s lives. In this episode, Tanev and Cabrera dive deep into dark pattern design techniques, what they are, how they’re used, what kind of impact they can have on us, and how UX relates to issues surrounding data privacy and the growing dominance of Big Tech companies in our lives. Hope you enjoy the show. Furthermore, you will also learn why airline companies use timers when you are booking flights, how Facebook experiments on their users, and how eCommerce websites sneak extra purchases into your basket.
August 10, 2020
How Online Casinos Bet on Addicts Through Psychological Ploys
Addiction of any form can be a hard demon to battle with, but it is made even more difficult when amoral companies use tactics to prey on those struggling with addiction. This is best demonstrated in the murky world of online gambling.  In this episode of the podcast, we will take a look at the insidious psychological tactics used by some online casinos to keep addicts playing, and we will also explore what happens in the brain when an addict engages in gambling. Joining me on the podcast to better understand the types of tactics used by these online casinos is Daniel Dolejsi, a former online casino employee and the Social Media and Community Manager of Casino Guru, a company that provides honest information about online gambling,  In addition to Daniel, I am also joined by Dr. Aaron Weiner, a clinical psychologist who runs his own private practice and has served as the director of the addiction service line for a psychiatric hospital, to discuss the psychological and physiological pathways that lead to gambling addictions. 
August 3, 2020
Libido in Lockdown: Exploring Copulation in Isolation
Since the start of the pandemic, many aspects of our regular lives have been turned upside-down, and this seems to also be true for our sex lives. In fact, an article published by The Washington Post at the start of the pandemic stated that we might see "a Coronavirus baby blip," as a result of couples isolated together looking to pass the time. Meanwhile, for singletons, it would seem that social distancing and quarantines have thrown a spanner in the works for any hopes of dating. In this episode of the podcast, we will explore how sexual behavior has been impacted by the quarantine. To discuss this topic we will be joined by a number of guests from different backgrounds, all working to better understand and help us navigate the complicated changes to our sex lives during these unusual times. To kick off the show we are joined by Mat Rezaei, the Founder and CEO of UPGUYS, a company that offers professional advice and prescription drugs with direct to door delivery, with a strong focus on erectile dysfunction treatments. Rezaei shares with us how the company's client profile has changed since the start of the pandemic, why he believes we are witnessing this change, and what the impact of the pandemic will be on how men approach their sexual health in the future. Following Rezaei, we are joined by Jerusha Bennett, Senior Director of Brand Strategy & Innovation at The Sound, a brand strategy and product innovation agency, alongside her co-worker, Annie Pecoraro, Director of Creative Analytics. They join us to discuss research conducted by the pair which takes a quantitative look at the impact of Covid-19 on people's sexual life and behavior. They share with us finds such as how the quarantine has impacted masturbation, the lives of singletons, and what it means for couples with children who are home all the time, to name a few.
July 27, 2020
Who owns the rights to AI's new artistic talents?
On March 18, 2018, Elaine Herzberg of Phoenix, Arizona was the first person to be killed by a self-driving car. This brought into question the complicated issue of accountability when AI makes a mistake, who do we hold responsible for this type of accident? However, on the other end of the spectrum, if AI produces something marvelous, who takes ownership of this? That is the topic of discussion on today’s episode. Joining me on today’s show is Sekou Campbell, an attorney whose practice focuses on the meeting place between art and technology and his clients have included an AI music composition software company and other art-focused startups. His practice includes intellectual property, media and entertainment, and startups.  He is also a partner of Culhane Meadows law firm. In addition to Campbell, we are also joined by Maya Ackerman, an expert on AI and Computational Creativity, she is the CEO and co-founder of WAVE AI, that allows anyone to create original songs in minutes using its AI-based tool ALYSIA. She is also an invited speaker at the United Nations, Google, IBM Research, Stanford University, to name a few. On this show, we discuss how attitudes towards tools used to produce music have changed over the years, what AI's influence in art means for the artists, and what are the legal implications surrounding ownership of art produced by AI. Music credits -  Believe in Us: Dusti Miraglia (producer - backing track),  Sara Miraglia & Maya Ackerman (vocalists) ALYSIA was used as a songwriter (for lyrics/vocal melodies).
