DiscoverCCTeaEpisode 3: Wearable Medical Technology
Episode 3: Wearable Medical Technology

Episode 3: Wearable Medical Technology

Update: 2018-12-181


In Episode 3 of CCTea, Kevin and Zach tackle the topic of Medical Wearable Technology, and discuss how these devices affect our health, our daily lives, and even our social interactions. They also analyze the differences between consumer wearables (such as FitBit, Apple Watch, Garmin, etc.), and true medical wearable technology (such as glucose monitors, pulse trackers, and diagnostic wearables).

Do you use wearable medical technology like step counters or pulse trackers? How do they impact our physical and mental health? What are the medical, financial, and legal implications of these devices? Today, the tea will tell.

0:00 Intro
1:05 Wavering Walks of Winter
3:00 The McFitBit
4:50 Most Accurate Pedometers
6:00 Story by Kevin: A Dark Side of Personal Health Tracking
10:00 Showcasing Quantified Health
11:45 The Broad Spectrum of Medical Wearable Tech
14:00 Medical Monitors & Surveillance
16:00 Privacy: Consumer Wearables vs. Medical Devices
17:30 Grindr Scandal: Selling Sensitive Health Data
20:20 Wearable Tech Revenue$
21:40 Zach’s Secondhand FitBit Testimony
23:00 Positive Aspects of Gamifying Health
25:30 Kevin’s Cold Take

