Wild Wild Tech

Great stories of how tech shapes our culture in wild ways. Would you be surprised to find out scientists are using World of Warcraft to learn how to fight COVID-19? What if I told you that I could spoil almost any movie based on who uses an iPhone? Or how about the fact that Disney is afraid of butts? Well, that’s Wild Wild Tech, the podcast that brings you the wildest, most bizarre, most interesting stories about how tech is shaping our culture. Hosted by Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera, every week on Wild Wild Tech we’ll uncover infamous stories at the intersection of pop culture and tech, learn from the experts, and talk to the people who lived through some truly strange tales. These are the tech stories that are seldom told - but once you hear them, you won’t be able to forget them. These are the stories that are seldom told, but once you hear them, you’ll never forget. Follow Wild Wild Tech Subscribe AD FREE: https://wildwildtech.supercast.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit...

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episode 11: Yes, You Can Buy Human Bones on Instagram


Amidst the influencers, cute animals, memes and other videos on Instagram lives a bizarre, dark and strangely legal underworld where people buy and sell human skulls, bones and body parts. Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera dig deep into this macabre marketplace where they meet with Henry Scragg, proprietor of curiositiesfromthe5thcorner, and actual buyer and seller of human skulls and other death-related oddities...


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episode 10: 2020 Election: Conspiracy Theories vs. the Latinx Community


On this special pre-election episode, Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera explore the cloud of misinformation that is affecting the country, more specifically, how it's targeting the state of Florida and the Latinx community that resides therein...


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episode 9: Deepfakes: Harmless Fun or Danger to Our Privacy?


This week, Jordan and Joshua explore the light and dark sides of the deepfakes phenomena, synthesizing audio and video to replace the likeness of one person with another. Jordan and Joshua speak with Paul Shales AKA The Fakening about how he's built a career on swapping voices and faces of celebrities, and how the burgeoning technology is only getting better and harder to detect. On the other side, Dr...


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 2020-10-21  43m
 
 

episode 8: How Did a Fake Restaurant Become #1 on TripAdvisor?


How is it possible that a restaurant that doesn't exist could become the top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor? We get the answer from Oobah Butler, artist and prankster, who created "The Shed at Dulwich," a restaurant that served microwaved mac and cheese and boxed soup, but still managed to be the most-hyped restaurant in London. Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera explore how reliant we all are on reviews to make decisions for just about everything, even if reviews cannot always be trusted...


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 2020-10-07  40m
 
 

episode 8: How Did TikTok Replace Tinder for Lesbians?


We all know TikTok as a place of short, fun viral videos that's constantly on the edge of being banned. But for a certain sect of the LGBTQ community, it's become the new Tinder. Jordan and Joshua explore why lesbians are turning to this social media app as an ad hoc dating app...


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 2020-09-23  39m
 
 

episode 6: Twitch a Recruitment Tool for the U.S. Army?


You ever get so immersed in the world of a video game you start to believe you could live in that world? Well, the U.S. Army is betting on that. The United States Army has a long history of using video games as a tool for recruiting the next generation of soldiers. Activist Jordan Uhl alleges that recently the military is preying on vulnerable potential recruits by glamorizing war through their Twitch...


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 2020-09-09  33m
 
 

episode 5: Can a Computer Algorithm End Music Copyright Law as We Know It?


We all agree music is art, but an algorithm is challenging that idea. Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin created the "All the Music" algorithm, and it's tirelessly making songs at the rate of over 200,000 melodies per second to prove music is merely math. If they succeed, it will be the end of music copyright law as we know it. Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera, talk to Damien to understand the murky world of music litigation, and why he's trying to destroy it...


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 2020-08-26  41m
 
 

episode 4: How Does Animal Crossing's Black Market Reflect the Real World Economy?


Animal Crossing: New Horizons has captured the world's heart due to its cutesy animal neighbors, soothing island vibes, and unbridled capitalism? Hidden beyond Nook's Craney there's a black market emerging on the internet that involves the trafficking of certain characters, and bringing out the worst greed in some players. Joshua Rivera takes a visit to Jordan Erica Webber's island to see what the fuss is about the hit Nintendo Switch game...


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 2020-08-12  35m
 
 

episode 1: Can a World of Warcraft Pandemic Save Us From COVID-19?


In September 2005, World of Warcraft, a popular MMORPG, was struck with a virus called "Corrupted Blood." It spread uncontrollably, killing hundreds of thousands of players. And now, epidemiologists are studying players' reactions to this virtual pandemic, trying to predict human reactions to real contagions...


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 2020-08-05  34m
 
 

episode 3: 24 to Knives Out - Do Apple iPhones Spoil TV and Movies?


You can't own an iPhone and be a bad person, at least according to Apple. Director of "Knives Out" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Rian Johnson exposed Apple's strange product placement policy in a video online for Vanity Fair. But hosts Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera discover that this has been going on longer than most of us would expect. First we hear from Dean Browell, the creator of the The Macintosh Theory, who first noticed these spoilers in commercials and Fox's hit "24...


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 2020-08-05  33m
 
 
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