July 20, 2020
Ex-Cybercrime Police Officer on the Evolution of Fighting Cyber Threats
According to Statista, in 2018, 16,128 cases of online identity theft and 65,116 cases of non-payment or non-delivery fraud were reported to the U.S. Internet Crime Complaint Center. But cybercrime has not always been this prevalent in our lives. Though it is hard to imagine in today's modern world, there was a time before computers where cybercrime wasn't considered a threat. To understand how cybercrime has evolved from nothing to the ubiquitous threat that it is today, we spoke with Cindy Murphy, a retired cybercrime police officer, and the president and founder of Tetra Defense. Brought up around computers at an early age thanks to her father, who taught her how to use DOS and file systems when she was six, Murphy had a technological advantage when it came to her peers. This was evident in high school, she was told she must submit her essay in written form instead of a word processor as it was considered cheating and gave her an unfair advantage. Murphy then went on to serve 31-years in the police force helping to combat cybercrime across the US, before leaving the police force with one year left until retirement. Murphy was offered a very large offer to work for a private company, which she turned down. The company continued to increase the offer, and she continued to turn them down. It wasn't until she was invited to see what they were working on in their forensic lab that made her retire from the police force, almost immediately. They showed her something she "thought was impossible". To find out what they showed her, along with some interesting cybercrime stories along the way, check out this episode of the Brains Byte Back podcast.
July 13, 2020
Ex-CERN Scientist on Leveraging AI to Accelerate Language Learning
Being able to speak and understand a foreign language is a lot like having a superpower. It gives you an ability that is often very useful and impressive. But like anything that is great to have, it doesn’t come easy. If you have ever tried to learn a new language, the process can be exhausting and difficult at times. Fortunately, we live in a world where technology can help speed up this process. Now, with the help of machine learning, we can use technology to accelerate or even gamify the learning experience, making it more efficient and enjoyable in the process. My guest today to talk about this topic is an Ex-CERN Particle Physicist turned language learning expert who used AI to more efficiently learn French during his time working at the institute. He is now the CEO of Lingvist, an adaptive language-learning platform that uses the same technology he used to learn French. Mait Müntel. In this episode, Mait shares with us how he created this technology, why it is so effective, and advice he has for anyone who wants to learn a new language.
July 6, 2020
Securing and Simplifying Digital Identity
Trying to prove who we are online, or even trying to prove that we are human, can be a laborious task. Every day we give our information and credentials to a large number of people, organizations, and businesses, often using various forms of ID. However, we could soon be living in a world where all of this information and these processes can be streamlined using modern technology. To discuss how our digital identity could soon become safer and simplified, we spoke with Jamie Smith, Strategic Engagement Director at Evernym, a company that is developing trusted peer-to-peer interactions on a global scale. In this episode, we discuss how Evernym works, what kind of scenarios we can use it in, and how far could this identity go. You will also learn how will this impacts individual privacy, how it can help prevent identity theft, and how this information would help if we were to face another COVID-19 style outbreak.
June 29, 2020
Modern Warfare Technology with Ex-Military Sergeant Turned Tech CEO
If you have played Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and asked yourself how soon before we can all run around in Iron Man-style exoskeletons, then you are not alone because we want answers here at Brains Byte Back. In this episode, we will take a look at some of the technology that is being used in combat situations and what we can expect from the not too distant future. To discuss this, we are joined by an expert in this industry who served in the Israeli military and counter-terrorism special forces. He now leads the development of Toref, a smart sensor system that connects firearms to online platforms. David Horesh. In this episode, Horesh explains discusses future soldier technology, how Toref’s technology stands to change the battlefield, and why 5G is so important for global politics and power.
June 22, 2020
The New Era of Psychedelics: Learning and Integrating
As an additional segment of The New Era of Psychedelics series, we bring the series to a close with a one on one interview with the series creator and co-host here at Brains Byte Back, Mags Tanev. Over the course of this series, Tanev has interviewed experts relating to various areas of psychedelics exploring topics related to microdosing, the healing potential of psilocybe, and the powers of Ayahuasca. She sits down with Brains Byte Back host, Sam Brake Guia, to discuss how she first became interested in psychedelics, what inspired her to create this series, and what she has learned from it.
June 15, 2020
The Transformative Power of Psilocybin
In this final installment of The New Era of Psychedelics, exploring scientific research, therapies, and the potential benefits of psychedelic compounds and plant medicines in our societies, Brains Byte Back co-host, Mags Tanev, interviews Tim Hinchliffe, the editor of The Sociable. They discuss how Hinchliffe first became interested in psychedelics, some of his wildest trips, and how psilocybin helped him overcome his addiction to alcohol.
June 8, 2020
The Therapeutic Power of Ayahuasca
For the third installment of The New Era of Psychedelics series, exploring scientific research, therapies, and the potential benefits of psychedelic compounds and plant medicines in our societies, Brains Byte Back co-host Mags Tanev is joined by Kat Courtney, founder of AfterLife Coach and a fully trained Ayahuascera with over 10 years of experience, to discuss the healing properties of this sacred plant. Courtney explains how ayahuasca helped her deal with her own mental health issues, which then led her on a quest to become an expert in this practice, and shares with us her advice for those who are interested in trying this ancient medicine.