Tune in next time for a follow-up episode containing an in-depth interview with Shavini Fernando, a CCT entrepreneur who recently invented her own award-winning medical wearable technology!
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Episode 9: Artificial Intelligence
Kevin and Zach return to the booth for the second-to-last installment of CCTea's first season, where they discuss the hot topic of artificial intelligence!Artificial intelligence (or AI) has become quite the buzzword in today's society. New "smart" devices with machine learning algorithms are integrating into our daily lives at a rapid pace. These machines can sift through unfathomable amounts of data to recognize patterns, predict behavior, and maximize efficiency. While these machines may still be bound by their foundations in binary code, some worry that they are evolving faster than their human creators. Should we be excited? Should we be worried? Today, the tea will tell. Table of Contents:0:00 - Intro1:15 - Semantic Issues with AI4:45 - The 3 H’s (Hope, Hype, Hysteria)6:30 - Another H (History)9:00 - Logic Theorist (1957)9:45 - The Turing Test (1950) 11:15 - Conversational AI: Automated Communication14:00 - Sociotechnical Blindness15:15 - Accountability in the Age of AI 17:20 - Machine Learning18:20 - Natural Language Processing22:20 - Exponential Growth of Technology 23:25 - The Future of Work? 25:45 - Importance of Adaptability26:40 - Kevin’s Cold Take 27:15 - Denouement & gnovicon 2019 Learn more about gnovicon and register to attend here: Grey. (2014). Humans Need Not Apply. Retrieved from, D. G., & Verdicchio, M. (2017). Reframing AI Discourse. Minds and Machines, 27(4), 575–590., J. (2019, March 5). Forty percent of “AI startups” in Europe don’t actually use AI. claims report. The Verge. Retrieved from background music in this episode was created by AI technology from Jukedeck - create your own at
Episode 8: Fake News with Dr. Michael Koliska
We've heard from current students. We've heard from CCT alumni. Now Kevin and Zach sit down with Georgetown CCT professor and media scholar Dr. Michael Koliska to discuss journalism and the impact of fake news on the industry. Piggybacking off the last episode about Internet Urban Legends, Episode 8 seeks to understand what happens when fabricated (or false) information online makes it way into our news feeds. Dr. Koliska discusses how trust becomes exploited when irresistible gossip and misinformation make their rounds on the internet, the importance of transparency from news organizations, and on the flip side, the importance of media literacy from consumers of news. Is fake news unique to the Digital Age? How do factors like time, trust, and authority help dictate what we believe in the news we read or watch? Today, the tea will tell. Table of Contents0:00 - Lead-In0:55 - Introducing Dr. Michael Koliska1:40 - From Tall Tales to Fake News4:30 - The Irresistibility of Misinformation5:30 - Conflated Terms in the Mainstream6:35 - Perceptual Limitations & Exploited Trust9:30 - Algorthmic Transparency 12:10 - Sharing As Surveillance13:00 - Hindrances to Transparency (Cost & Time) 14:45 - Why Be Transparent?17:00 - News As Entertainment (s/o Neil Postman)18:25 - The Privilege of Information19:30 - Shrinking Attention Spans20:50 - A Complex Conundrum 22:30 - The Digital Divide24:35 - Emphasizing Media Literacy27:30 - Kevin’s Cold Take References:"Transparency is the new objectivity." - David Weinberger (@ 15:40)Guess, A., Nagler, J., & Tucker, J. (2019). Less than you think: Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook. Science Advances, 5(1), eaau4586. (@ Music by: LAKEY INSPIRED• Subscribe to the LAKEY INSPIRED YouTube channel here -• Follow LAKEY INSPIRED on SoundCloud here -• Follow LAKEY INSPIRED on Spotify HERE -
Episode 7: Internet Urban Legends
Episode 7 of CCTea takes a spooky turn as Kevin and Zach take on the topic of Internet Urban Legends! From the ancient myths of vampires, dragons, and mermaids to modern horror stories such as Slender Man and other creepypastas, how are these tales created, embellished, and disseminated in the Digital Age? How do nostalgia, fake news, and Pokemon factor into the equation?As FDR once said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” This notion is certainly poetic, but is it true? There’s so much to be afraid of in contemporary society: nuclear annihilation, smallpox going on a reunion tour, and Slender Man! All of these fears stem from a common source: the unknown. How do the expressions of these fears morph and transfigure in a digitally mediated society? What can we learn from monsters online? Today, the tea will tell...Table of Contents:0:00 - Intro1:10 - Kevin: Internet Monster Boy3:05 - How Urban Legends Spread5:30 - The Dish on CreepyPasta7:00 - Introducing Slender Man9:05 - Radicalization by Myths & Urban Legends11:30 - Censoring Online Content From Children13:15 - What Monsters Represent15:05 - Distinguishing Reality From Fiction16:50 - A Brief Background of Fake News19:20 - New Forms of Literary Exploration22:10 - Nostalgia Within Online Urban Legends25:00 - Pokemon's Lavender Town27:15 - Kevin’s Cold TakeWorks CitedEvans, T. H. (2017, December 20). Opinion | The Ghosts in the Machine. The New York Times. Retrieved from Town Syndrome. (n.d.). Retrieved February 12, 2019, from, F. (2017, December 20). Urban Legends Told Online. The New York Times. Retrieved from, A. (2017, December 7). Into the woods: how online urban legend Slender Man inspired children to kill. The Guardian. Retrieved from, J. (2018, July 12). Creepypasta and the psychology of negative nostalgia. Retrieved February 12, 2019, from, D. (2016, December 15). The real history of fake news. Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved from Omer zdo2@georgetown.eduKevin Ackermann
Episode 6: Internet Semantics and Etiquette
In Episode 6 of CCTea, Zach & Kevin discuss the tricky topic of Internet Semantics and Etiquette, and how the ways in which we carry ourselves online can often spill over into our physical lives and relationships. They ponder the different methods of communicating online and their effects on understanding; the recent rise in image-based communication; modern dating and networking; and generational differences in communication expectations. So what are the protocols for the torrential flow of digital information? Are the bountiful modes of communication and expression available online allowing us to better articulate and convey meaning, or are they adding layers of depth and ambiguity to our correspondence, and leaving us all anxiously analyzing the smallest details of semiotics and semantics? Today, the tea will tell.Table of Contents:0:00 - Intro0:50 - Net Etiquette aka ~Netiquette~1:55 - The Medium is the Message (McLuhan shoutout)3:15 - Gr8 Expectations: The Digital Divide 7:10 - Enhanced E-talk [8:05 - feat. Chelsea Peretti in "Brooklyn 99"]11:00 - Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication 13:00 - TEXT YELLING vs. bein chill 14:10 - Reply Timeliness17:45 - The Shrinking Refrain of Free Culture20:40 - Modern Courtship21:50 - Networking Netiquette23:10 - All the World [Wide Web] is a Stage24:50 - The Social Politics of “ Following”27:05 - Kevin’s Cold Take 27:35 - OutroContact: Zach Omer zdo2@georgetown.eduKevin Ackermann
