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Spark - From your credit rating to your search results: How algorithms create a black box societyJan 11, 2015 | 13:37Spark From your credit rating to your search results: How algorithms create a black box society Audio
Spark From your credit rating to your search results: How algorithms create a black box society Jan 11, 2015 | 13:37If you're not concerned about your privacy and the data trails you leave, think again. Author and law professor Frank Pasquale argues that the secret algorithms corporations use affect our information access and our finances without our knowledge.
Spark - Connected toothbrushes and other oddities of CESJan 11, 2015 | 5:34Spark Connected toothbrushes and other oddities of CES Audio
Spark Connected toothbrushes and other oddities of CES Jan 11, 2015 | 5:34Spark contributor Pete Nowak is in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Pete tells us about a toothbrush that connects to your smartphone and other oddities at this year's CES.
Spark - 271: Life-changing passwords, hilarious bots, connected toothbrushes and moreJan 11, 2015 | 53:59Spark 271: Life-changing passwords, hilarious bots, connected toothbrushes and more Audio
Spark 271: Life-changing passwords, hilarious bots, connected toothbrushes and more Jan 11, 2015 | 53:59How changing your password can change your life, why our brains respond to positive affirmations, posting photos of kids online, oddities from this year's Consumer Electronics Show, hilarious bots and how algorithms create a black box society.
Spark - Why our brains respond to positive affirmationsJan 11, 2015 | 6:26Spark Why our brains respond to positive affirmations Audio
Spark Why our brains respond to positive affirmations Jan 11, 2015 | 6:26Christine Logel is a social psychologist and an assistant professor at Renison University College. She's studied how affirmations can help with improving physical health, and tells us why writing goals down can help us achieve them.
Spark - Why this internet artist makes absurd, hilarious botsJan 11, 2015 | 7:50Spark Why this internet artist makes absurd, hilarious bots Audio
Spark Why this internet artist makes absurd, hilarious bots Jan 11, 2015 | 7:50Darius Kazemi is an internet artist. He writes programs that automatically carry out actions, such as Random Shopper, which bought Darius $50 worth of random products a month from Amazon. His hilarious work sheds light on Algorithm Culture.
Spark - How changing your password can change your lifeJan 9, 2015 | 10:44Spark How changing your password can change your life Audio
Spark How changing your password can change your life Jan 9, 2015 | 10:44In 2104, Mauricio Estrella managed to achieve life-changing goals by turning his computer password into a new positive affirmation every 30 days. He tells his moving story and shares tips for how to create effective passwords for your goals.
Spark - Hanging 5,000 paintings the size of a smartphone at the new Halifax libraryDec 21, 2014 | 6:59Spark Hanging 5,000 paintings the size of a smartphone at the new Halifax library Audio
Spark Hanging 5,000 paintings the size of a smartphone at the new Halifax library Dec 21, 2014 | 6:59Cliff Eyland's art commission at the new Halifax Central Library -- 5,000 paintings all the size of 3" x 5" file cards -- reflects the changing notion of the modern library.
Spark - If you hate online ads, just use the age-old tactic of obfuscationDec 21, 2014 | 14:48Spark If you hate online ads, just use the age-old tactic of obfuscation Audio
Spark If you hate online ads, just use the age-old tactic of obfuscation Dec 21, 2014 | 14:48Daniel Howe wants to shift the balance of power between advertisers and consumers. So he built a browser plugin, AdNauseum, to thwart online tracking, by using the tactic of obfuscation.
Spark - Could 3D printing photographs change the way people who are blind experience memory?Dec 21, 2014 | 9:16Spark Could 3D printing photographs change the way people who are blind experience memory? Audio
Spark Could 3D printing photographs change the way people who are blind experience memory? Dec 21, 2014 | 9:163D printing is a growing industry, the technology is being used to build everything from airplanes to eyewear. But could it be used to build...memories?
Spark - Why Listening is More Important Than TalkingDec 21, 2014 | 10:18Spark Why Listening is More Important Than Talking Audio
Spark Why Listening is More Important Than Talking Dec 21, 2014 | 10:18Online, we reward people for contributing. Adding your two cents is valued. But software developer Jeff Atwood argues that listening is more important than talking, and reading - right to the end! - is more important than writing.
Spark - 270: 3D printing your memories, a call for less commenting and more reading, online ads and obfuscation, and more.Dec 21, 2014 | 53:59Spark 270: 3D printing your memories, a call for less commenting and more reading, online ads and obfuscation, and more. Audio
Spark 270: 3D printing your memories, a call for less commenting and more reading, online ads and obfuscation, and more. Dec 21, 2014 | 53:59This time on Spark, the hidden assumptions and secret biases of the technologies we use every day. From the trouble with so much commenting and so little reading online, to when good algorithms go bad! And more.
Spark - A brand new TV for a penny? Why these super-low Amazon prices are too good to be trueDec 21, 2014 | 7:18Spark A brand new TV for a penny? Why these super-low Amazon prices are too good to be true Audio
Spark A brand new TV for a penny? Why these super-low Amazon prices are too good to be true Dec 21, 2014 | 7:18On Friday, December 12, Stephen Palmer got a nasty Christmas surprise. Many of the electronics in his Amazon shop were being sold for one penny. In this segment, Stephen tells his story, then law prof Frank Pasquale reflects on algorithms gone haywire.
Spark - How San Quentin is turning prisoners into programmersDec 14, 2014 | 12:25Spark How San Quentin is turning prisoners into programmers Audio
Spark How San Quentin is turning prisoners into programmers Dec 14, 2014 | 12:25Code.7370 is more than just a computer coding course, it's a chance for inmates in San Quentin to change the course of their lives.
Spark - Angry about your unfair parking ticket and want to fight it? There's an app for thatDec 14, 2014 | 7:36Spark Angry about your unfair parking ticket and want to fight it? There's an app for that Audio
Spark Angry about your unfair parking ticket and want to fight it? There's an app for that Dec 14, 2014 | 7:36Fixed is a new app that is helping drivers in San Francisco fight unfair parking tickets. Does this point to a new 'justice as a service' business model in the tech sector?
Spark - Why people use phone tracking apps to take the law into their own handsDec 14, 2014 | 9:02Spark Why people use phone tracking apps to take the law into their own hands Audio
Spark Why people use phone tracking apps to take the law into their own hands Dec 14, 2014 | 9:02Instead of calling the police, some people are using tracking apps to find smartphone thieves themselves. And that can lead to tricky and sometimes dangerous situations.

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