June 1, 2020
What is Microdosing? - Insights From a Clinical Biologist
Mags Tanev, our co-host here at Brains Byte Back, brings the second installment of her series The New Era of Psychedelics, exploring scientific research, therapies, and the potential benefits of psychedelic compounds and plant medicines in our societies. In this episode, Tanev interviews Gaurav Dubey, a clinical biologist and science blogger, to discuss research surrounding microdosing, the benefits of microdosing vs. other types of psychedelic use, and changing attitudes towards microdosing and psychedelics in our society. In addition to Dubey, Tanev also interviews Rob, who wanted to keep his identity anonymous, a psychedelics enthusiast with a high level of microdosing experience.
May 25, 2020
‘The Psychedelic Renaissance’ with the former VP of content at High Times
Brains Byte Back cohost, Mags Tanev, kicks off her new series The New Era of Psychedelics, exploring scientific research, therapies, and the potential benefits of psychedelic compounds and plant medicines in our societies. In this first installment, she interviews Jackee Stang, the founder of Delic Corp, the first-ever psychedelics corporation that specializes in education, content, and events about psychedelic substances. In addition to this, she is also the former VP of content and programming at High Times. In this episode, they discuss Jackee's journey with psychedelics, her motivation to start Delic Corp, and the challenges she has faced within the psychedelic community.
May 18, 2020
The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: Russia
Welcome to our final installment of The Most Dangerous Countries on the internet edition and today we will be discussing what makes Russia such a dangerous online entity. My guest joining me today is Charity Wright, a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with over 15 years of experience at the US Army and the National Security Agency, where she translated Mandarin. She now focuses her attention on dark web cyber threat intelligence. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, rain may soon be an effective source of renewable energy
May 11, 2020
The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: North Korea
Welcome to another episode of The Most dangerous countries on the Internet series. Today’s country probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone and I don’t think this series would be complete without featuring this country. On this episode, we will be looking at North Korea. To discuss this topic I am joined by Porter Adams, a cybersecurity researcher at Blacktop Government Solutions in Washington DC. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we have news of Burning Man becoming a virtual experience for 2020.
May 4, 2020
The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: Iran
In this episode of the most dangerous countries on the internet, we will be looking at Iran. My guest joining me today to discuss this is Irfan Asrar, the Head of Threat Research at Blue Hexagon, a company that focuses on threat detection powered by deep learning. He also previously led the Malware and Threat Research team at Palo Alto Networks. He has been in the Malware Research/Threat Intelligence industry for over ten years and has worked with several security vendors across Asia and North America. And for our Good News feature, we have a positive story out of Australia relating to Elon Musk and energy.
April 27, 2020
The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: Brazil
Welcome to our mini-series, the most dangerous countries on the internet. Today we will be looking at the dangers of Brazil and my guest to discuss this topic is Evgen Verzun, a cybersecurity expert, inventor, serial entrepreneur and founder of, a global decentralized cybersecure real-time network for e-services and e-commerce platforms. Evgen will be speaking about Brazil and its cybercriminal underground landscape discussing the malicious practices and techniques used by Brazilian cybercriminals. And for our Neuron to something piece, we will be looking at data that suggests that TV exposure drives both men and women towards finding thinner female bodies more attractive.
April 20, 2020
The impact of gold and crypto on global currencies
As economies around the world suffer from the impact of the Coronavirus, it can be hard to know where to put your money, without its value dropping like the stock market in recent weeks. Some might speculate in Bitcoin or other investments, but nothing seems safe from the impact of COVID19. My guest joining me to discuss the situation during these challenging times is David Dorr, a veteran in global capital markets and international estate planning with over 25 years of experience under his belt. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Dorr Asset Management, which helps clients around the world navigate global investment and regulatory trends. In addition to this, he is also the Co-Founder of Coro Global Inc., a publicly-traded FinTech company. And for our Neuron to Something feature, we have a piece from Scientific America, which claims that the loneliness of “Social Distancer” triggers brain cravings akin to hunger.
April 13, 2020
How to bio-hack your body (Part 2)
Following on from last week’s topic of biohacking presented by Mags Tanev, I will be interviewing Josh Clemente, an Engineer turned founder, who previously worked at SpaceX and Hyperloop before creating Levels, a startup that focuses on metabolic fitness tracking technology. In this episode, you will learn how Levels works, why tracking glucose levels are so important, and how tracking metabolic fitness can help change your lifestyle. And for our Good News feature, we have a story about members of the cybersecurity community uniting in during the outbreak of the coronavirus.
