Wild Wild Tech

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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 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4

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Twitch a Recruitment Tool for the U.S. Army?
2000
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. Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera speak with Jordan Uhl about how he was banned from the Army's Twitch stream, how they use misleading slinks and prize offers to direct people to recruitment forms, and why he has taken his cause up through the U.S. courts to curb these practices. The U.S. Army refused to talk to us about this, but we'll keep digging as the story continues to develop. Follow Wild Wild Tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Can a Computer Algorithm End Music Copyright Law as We Know It?
2468
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. Kristelia Garcia, an associate law professor at the University of Colorado, argues that Damien and Noah are breaking laws themselves. And, Jordan lets Joshua play judge in the cases of Vanilla Ice vs. Queen, Ray Parker Jr. vs. Huey Lewis and the News, and Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye.  Follow Wild Wild Tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
How Does Animal Crossing's Black Market Reflect the Real World Economy?
2109
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. And we hear from Zach Reino about his crazy pursuit of virtual riches in the Stalk Market and of course his famed turnip jail. And we talk to Eric Peckham who dives into this virtual utopia to try and find out why it has been corrupted by our real-world faults. Follow Wild Wild Tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
24 to Knives Out - Do Apple iPhones Spoil TV and Movies?
2021
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." Then Joshua Peterson, a production designer who has seen Apple rules firsthand, and throws a wrench into the spoiler theory. Is Apple's influence on story just aggressive marketing or will it actually ruin creativity in filmmaking? Follow Wild Wild Tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2020
Why Can't We See Butts on Disney+?
1981
If you noticed something hairy while watching Splash on Disney+, it wasn't just your imagination. Disney digitally added hair to cover Daryl Hannah's rear-end, and viewers are confused. Turns out, Disney has been altering it's content for decades to stay "family friendly." Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera chat with Josh Spiegel revealing this isn't the first time Disney hid their connection to Daryl Hannah's butt. And, we assemble a panel of parents to figure out how they feel about Disney+. And honestly, we talk about butt's way too much. Follow Wild Wild Tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Can a World of Warcraft Pandemic Save Us From COVID-19?
2051
In September 2005, World of Warcraft, a popular MMORPG game, was struck with a virus called "Corrupted Blood." It spread uncontrollably, killing hundreds of thousands of players. Epidemiologists studied player's reactions to this virtual pandemic to predict human reactions to real contagions. Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera speak to a player from the Corrupted Blood Incident who became a super spreader. And Eric Lofgren, an epidemiologist who studied the World of Warcraft epidemic, weighs in on how eerily similar it was to today. Follow Wild Wild Tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwildtechpod/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildwildtechpod/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
Introducing Wild Wild Tech!
102
Would you be surprised if scientists are learning how to fight COVID-19 from World of Warcraft? What if I told you that I could spoil almost any movie based on who uses an iPhone? Did you know that Disney is afraid of butts? Well, that’s Wild Wild Tech, the podcast that brings you the wildest, most bizarre, the most interesting stories about tech and how it’s shaping our culture. Wild Wild Tech is hosted by Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera where every week we'll uncover infamous stories in pop culture and tech and we’ll learn from the experts, and talk to the people who lived through these weird stories. These are the stories that are seldom told, but once you hear them, you’ll never forget.
Aug 04, 2020