Jeff DeRiso

Jeff DeRiso
Newsbud Video Production Editor

Jeff DeRiso is Newsbud’s video production editor. He has been focused on video storytelling from a young age, and received a BS in Film Production from the University of Texas, in Austin Texas where he currently resides. He has been working as an independent video post-production specialist since 2012. In 2016 he produced the web series Confronting Sophistry which explores the nexus of opinion, belief, truth, and personal identity.

AI Bots vs. Fake News, and How Tech Companies Hijack Your Mind

In this community exclusive edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso discusses the AI chat bot supposedly used to “detect fake news” on social media.  He also discusses the point where magic meets software design, and its ethical implications.  We’ll also explore an example of mass hypnosis, and why playing a musical instrument can help keep […]

Cults and the Group Mind: What Fringe Religious Groups Teach us About Ourselves

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso discusses how one of the new services offered by Facebook seeks to monopolize internet speech in the developing world.  He also looks at the recruitment tactics of religious cults, and how these tactics often lead to tragic endings.  We’ll also explore the roots of fictional narratives, […]

Mind-Reading Machines, Medical Miracle or Dystopian Disaster?

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso looks at another remote voice projection device, developed by UK scientists, which uses an ultrasonic speaker.  He also examines an Elon Musk admirer’s approach to covering brain-computer interface tech, and explains why he thinks this discussion should be more nuanced.  We’ll begin to examine the ethic […]

Winning the Battle to Control Your Mind

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso looks at an achievement by Japanese researchers using brain waves to decode human speech.  He also examines a US Defense Industry insider’s view of advances in neuroscience and bioweaponry.  Also, we’ll examine how the dynamics of power can act as a control mechanism of human behavior, […]

Armies of the Future: AI Bots or “Enhanced” Humans?

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso discusses an effort by the Army to train their autonomous combat robots to better recognize targets.  He also talks about DARPA’s Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program, and the effort to digitally “upload” skills to the brain.  Also, a sinister-sounding invention by a mysterious inventor, and an approach […]

War on Science? …or Corporate Pseudo-Science PR Campaign?

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso discusses the new human rights proposal to protect against invasive mind hacks.  He explores the rhetoric surrounding the War on Science narrative and the March for Science, attempting to understand the motives behind this media campaign.  Also, what happens when brilliant scientists research things that powerful […]

Facebook Developing Ability to Read Your Thoughts…and the Dark Secret of Machine Learning

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso investigates Facebook’s unveiling of Building 8 and their research into brain-computer interfaces.  He explores some curious inconsistencies in the relationship between DARPA and institutions of technological research.  Also, AI deep learning has created devices whose decisions cannot be explained to humans, what problems does this pose? […]

Using Electronic Signals to Create Super Soldiers, Control Behavior, and Talk to Dolphins

In this week’s edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso looks into cognitive enhancement technology and its application for military special forces.  He also investigates the controversial subject of electromagnetic microwave weapons, which can covertly effect the human nervous system, leaving no trace.  We also discuss the story of a device that translates human speech into […]

The Hidden Power Behind Fake News and the 2016 Election

In this community member exclusive edition of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso continues to investigate the hidden forces behind fake news, the 2016 presidential election, and Brexit.  What are Information Operations and how do they affect public perception?  Also discussed are tactics that use social science and data analysis to engineer a profitable outcome for corporate […]

US Navy Launches Information Warfare Center to Counter ‘Supposed’ Russian Interference

In this week’s episode of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso covers the opening of a new center for Naval information warfare that is being framed as a response to the alleged “Russian interference” in the 2016 presidential election.  He also discusses the US military’s research into unconventional espionage during the Cold War, a fraudulent psychic healer […]

Developing Ethical Intelligence

In this week’s episode of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso investigates the story of a family caught in the crossfire of government disinformation.  He discusses artificial intelligence as an application for conservation, and the distinction between strategy and implementation.  Finally he explains why Elon Musk’s recent announcement of a new venture seems to clash with the […]

Human Free Will in the Digital Age

In this first episode of Mind Hack, Jeff DeRiso begins exploring the relationship between the human mind and digital technology.  He discusses the importance of ethical applications for artificial intelligence and robotics technology, and how operant conditioning programs humans to be reactive.  Finally, he looks at the story of a “mind control” technology startup that […]