April 6, 2020
How to bio-hack your body (Part 1)
In this episode of the podcast, Brains Byte Back cohost Mags Tanev interviews two guests on biohacking, discussing everything from intermittent fasting, what foods you should be eating and how to better understand your metabolic fitness. Mags is joined by Doug Smith, a perpetual adventurer, health nut, and startup CEO, who thrives on living outside of his comfort zone and pushing his physical limits. He has a degree in Kinesiology with a focus in physiology, biology, and sports nutrition, and is the co-founder of dietary supplement and nutrition company, True Nutrition. In addition to Smith Mags also speaks with Dr. Tracy Gapin, a board-certified Urologist and expert in men’s healthcare. He combines his expertise with cutting-edge technology to offer his patients individualized, state-of-the-art care, and in 2017, he founded Smart Men’s Health, focused on optimizing male performance. He offers a personalized path to helping men maximize sexual health, testosterone levels, and prostate health. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we have a story regarding how YouTube will be limiting video quality around the world for one month.
March 30, 2020
The best AI questions and answers from Brains Byte Back
We are out of the office this week, working from the safety of our homes. As a result, we have put together this collection of the best AI-related questions and answers from Brains Byte Back. We hope you like it! This episode contains clips from the following episodes: How AI is advancing surgery Suicide prevention using predictive AI Deepfakes: When seeing is no longer believing MIT prof on institute's new course “Safeguarding Our Humanity in the Age of AI" A world with no jobs: AI and UBI discussed by ex-NASA engineer and political economist
March 23, 2020
How accurate is Mr.Robot?: The Technology + The Psychology
"I’ve never found it hard to hack most people. If you listen to them, watch them, their vulnerabilities are like a neon sign screwed into their heads.” - Elliot Alderson Mr.Robot! The show which stylishly intertwines hacking, psychology and geopolitical events with a great mix of characters. However, while it might have style, Elliot's powers are so limitless that it is fair to questions how realistic some of the hacks are. In addition to hacking, the show also dives into a dark and complex world of psychology. In this episode of the podcast, we will seek to understand how realistic the show is from a technological perspective and a psychological approach. To do this I am joined by two experts. My first guest, Mark Puckett,  joins me to examen the accuracy of the hacking techniques used on the show. He is the founder and CEO of Raxis, a penetration testing company of ethical hackers. And to discuss the psychological elements of the show, I am joined by Kevin Gilliland, a clinical psychologist, and mental health expert, who is also the Executive Director of Innovation 360, an outpatient group of Counselors and Therapists helping patients overcome a variety of mental health issues. If you haven’t seen all of Mr.Robot, or any of it, then maybe you should have a sit-down and question the choices you have been making in your life, but in all seriousness, there are spoilers so you have been warned. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we will look at a study that attempts to quantify the perceived financial value of online privacy and data across a number of countries.
March 9, 2020
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March 4, 2020
How anyone can turn an idea into a startup
Creating a startup sounds like a dream for many of us. You take a good idea, bring it to life and hopefully make lots of money in the process. However, the fact that so many startups fail, 90% of them in fact, can be enough to put anyone off. But there is more to this statistic than looming failure. The majority of founders don't take the right steps to bring their startup to life and validate their ideas first. Listen to this podcast on YouTube, Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Listen Notes, and Radio Public. In this episode of the podcast, we will be joined by Bryan Janeczko, a veteran entrepreneur and the founder of Gro Academy, a self-paced, on-demand startup academy that helps individuals turn their ideas into big businesses, from concept to launch, using a customized startup action plan. We will discuss what makes a good business idea, how anyone can turn an idea into a business, and what are the greatest hurdles budding entrepreneurs will face when they start out. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we have a story about a US man who refused to decrypt his hard drives is free after four years in jail.
March 2, 2020
Sex Robots, INCELs and Porn Addiction with a Neuroscientist Researching Human Sexual Behavior
From burritos on a food delivery app to a new apartment, we can now customize everything to meet our desires. Well, what about a wife, husband or sexual partner? In this episode, we will look at how AI and humanized robots will impact our sex lives and our love lives. To get a better understanding of how this new tech could impact our psychology and our society, I am joined by Dr. Nicole Prause, a neuroscientist researching human sexual behavior, addiction, and the physiology of sexual response. She is also the founder of Liberos LLC, an independent research institute. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we have a story of students suffering from separation anxiety when their phones are taken from them.
February 24, 2020
How AI is advancing surgery
For many, going under the knife and receiving surgery is not a desirable experience. Over time, our medical knowledge and the tools available have made surgery a quicker and safer experience. As we enter a new age of modern technology, AI stands to dramatically change the surgical experience. Listen to this podcast below and on Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, and Radio Public. In this episode, you will learn how AI is improving surgeries, what role it plays, and what are the main concerns of AI playing a more prevalent role in surgeries. To discuss this topic I am joined by Andrew Berkeley, Co-Founder of Perimeter Medical, a Canadian company that develops, patents, and commercializes advanced surgical imaging tools that allow surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists to better assess microscopic tissue structures during a surgical procedure. And for our Good News feature, we have a story on Trump and NASA.
