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Brains Byte Back

94 EpisodesProduced by Sam Brake GuiaWebsite

We explore how our brains, psychology, and society are impacted by the ever-evolving technology that surrounds us. If you want to be better prepared for the new information age, have a healthier relationship with technology, and get more out of life using top technology and psychology hacks, this is… read more

94 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Brains Byte Back is Back!

September 24th, 2021

1:17

We are back with a brand new episode out on the 1st of October! 

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The Final Chapter? (The Best Of Brains Byte Back)

April 27th, 2021

38:46

Today we will be sharing 5 clips, from 5 of our best episodes.

But first, we have some sad news. Brains Byte Back will be coming to an end, for now at least. After more than two years, the show has come a long way and …

Flash Drives for Freedom: The Organization Smuggling Forbidden Information Into North Korea

April 20th, 2021

24:20

In North Korea, the internet as we know it is almost non-existent. Only a few high-level officials are allowed access, and most universities, are given a small number of strictly monitored computers.

But for the …

How Not To Become A Prize Catch From Phishing Attacks

April 13th, 2021

27:50

Every day hackers send out emails cleverly disguised, posing as legitimate institutions or individuals to lure recipients into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking, and credit …

True Crime Stories From The World Of Crypto Hacks And Ransomware

April 6th, 2021

38:16

In today’s episode of the Brains Byte Back podcast, we will take a look at three separate cybercrime stories, attacks, and events, told by three …

Self-Aware AI On The Battlefield: Should We Fear A Terminator Scenario?

March 30th, 2021

29:42

In this episode of the Brains Byte Back Podcast, we want to explore if "The Terminator" could ever become a reality, and what other forms of AI …

The Rise of TikTok: What Are The Components Of A Successful Social Media Platform?

March 23rd, 2021

34:10

There is no doubt that 2020 will be remembered as the year that COVID lockdowns stole from us, but it will also be the year that TikTok broke …

How AI-Driven Crisis Recovery Tackles The 'Second Disaster' Of Disorganization

March 16th, 2021

23:36

Around the world, natural disasters and tragedies strike every week and during these tough times, we often see the best in human nature thanks to donations and charity work. However, despite good intentions, a lot of …

Connecting Everything To The Internet: Our Future With IoT Technology

March 9th, 2021

38:12

According to Statista, by 2025 we can expect to see a total of 30 Billion IoT devices, up 50% from 20 Billion in 2020.  With such a huge rise in …

Are Fully Autonomous Vehicles Fast Approaching?

March 2nd, 2021

39:53

In July 2020, speaking via video at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Elon Musk stated that "I'm extremely confident that …

The Silk Road (Psychology After Dark)

February 23rd, 2021

21:28

In today's episode, we will be sharing an interview of Brains Byte Back host, Sam Brake Guia, on the podcast Psychology After Dark, where they …

How To Unlock Your Creativity With Fun-Based Neuroscience Techniques

February 16th, 2021

34:48

Creativity is a skill that so many corporations and businesses aspire to foster and harness. However, businesses often struggle to create a conducive …

How To Retain More Information, Improve Recall & Learn A New Language

February 9th, 2021

53:53

We now have access to more information at our fingertips than ever before. YouTube videos, podcasts, audiobooks -- all of these forms of media have allowed us to consume information faster than ever, but we still face …

Bitcoin FOMO: How Our Psychology Drives The Price Of Bitcoin

February 2nd, 2021

48:47

Imagine seeing someone you fancy but you don't have the courage to ask them out and then someone else does, or not going to a party, only to see numerous pictures of all your friends having fun there later on, on social …

Changing The 'Chatter' Of Our Inner Voice From Destructive To Productive

January 26th, 2021

33:45

As Elon Musk's Neuralink and other implantable brain-machine interfaces continue to advance, it seems like we will soon be living in a world where …

Social Media and our Psychology (Don't Worry, We'll Talk It Out)

January 19th, 2021

56:19

Sam Brake Guia, the host of Brains Byte Back, featured on a handful of podcasts as a guest last year, however, on today’s episode, we share a special …

Brain Plasticity: How Technology, Environments, and Language Change Our Brains

January 12th, 2021

25:10

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku once said, “The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons. Sitting on your …

Software That Predicts Employee Burnout Through Language

January 5th, 2021

32:49

Imagine being at your computer, busy with work and on the brink of burnout, when you receive a message that tells you to relax and take the rest of your day off, for the benefit of your mental health. This is the goal …

Brains Byte Back: The Best of 2020

December 29th, 2020

39:41

As 2020 finally comes to an end, on today’s episode we take a look back at some of the best and most insightful episodes of the year. Episodes …

Increasing Happiness With Evidence-Based Techniques

December 22nd, 2020

41:21

According to The Guardian, lockdown measures significantly increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression in the UK. And according to the

Heuristics: How Our Mental Short Cuts Can Mislead Us

December 15th, 2020

41:26

We live busy lives in a hectic world, so to take in every piece of information available in order to make a decision would be a long and laborious …

The gift-giving AI for businesses that increases sales by 40x

December 7th, 2020

19:37

It is the season for gift giving! For many of our closest friends and relatives, knowing what to buy them can be a nightmare, so imagine trying to give a gift to someone you don't know but desperately need to impress.

