Oct 19, 2014 | 6:17Spark Ad tracking Audio
Spark Ad tracking Oct 19, 2014 | 6:17Online ads target us and now follow us wherever we go online. Ashkan Soltani says this is invasive, so he's created Floodwatch to increase awareness about online advertising and tracking.
Oct 19, 2014 | 8:05Spark Autism and text Audio
Spark Autism and text Oct 19, 2014 | 8:05Rhonda McEwen discusses new research that shows that communicating via text on screens may be more comfortable and effective for people on the autistic spectrum.
Oct 19, 2014 | 8:08Spark RogerVoice Audio
Spark RogerVoice Oct 19, 2014 | 8:08Olivier Jeannel is deaf, but he wanted to be able to make a phone calls. So he created RogerVoice, a mobile app that transcribes phone conversations in real time so that deaf and hard of hearing people can talk on the phone.
Oct 19, 2014 | 9:00Spark Online country club Audio
Spark Online country club Oct 19, 2014 | 9:00Netropolitan is billed as an online country club for people with more money than time. So will people with money make time for it? James Touchi-Peters discusses his ad-free social network for the wealthy.
Oct 19, 2014 | 11:52Spark How we got to now Audio
Spark How we got to now Oct 19, 2014 | 11:52Steven Johnson in his book, How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World, argues that the "hummingbird effect" explains the long history of innovation.
Oct 17, 2014 | 7:48Spark Hacking online marketing Audio
Spark Hacking online marketing Oct 17, 2014 | 7:48Online marketing uses lots of techniques to target shoppers, like offering different prices to different web visitors based on how much marketers think they'll pay. Turns out consumers can use that targeting to their own advantage.
Oct 5, 2014 | 8:55Spark The Second Machine Age Audio
Spark The Second Machine Age Oct 5, 2014 | 8:55Andrew McAfee, co-author of The Second Machine Age, argues that because of the encroachment of artificial intelligence on employment, we need to take concrete steps as individuals and societies to help manage the issue.
Oct 5, 2014 | 9:01Spark Military kill switches Audio
Spark Military kill switches Oct 5, 2014 | 9:01If we have kill switches on consumer products, why don't we have them on military weaponry? Jonathan Zittrain argues we should have a way to disable dangerous weapons at a distance.
Oct 5, 2014 | 11:08Spark Anatomy of a viral phenomenon Audio
Spark Anatomy of a viral phenomenon Oct 5, 2014 | 11:08This past week, Aimee Morrison tweeted a photo of sexist baby pjs and it became a viral phenomenon. She studies social media communication and helps us unpack what happens when this kind of social activist content goes viral.
Oct 5, 2014 | 8:45Spark Remote repo Audio
Spark Remote repo Oct 5, 2014 | 8:45Starter interrupt devices can automatically disable your car if you make a late payment. Thomas Hudson explains the pros and cons of this new kind of electronic repossession.
Oct 5, 2014 | 2:53Spark Ello confusion Audio
Spark Ello confusion Oct 5, 2014 | 2:53There's been buzz about new social network Ello recently. But also confusion about it's URL. See, ello.co belongs to Ello (the social network). But ello.com belongs to Ello Corporation, a nutritional supplement company. We talk to President Mark Brant.
Sep 28, 2014 | 11:28Spark The future of music Audio
Spark The future of music Sep 28, 2014 | 11:28U2's deal with Apple is raising questions about what's ahead for the music business. Rolling Stone's Contributing Editor Steve Knopper shares his thoughts on the recent history and future of the recording industry.