February 17, 2020
The science behind learning soft skills and hard skills, with Neuroscience specialist Todd Maddox, Ph.D.
Learning a new skill can be hard, especially if it is not something we are naturally good at. However, there is research that can help us understand what parts of the brain need to be activated in order to learn, and what we need to do to activate them. On this podcast, you will learn the difference between soft skills and hard skills, why they are important, and how you can sharpen your skills. Joining us on the show is Todd Maddox, an expert in the area of neuroscience, with more than 200 peer-reviewed research reports, and more than 12,000 citations under his belt. He is also the founder and CEO of Cognitive Design & Statistical Consulting and has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. And for our Neuron to something piece, we have results of a new survey which advocates that the public wouldn’t trust companies to scan social media posts for signs of depression.
February 10, 2020
From surviving a plane crash to starting up in Colombia
If you listened to last week's podcast, then you already know that AI can tell a lot about you just from your voice. In this episode, we speak with experienced entrepreneur Michael Puscar to discuss his new startup Ziotag, technology which can identify and catalog online video content. In addition to Ziotag, you will also learn why Medellin, Colombia is the place to be right now, what we can expect from AI in the future, and how Michael survived a terrifying plane crash in Rome. Puscar also shares his thoughts on our Weird Wide Web story from MIT’s Technology Review on news that Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles in online chats.
February 3, 2020
Suicide prevention using predictive AI
Suicide impacts us all. Whether it is from someone we know personally, to a well-loved celebrity, losing someone to suicide is never easy. According to, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages, with one death occurring every 12 minutes. In our society, we want to do all we can to help those suffering from suicidal thoughts to get the help they need, however, identifying symptoms before an attempt is made can be difficult. In this episode, we will look at how predictive AI us being used to stop suicide before it happens. To discuss this topic I am joined by two guests. My first guest is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine, and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr.Colin Walsh. In addition to Dr.Walsh, I am also joined by the CEO of Behavioral Signals, a pioneer in emotion AI for speech recognition technology, Rana Gujral. And for our Neuron to something piece, we will look at a recent study that analyzing emotions triggered by events such as losing a phone or someone else holding it.
January 27, 2020
Smartphones and Mindfulness: Understanding the new wave of meditation apps
How focused are you right now? Are you aware of the feeling of your feet touching the ground? The air flowing in and out of your lungs? Or are your thoughts, racing around your head, your main focus of attention? If you are like the majority of people, it can be hard to harness your full attention and focus. Listen to this podcast below and on Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, and Radio Public. In this battle to stay focused, we might have an unlikely ally, our smartphones. In recent years, numerous apps have popped up to help us meditate, stay calm and remain focused in our daily lives. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Drew Brazier, an experienced psychologist and the co-founder of the Mindcurrent app—a mindfulness app that uses expert tips and exercises to help users reduce stress. You will learn what benefits meditation can provide, how apps can help with daily guidance and how perceptions are changing in our society. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we have a story on Airbnb, regarding a new patent on software that scans user’s online presence to predict whether or not they are trustworthy.
January 20, 2020
From desert village to multi-million dollar tech startup
Finding the motivation to get work done can be hard, especially after a long Christmas break. But our guest today has demonstrated that even in the toughest of circumstances we can achieve great things with the right mentality. Born in a remote village of 6000 people in the middle of The Great Thar Desert in northwest India, Rakesh Soni has gone from no running water to running a multi-million dollar startup as the CEO and co-founder of LoginRadius, an industry leader in the Digital Identity space. In this episode, you will learn what motivated him to leave his home, how he worked to build LoginRadius to the company it is today, and what advice he has for other entrepreneurs with limited resources. And for our Neuron to Something piece, we have fresh research analyzing what female pick up lines work best on men. Soni's Tech Vancouver presentation: Rakesh Soni of LoginRadius presents From a Dusty Village in India to the Forrester Wave
January 13, 2020
Why data scientists and social scientists need each other
Many of us think that our brains are hardwired for numbers or words; for natural science or social science. This episode challenges this assumption. It looks at the intersection of these two disciplines and the ways in which people from either background can work together to further human progress across sectors. So, why exactly do data scientists need social scientists and where do they need to work together? Social scientists have the power to give a human context to data-driven decisions being made in areas like policy and business. In trying to create ethical AI, social scientists allow data scientists to understand the real-world impact of their algorithms and any biases they may have. However, encouraging these teams to work together to achieve maximum impact is easier said than done. Our guests on this episode are Ganes Kesari, Head of Analytics at Gramener, and Briana Brownell, Founder and CEO at Pure Strategy Inc. They discuss all of these challenges, as well as what the future of this intersection looks like and how to encourage teams to embrace it going forward. And for our special piece, we have Computer say LOL, with a comedy clip from Camila Cleese out of The Laugh Factory, discussing what Siri would be like if she was called Simon instead.