Building A More Efficient, Privacy-Focused Future With Smart Cities

November 30th, 2020

41:03

According to data from the UN, in 2018 55% of the world's population lived in urban areas, and that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. With an …

Understanding the Dangers of Social Media

November 23rd, 2020

33:24

Social media has become such a deeply entrenched part of our lives, that abandoning it all together seems like an almost impossible task for many of us. Therefore, in this episode, we will explore how we can have a …

How to Become an Effective Critical Thinker

November 16th, 2020

26:56

In today's world of fake news and misleading politicians, critical thinking is arguably more important than ever, as it is critical thinking that …

Sex Neuroscientist On Technology And The "Sexual recession" Of Young Generations

November 9th, 2020

32:45

According to Psychology Today, there are numerous reasons why younger generations are having less sex than previous generations. Dating apps and porn …

Analyzing Blackout Drinking Culture During Quarantine Using Tweets

November 2nd, 2020

21:52

Humans are social creatures, so for many of us, self-isolation and living in quarantine can have a very negative impact on our mental health. …

The Psychology of Conspiracy Theory Beliefs

October 26th, 2020

44:13

According to a poll taken earlier this year, 1 in 8 Australians believe that Bill Gates and 5G are responsible for COVID-19. While this might sound …

Cancel Culture: A Digital Witch Hunt

October 19th, 2020

33:31

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 …

UFO Technology, Ancient Civilizations and Unexplained Mysteries

October 12th, 2020

35:13

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 …

Neuroplasticity: Why Learning Shouldn't Always Be a Linear Process

October 5th, 2020

30:29

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 Past & Present of CBD with Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Cannabis Formulator

September 28th, 2020

38:52

The hype surrounding CBD, one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, has exploded in recent …

Teaching Emotional Regulation Through Children's Videos Games

September 21st, 2020

24:33

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 …

Neuromarketing: Psychology That Influences Consumer Behavior

September 14th, 2020

30:48

Advertising is a multibillion-dollar industry, with everyone in the industry competing to grab your attention. With so much money at stake, it …

Chatbots at the front line of online therapy

September 7th, 2020

33:28

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 …

Neurofeedback: A Software Upgrade for the Brain

August 31st, 2020

36:11

In 2014, Marcia Moran, a business co-founder, blogger, and columnist suffered a stroke which left her with aphasia, a language disorder that affects …

How Smart Mattresses Analyze Your Sleep to Improve Your Slumber

August 24th, 2020

20:50

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 …

Inclusive UX: How Design Delivers Impact

August 17th, 2020

48:58

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 …

Dark patterns: How UX design tricks deceive us

August 10th, 2020

41:08

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, …

How Online Casinos Bet on Addicts Through Psychological Ploys

August 3rd, 2020

27:31

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 …

Libido in Lockdown: Exploring Copulation in Isolation

July 27th, 2020

34:33

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 …

Who owns the rights to AI's new artistic talents?

July 20th, 2020

33:11

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

Ex-Cybercrime Police Officer on the Evolution of Fighting Cyber Threats

July 13th, 2020

41:43

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 …

Ex-CERN Scientist on Leveraging AI to Accelerate Language Learning

July 6th, 2020

24:16

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 …

Securing and Simplifying Digital Identity

June 29th, 2020

35:31

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 …

Modern Warfare Technology with Ex-Military Sergeant Turned Tech CEO

June 22nd, 2020

32:44

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 …

The New Era of Psychedelics: Learning and Integrating

June 15th, 2020

35:04

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 …

The Transformative Power of Psilocybin

June 8th, 2020

40:04

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, …

The Therapeutic Power of Ayahuasca

June 1st, 2020

29:04

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 …

What is Microdosing? - Insights From a Clinical Biologist

May 25th, 2020

54:32

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 …

‘The Psychedelic Renaissance’ with the former VP of content at High Times

May 18th, 2020

53:29

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 …

The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: Russia

May 11th, 2020

28:14

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 …

The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: North Korea

May 4th, 2020

26:22

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 …

The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: Iran

April 27th, 2020

26:00

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 …

The Most Dangerous Countries on the Internet: Brazil

April 20th, 2020

23:16

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 …

The impact of gold and crypto on global currencies

April 13th, 2020

43:16

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 …

How to bio-hack your body (Part 2)

