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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.
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    • Technology
    • 4.2 • 193 Ratings

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
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    Introducing: Fast Forward from Tomorrow Unlocked! Episode 1 - Welcome to the Labyrinth

    Introducing: Fast Forward from Tomorrow Unlocked! Episode 1 - Welcome to the Labyrinth

    Wild Wild Tech presents an exciting new tech podcast, Fast Forward! Fast Forward is a new series by cyberculture channel Tomorrow Unlocked by Kaspersky. It explores how tech history can help us understand today’s evolution of technology. Here's episode one, "Welcome to the Labyrinth."
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    • 21 min
    Why a Dystopian Future is Not So Far Away

    Why a Dystopian Future is Not So Far Away

    With the continually rapid evolution of the technology around us and the advent of computers and smartphones, it would appear that the future is upon us. But is that necessarily a good thing? This week, Jordan and Joshua speak with writer and tech journalist Alexandra Samuel to discuss how our new reality was merely science fiction just a few years ago, and sometimes quite literally! Alexandra explains how Sci-Fi writers have actually predicted technology trends and have even shaped a lot of the tech we use today. She also explains how, much like everything else, a lot of how technology is used tends to benefit those who are already privileged, while leaving the underprivileged in the past. Not to mention that after a certain point, A.I. technology can become self-sufficient which could mean the end of humanity as we know it. So can science fiction continue to give us a window into a beautiful future, or have we progressed so much that we've already doomed ourselves?
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    • 45 min
    Mario, Switch and Zelda: The Nintendo Story

    Mario, Switch and Zelda: The Nintendo Story

    Nintendo is a household name, but how is that possible for a video game company that's over 100 years old? This week, Joshua and Jordan discuss the enduring legacy of Nintendo, a video game company that has found appeal across all levels of gamers, from casual to the most die-hard. Nintendo was started in 1889 as a playing card company, but they're mostly known for Mario's birthplace and consistently creating innovative games and gameplay. Listen as Jordan and Joshua explore their personal connections with their favorite Nintendo consoles and handheld devices, how this Japanese company infiltrated the American market, how they created a multitude of iconic characters, and how they recently created a phenomenon with Switch and Animal Crossing (and developed a digital black market). So whether you're a Nintendo fan or wondering why we're still talking about them, you'll want to check this one out!
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    • 46 min
    Can A.I. Bring the Dead Back to Life?

    Can A.I. Bring the Dead Back to Life?

    What if you were offered the chance to speak with a lost loved one? New technology, namely the app Replika, is offering the chance to upload someone's data to recreate them in the digital form. Joshua and Jordan chat with journalist with Protocol, Mike Murphy, who has written extensively about the subject of recreating the digital self using data. Replika came into the public eye when founder Eugenia Kuyda shared the story of her friend Roman Mazurenko who passed away. Eugenia uploaded Roman's thousands of texts to the Replika software to create a chatbot that converses like Roman. Eugengia believes that this technology could help keep the spirit alive of someone who has died. Conversely, Jordan and Joshua also speak with Professor at Keene State College, Amber Davisson, who warns of how this burgeoning technology could be exploited for the vast amount of user-submitted data it requires. So is this the modern answer to grieving or is this yet another dangerous step towards perfecting deep fakes and having it fall into the wrong hands?
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    • 49 min
    The Ratatouille Tik Tok Musical That Became a Sensation

    The Ratatouille Tik Tok Musical That Became a Sensation

    Ratatouille: The Musical started as a meme, then a viral TikTok video until ultimately becoming a hit Broadway musical that Disney approved. How is that possible, especially during a pandemic? This week, Jordan and Joshua talk to a few of the key players in turning a short internet video into a full-scale production. Jordan and Joshua speak with Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley, the writers of Ratatouille: The Musical (or Ratatousical if you'd like) to explain the incredible journey that this musical has undertaken. They also speak with Greg Nobile, CEO of Seaview Productions, who explains how he was able to get in contact with Disney representatives to secure their blessing for the once-unauthorized musical version of their hit Pixar film. And finally, the hosts chat with Daniel Mertzlufft who fell into the role of composer for the musical and how this experience has changed his life forever. Beyond breaking through its internet fame, Ratatouille: The Musical also raised over $2 million for The Actors Fund, a charitable organization aiming to help struggling film and theater actors, most notably during this pandemic that has shut down most if not all film and theatrical productions across the country.
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    • 41 min
    Reddit vs. Hedgefund Billionaires: The Full Gamestop Story

    Reddit vs. Hedgefund Billionaires: The Full Gamestop Story

    Gamestop, Robinhood, Hedge funds, Reddit; there's a good chance you've been hearing these terms being thrown around, but what exactly is going on? This week, Jordan and Joshua break down the timeline events of that made Gamestop stock soar and make redditors millionaires overnight. Journalist and writer for VICE MOTHERBOARD Matthew Gault simplifies how the stock market works, what "shorting" is, the major conflicted interest with Robinhood's involvement, and how savvy redditors banded together and created this frenzy. Fellow MOTHERBOARD writer and GME investor Jason Koebler, who wrote his own explainer of the entire situation, discusses why Robinhood appealed to young investors, including the subreddit r/wallstreetbets that lead to Gamestop stock to soar, which in turn angered hedge funds who shorted the stock. Plus, Jason discusses how this seemingly David vs. Goliath story has a darker side when looking at the toxicity of wallstreetbets and what the future holds for this brave new stock market that might not fully represent the valuation of companies and the economy at large.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 Ratings

Danye Weest ,

Awesome Podcast!

I was so skeptical of this podcast when it first came out, but i gave it a try anyways. Almost a year later, I’m still listening and enjoy every episode even more than the last.

Skyetrinity ,

Tech Podcast or Advocacy?

I enjoyed season 1, but as I get into season 2 the tone has shifted dramatically to one in which a clear political agenda is being pushed. The hosts’ have become very condescending and in no way attempt to report with any semblance of a neutral tone. Such a disappointment! ....and I have no problem with any podcast having ads, but I would agree with many other reviews that the amount of ads is excessive. Sadly this is another podcast ruined for me by politics...

listener_kc ,

Have heard all of these stories done better on other shows

Probably enjoyable if you’re new to podcasts or otherwise haven’t heard about all of these topics already. I’ve been listening to pods for over 5 years and I have already heard all of the topics on this show done better on other shows. That is my main gripe. My other smaller gripes are: The hosts say they’ll put things in the show notes and then they don’t, a lot of ads, and the hosts laugh at each other way too much (maybe you really think each other are that funny, but it takes away from the show). Anyway, I’ve been a listener from the beginning, but with the quantity of shows I subscribe to, not sure this one will make the cut for much longer.

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