December 16, 2019
Pixm: The guardian angel fighting phishing scams and poor judgement
According to 99 firms, 293.6 billion emails are sent every day. That figure probably doesn't surprise you given the number of emails sitting in your inbox, hundreds if not thousands... Right? But among these emails are numerous malicious emails, designed to trick, scam and hack. These emails are known as phishing emails, which in its simplest form can be described as a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. But there is good news, as we now have a guardian angel ready to look out for us. My guest today is the president and founder of Pixm, a company that provides real-time anti-phishing on log-in pages and shuts down an attack at the point of click, Arun Buduri. And for our Neuron to Something piece, where we discuss a story relating to psychology and technology, we will look at a recent Pew Research Center survey, analyzing Americans’ feelings and perceptions relating to data collection. Video from Buduri: Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift'
December 9, 2019
The murky legality of doxxing in the USA
The internet is full of trolls. This is nothing new. However, the tactics used by trolls can go way further than stupid comments on YouTube, and doxxing is an example of this. If you are not familiar with the term doxxing, it is the publishing of private or identifying information, such as a home or work address, about a particular individual on the Internet, typically with malicious intent. While this might sound outright illegal, as it stands the law surrounding doxxing is limited and vague. To get a better understanding of where the US law stands on this issue, what the future of doxxing might look like, and how you should respond if you are a victim, we are joined by Joseph Hoelscher, a criminal defense attorney and Managing Attorney of a Texas law firm, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC, who has worked on multiple doxxing cases in the past, from both sides, as clients who were charged with online harassment and with clients who were the victims of doxxing. And for our side piece today, we have Computer Says LOL, where we have a stand-up comedy bit from Don McMillan, a technology engineer turned stand up comedian.
December 2, 2019
Call of Duty Co-founder, Chance Glasco, discusses the franchise and his new VR project
With over 100 million copies sold, Call of Duty is easily one of the most recognizable game franchises in history. But for Call of Duty co-founder Chance Glasco, this is just one of many achievements in his long career in the tech industry. In this episode, we discuss how he and his fellow co-founders created the franchise, his motivation to move to Brazil and start his own VR company, Doghead Simulations, and how he is using VR to help victims of human trafficking. And for our Weird Wide Web piece, we have a story from the BBC about a pledge from the UK's Labour party to give every home and business in the UK free full-fiber broadband by 2030, if it wins the general election. Weird Wide Web - General election 2019: Labour pledges free broadband for all
November 25, 2019
UFC star, Urijah Faber, talks motivation and success
If you are a fan of UFC, you will probably know of our guest this week. He might not be a tech star, but he definitely has plenty of experience when it comes to the psychology of perseverance and determination. In this episode we discuss Faber's victorious come back into the UFC at 40 years old against 26 year old Ricky Simon, how being a father has impacted his mentality in the Octagon and his new upcoming movie. We also have a double helping of Weird Wide Web, with a story regarding research that suggests Bitcoin’s famous 2017 rise was the result of one whale, and another about streaming services issuing emergency alerts. Links: Netflix and Spotify Might Be Required to Issue Emergency Alerts From the Government Just Like TV and Radio Bitcoin (BTC) 2017 Rally Caused by Single Whale, Research Shows
November 18, 2019
The Psychology of SEO
The truth is, Google probably knows more about us than some of our closest friends. We ask the internet search engine everything from "Is a banana a herb?" to "What would chairs look like if our knees bent the opposite way?" No jokes these are genuine questions Google has suggested. In this episode, we will look at how our interactions with technology and what we search impacts the type of information we receive. In this episode, you will learn how the SEO industry is reacting to a change in our behavior, tactics they use to give results an edge and how AI stands to change the SEO game. To discuss this, I am joined by the senior SEO and content manager at Publicize, a digital communications service that creates PR packages geared for growth, Rudi Davis. And for this week’s special feature we have Computer Says LOL, where we share a stand-up clip or joke relating to technology. This week we have a clip from The Laugh factory where a stand-up comedian compares his neighbor’s interactions with Alexa to a toxic relationship.