April 6th, 2020

35:15

Following on from last week’s topic of biohacking presented by Mags Tanev, I will be interviewing Josh Clemente, an Engineer turned founder, who …

How to bio-hack your body (Part 1)

March 30th, 2020

43:51

In this episode of the podcast, Brains Byte Back cohost Mags Tanev interviews two guests on biohacking, discussing everything from intermittent …

The best AI questions and answers from Brains Byte Back

March 23rd, 2020

24:40

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 …

How accurate is Mr.Robot?: The Technology + The Psychology

March 9th, 2020

38:14

"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 …

The Brains Byte Back Trailer

March 4th, 2020

1:02

A quick peek at our show Brains Byte Back with new episodes out every Monday!

How anyone can turn an idea into a startup

March 2nd, 2020

32:46

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. …

Sex Robots, INCELs and Porn Addiction with a Neuroscientist Researching Human Sexual Behavior

February 24th, 2020

35:23

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 …

How AI is advancing surgery

February 17th, 2020

25:46

For many, going under the knife and receiving surgery is not a desirable experience. Over time, our medical knowledge and the tools available have …

The science behind learning soft skills and hard skills, with Neuroscience specialist Todd Maddox, Ph.D.

February 10th, 2020

34:07

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 …

From surviving a plane crash to starting up in Colombia

February 3rd, 2020

28:04

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

Suicide prevention using predictive AI

January 27th, 2020

43:28

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 Save.org, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for …

Smartphones and Mindfulness: Understanding the new wave of meditation apps

January 20th, 2020

26:56

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 …

From desert village to multi-million dollar tech startup

January 13th, 2020

22:18

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 …

Why data scientists and social scientists need each other

December 16th, 2019

37:18

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 …

Pixm: The guardian angel fighting phishing scams and poor judgement

December 9th, 2019

19:14

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 …

The murky legality of doxxing in the USA

December 2nd, 2019

19:44

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 …

Call of Duty Co-founder, Chance Glasco, discusses the franchise and his new VR project

November 25th, 2019

25:08

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

UFC star, Urijah Faber, talks motivation and success

November 18th, 2019

18:11

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 …

The Psychology of SEO

November 11th, 2019

28:31

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 …

Why "Skip Ad" must die: The future of advertising

November 4th, 2019

25:14

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 …

Living everywhere and nowhere: What it's really like to be a digital nomad

October 28th, 2019

35:22

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 …

A lighter, better, stronger, faster VR experience is just around the corner

October 21st, 2019

27:46

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 …

Tech behind bars: Reducing recidivism with technology

October 14th, 2019

34:07

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 …

Technology and the loneliness of young generations

October 7th, 2019

43:26

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, …

Sleeping with technology: How modern tech can help or hinder your sleep

September 30th, 2019

35:31

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 …

Deepfakes: When seeing is no longer believing

September 23rd, 2019

30:46

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 …

MIT prof on institute's new course “Safeguarding Our Humanity in the Age of AI"

September 16th, 2019

33:26

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 …

A world with no jobs: AI and UBI discussed by ex-NASA engineer and political economist

September 9th, 2019

55:33

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 …

Virtual healthcare: Doctors the new digital nomads

August 26th, 2019

34:52

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 …

Professional ransomware negotiator and CEO discusses hackers' sly tactics and how to defend yourself

August 12th, 2019

28:35

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 …

Exploring the dark web with an ethical hacker and a former Israeli Police Cyber-crime operative

July 29th, 2019

43:40

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 …

The real price of porn? With Sexual Addiction Counselor Michael Dinneen and Professor Lynn Comella

June 6th, 2019

59:09

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 …

How Blockchain is Taking on the Opioid Epidemic with Victoria Adams from ConsenSys

May 20th, 2019

30:29

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 …

The World's Scariest Drug And The Social Media Group Spreading Awareness - Interview With A Victim

May 20th, 2019

21:31

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 …

The New York Times' Nick Casey Discusses The Energy Blackout And Crypto In Venezuela

May 20th, 2019

21:58

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 …

Getting Started With Bitcoin With Jack Dossman, the founder of Crypto Beginners

May 20th, 2019

37:34

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 …

McAfee Vice President Candace Worley Talks Preparing for an AI Future

May 20th, 2019

32:31

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 Cannabis Industry With HighNY Founder Michael Zaytsev

May 20th, 2019

35:45

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 …

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