Episode 5: Media, Memory & Place
Zach & Kevin return for Episode 5 of CCTea to discuss the phenomenon of mediating our memories through camera phones, social media and other digital locative tools. The mobility and ubiquity of these mobile technologies have facilitated their ability to serve as recording devices and memory makers, just like film cameras and handwritten diaries before them. It’s become so easy to document and chronicle our lives through snapshots and to stockpile all that data in cloud storage systems, but what are the ramifications of that process? What happens when that content-- our cherished memories-- gets lost, corrupted, or deleted? Does it become fragmented and lose some of its richness? Do we leave enough time to reflect on our memories, project our current self onto them, and commit them to long-term memory, or do we rely too heavily on outsourcing that cognitive load onto computers? Today, the tea will tell.This discussion will feature an academic article called Record and Remember: Memory and Meaning-Making Practices Through Mobile Media (Ozkul & Humphries, 2015), a metaphor from Fortnite (the video game), a drowned phone, "food-stagramming" avocado toast, the paradox of nostalgia, and time wizardry. The full table of contents is below: 0:00 - Intro1:00 - Ozkul & Humphries (2015)1:45 - Locative Media: Foursquare Mayors2:35 - Memory-Making: Capturing Time through Photos5:05 - "Where Were You On..."7:00 - Kevin's Slurp Juice (Fortnite) Metaphor9:15 - Screenshots of Decontextualized Sentiments11:45 - Hoarders: Digital Clutter12:45 - Quantified Memories of a Camera Roll13:30 - Zach's Drive to DC: A Drowned Phone & Deer16:00 - Memory Fragmentation from Lost Content17:20 - "Food-stagramming" & Other Utilitarian Photos18:45 - Outsourcing Memories with Cloud Storage24:05 - Text vs. Image: The Projection of Self26:00 - Time Wizards & the Nostalgia Paradox28:30 - Kevin's Cold Take29:10 - OutroWorks Cited:Özkul, D., & Humphreys, L. (2015). Record and remember: Memory and meaning-making practices through mobile media. Mobile Media & Communication, 3(3), 351–365. Zach Omer - zdo2@georgetown.eduKevin Ackermann -
Episode 4: Exclusive Interview with Shavini Fernando
Episode 4 of the CCTea podcast follows up on the previous episode about Wearable Medical Technology through a full-length feature interview with a star student of the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University. Shavini Fernando, a Fall 2018 graduate of the program, recently designed her own wearable medical technology called O2Wear. Her device will continuously monitor users' oxygen levels and will alert the user and their primary care provider if oxygen levels drop too low. Shavini won multiple awards on campus for her invention, including over $50,000 worth of prize money to further develop her device. In the exclusive CCTea interview, Shavini discusses the background and inspiration for her invention, beginning with her own struggles with a heart condition called Eisenmenger's Syndrome. Her incredible stories include an out-of-body experience, an accidental stroke, a lost passport, and a letter from President Obama. See below for the full table of contents:0:00 - Introduction0:45 - Shavini’s Origins (Sri Lanka)1:25 - Grad School & Teaching in Australia3:25 - Eisenmenger's Sydrome Explained7:00 - The Blue Face Incident8:00 - Cardiologist Visit 9:40 - Right Heart Cardiac Catheterization11:00 - Shavini Defeats Death14:30 - A Dismal Diagnosis16:45 - Traveling to the U.S.17:00 - An Accidental Stroke at Johns Hopkins17:45 - “I Feel Like I’m in Grey’s Anatomy”18:45 - Recovery: Continuous Oxygen19:45 - Obtaining Insurance Through ObamaCare20:40 - “You Have Letter From the White House”21:10 - Switching Visas Under Trump22:25 - Choosing Georgetown & CCT23:45 - Changing Visas: International Shenanigans25:45 - Lost Passport Abroad28:05 - Physical Gains and Goals29:30 - O2Wear Explained 34:30 - “It’s Not Just For Pulmonary Hypertension”36:35 - GU Bark Tank Competition 38:00 - Coming Up With The Name “O2Wear” 40:45 - Training for Pitch Night: GIPC Competition43:30 - Pitch Night: “I Forgot My Entire Pitch”46:05 - What’s Next?48:10 - The Importance of a Positive Outlook
Episode 2: Identity Formation in the Digital Age
Kevin and Zach return to the booth for Episode 2 of the CCTea podcast, this time welcoming a guest feature: Kimberly Marcela Duron, the assistant editor-in-chief of gnovis! This week we will be discussing Identity Formation in the Digital Age, through 3 different lenses: TV & Cinema, Social Media, and Marketing/Advertising.So, what makes you, you? The formation and development of our personal identities in the Digital Age has become increasingly influenced by what we watch, where we go, what we buy, and how we conduct ourselves online. How does our digital environment affect the way we develop, process, and adapt our sense of self? The rise of social media has allowed us to tweak and experiment with our identities, with each platform providing different nuances for personal presentation, broadcasting of thought, and observational learning. Does this allow for unique development and enrichment of identity, or does the commodification of likes and shares on social media lead us toward a homogenized version of identity, as many of us strive for acceptance rather than genuine self-presentation online? 0:00 - Introduction1:00 - The Effects of Film & TV on Identity Formation1:55 - RIP Stan Lee3:15 - “Watching Up”4:00 - The Impact of Coco on Hispanic Identity5:55 - Representing Everyone7:10 - Insecure and Other User-Generated Content8:20 - Shifting the Mainstream with Authenticity9:00 - Creating Content as a Conversation10:35 - Diversity of Representation in Social Media11:30 - Tumblr and Observational Learning13:50 - Identity Fluidity on Social Media14:55 - Personal Online Brands15:45 - The Process of Identity Formation16:30 - Gamification of Identity18:05 - TFW: Relatability Through Universalities19:10 - Social Media as a Collective: “Duckface is Out”21:35 - Incubating Identities22:15 - Infiltration of Consumerism: Brand Exposure24:30 - Branded Content & the Rise of Normcore27:10 - Brandless Brands29:45 - Kevin’s Cold TakeFor questions, comments, and requests for the show, please contact: Zach Omer: zdo2@georgetown.eduKevin Ackermann:
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Episode 3: Wearable Medical Technology

Episode 3: Wearable Medical Technology