November 11, 2019
Why "Skip Ad" must die: The future of advertising
1...2...3...4...Skip ad. You can probably relate to this, waiting a few seconds to skip to the content we actually want to see. We are bombarded with ads all over the internet, but how many successfully get your attention, probably just a small few right? It takes a very special ad to connect with us, arguably something we rarely see in the modern world of digital ads. But there are companies out there that want to give consumers a better advertising experience while enabling companies to better communicate their message. One of which is Streann, a SaaS platform that empowers content providers with innovative distribution, engagement and monetization tools for a better end-user experience. Joining us on this podcast is the company's CEO, Giovanni Punzo, to explain how they are making an impact on the digital advertising industry. In this episode, you will learn about the current digital advertising landscape, where it is heading, and how companies can successfully connect with users without them counting down to the skip ad button. And for our Good News feature, we have a story about the BBC's new page on the dark web.
November 4, 2019
Living everywhere and nowhere: What it's really like to be a digital nomad
If you have spent any time in cities such as Medellin or Chiang Mai, you have probably met a digital nomad. In its simplest form, a digital nomad is an individual that is location independent and use technology to perform their job. With the freedom to work anywhere, digital nomads often live nowhere, at least for long periods of time. This unconventional lifestyle has created its own culture of nomadic individuals, traveling the world with nothing more than a laptop and smartphone. While this lifestyle might sound idealistic, it is not without its troubles. In this episode, you will learn how digital nomads combat loneliness on the road, why coworking spaces are so important to them and how anyone can become one. To discuss this topic we are joined by Andrew Alexander, a digital nomad since 2014 and is in charge of Product, Sales, and Systems at, a location-independent company with team members scattered across the world. We are also joined by Lucas Seyhun, the founder and CEO of The Farm Soho, New York coworking spaces designed to nurture a community to promote organic collaboration between its members. And for our side feature today, we have a new one call Computer says LOL, where we focus on technology-related jokes and humor. In this episode, we will listen to a 2001 comedian’s skit, that has aged well, on how to work for an IT help desk which will make you laugh.
October 28, 2019
A lighter, better, stronger, faster VR experience is just around the corner
If you have ever visited the subreddit VRtoER, you will probably know two things: That VR is becoming increasingly common in our everyday lives, and most people still don't understand how to use it. With this technology gaining such momentum, we dedicated this episode to VR and other forms of "extended reality" to see what we can expect in the not too distant future. Our guest this week is Kain Tietzel, a respected digital thought leader in the Australian VR community, who is the founder and CEO of Start VR, an interactive cinematic virtual reality content studio based out of Sydney. And for our Weird Wide Web feature, we have a study from Microsoft that claims “Teens say parents share too much about them online.”
October 21, 2019
Tech behind bars: Reducing recidivism with technology
A 2018 special report from the US Department of Justice put recidivism rates at 83%. We rarely accept such a high rate of fail as the norm within other areas of society. For example, if 83% of surgeries were unsuccessful, we would strive to recognize the failures of the current system and aim to improve them immediately. In light of this, why is our approach to the rehabilitation of prisoners not the same? Why do we still operate using a system which is failing inmates and society? The answer is complicated, as you will find out, however, thanks to technology we do have the tools to mend this broken system. To discuss this topic I am joined by Leonard Sipes, who has worked as a senior spokesperson and director of public information for state and national criminal justice agencies. He is also the owner and operator of And for this week’s Tech this out feature we have a live TV news debate featuring Steve Jobs and a privacy advocate from 1981, discussing the dangers of privacy due to computers becoming more prevalent in our lives.
October 14, 2019
Technology and the loneliness of young generations
We can all relate to feeling alone at some point or another, but for younger generations, this is a sensation that is becoming increasingly common. According to a survey conducted by the Young Women’s Trust in the UK, One in four 18 to 30-year-olds report feeling isolated compared to one in 10 older people, aged 64 to 72. And in the US, millennials are the loneliest generation today according to research by YouGov. Technology and social media have been heavily criticized for amplifying sensations of loneliness with one study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh claiming the more time a young person spends on social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated. To get a better understanding of how technology could be exacerbating feelings of loneliness, we spoke with two experts. Our first guest is the Director of Research at Hopelab, a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. Dr. Danielle Ramo. In addition to Dr. Ramo, we will be joined by Dr. Lisa Strohman -- a clinical psychologist and the founder of Digital Citizen Academy, a program created to help educate parents and children about the proper use of technology and the repercussions that technology may have. And for our Weird Wide Web feature, where we highlight a bizarre story from the world of tech, we have a story about AI-generated head shots putting stock photo companies on edge.
October 7, 2019
Sleeping with technology: How modern tech can help or hinder your sleep
Grab a pillow and turn off your smartphone (unless you're using it to listen to this podcast obviously), because in this episode you will learn how to use or avoid the right technology to get a better night's sleep. Our guests this week are Dr. Richard Shane, who has more than 25 years of experience treating insomnia and sleep difficulties. He has conducted research with police departments, fire departments, commercial airline pilots and the general public to address serious safety and health issues associated with sleep difficulties. In addition to this, he is the developer of the Sleep Easy method which, through clinically-proven treatment, demonstrated an 81.6% efficacy rate. In addition to Dr. Shane, we are also joined by Jon Mitchell, a medically trained Functional Medicine Physician Assistant turned health consultant, who hosts 1-on-1s with clients to help them reverse disease and optimize their wellbeing. He achieves this by enhancing patients' home environments, with a heavy focuses on mitigating the negative health effects of certain technologies. And for our Tech this out feature, where we look at tech predictions from the past, we have a video from 1966 of children sharing their predictions of the future in the year 2000. There are some great predictions in there, with a real mixture of funny, dark and optimistic predictions, so take a listen.
September 30, 2019
Deepfakes: When seeing is no longer believing
Thanks to AI, seeing is no longer believing. This technology has given birth to deepfakes, false videos that seem really, which can be produced by anyone using a simple app or website. This week, we will be looking at the increasing prevalence of deepfake technology and how it stands to play havoc in the media and our personal lives. This rise is worrying for a number of reasons but above all, it is the simplicity of how they can be created that is potential the most alarming factor. In the words of this week's expert guest "It is putting an incredibly sophisticated tool into the hands of the unsophisticated and they can disseminate and leverage that in any way they see fit." My guest this week is a deepfakes expert who has given training to hundreds of people in government, law enforcement, PR, non-profit, healthcare and more. His work has been covered in major publications such as The Washington Post and Mashable, Adam Dodge. And for our Neuron to Something feature, where we look at scientific research in the field of psychology and technology, we have some hilarious case studies cited in a research paper discussing PornHub traffic during events such as the Hawaiian false missile alert or the 2018 Super Bowl. So stay tuned if you want a laugh.
September 23, 2019
MIT prof on institute's new course “Safeguarding Our Humanity in the Age of AI"
The man in this episode might be one of the smartest minds we have ever had on this show. Not only is he a professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, but he will also be teaching a new course at the famous institute titled “Safeguarding Our Humanity in the Age of AI,” professor Bernhardt Trout. In this episode, you will get a sneak peek of what will be covered on the course, what it means to be human in an AI world and what "optimum efficiency" should look like in an ideal world. And for our Tech This Out feature, where we look at tech predictions from the past, we have solid predictions from the incredible Alan Watts and his insanely accurate predictions of modern-day tech, recorded before his death in 1973. That will be before our main chat with Prof Trout, so take a listen.
September 16, 2019
A world with no jobs: AI and UBI discussed by ex-NASA engineer and political economist
You might want to do some mental exercises to warm up for this cognitive workout. Get ready to get deep, philosophical, and visionary. Many modern jobs, such as SEO specialist or Instagram influencer, would be difficult to explain to your grandparents, let alone someone from 25 years ago. Given how far we have come in just one generation, what can we expect for future generations as Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in our workforce and Universal Basic Income (UBI) gains increasing attention? Could we be looking at a world with no jobs? Could we be living in a world where money to get by is freely given and seen as a human right? To answer these complex questions I am joined by an ex-computer engineer for NASA, who holds an advanced degree in computer science from Cambridge University, and frequently gives talks on the existential threats of artificial intelligence, Peter Scott. I am also joined by an award-winning engineer, economist, and author who is running for US Congress, he is also a strong advocate for UBI, James Felton Keith. And for our special feature, we have Good News, where we will be looking at a positive news story on clean technology that was tested at Burning Man.
September 9, 2019
Virtual healthcare: Doctors the new digital nomads
In a world where our work is becoming more virtual, why do we still wait days to physically see a doctor? This is the question at the heart and soul of this episode of the Brains Byte Back podcast. To understand the prevalence of virtual healthcare, and the issues holding it back, we spoke with Dr Risa Ravitz, the founder of, an online service dedicated to patients with chronic migraines, along with Stephanie Korpal, a mental health therapist who operates out of her practice, Marble Wellness, in St. Louis, while providing private therapy to her clients online, in addition to working as a virtual therapist for the company Better Help. And for our Weird Wide Web story, we have an update on our story from the last episode, involving Kyle, the 3 million dollar world champion winner of Fortnite, and how his gaming session was interrupted by a SWAT turning up at his home.
August 26, 2019
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!
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.
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.
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. 
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 
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.
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.
May 20, 2019
McAfee Vice President Candace Worley Talks Preparing for an AI Future
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.
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.
May 20, 2019