Nov 30, 2014 | 53:59Spark 267: Slow video games, retroactive advertising, gaming the classroom and more. Audio
Spark 267: Slow video games, retroactive advertising, gaming the classroom and more. Nov 30, 2014 | 53:59This time on Spark, new ways of educating, playing, and listening. School standbys get a digital update, Germany's audiobook craze, slowing video games down, and putting new products in old videos.
Dec 7, 2014 | 53:59Spark 268: Rewiring our senses Audio
Spark 268: Rewiring our senses Dec 7, 2014 | 53:59Imagine if you could see with your tongue. Or hear colours. Or smell what time it is. This week, exploring new ways of using technology to re-wire our senses and getting closer to understanding a sixth sense, and a seventh sense, and beyond!
Apr 14, 2013 | 53:59Spark Longevity, Integration, and Disposal Audio
Spark Longevity, Integration, and Disposal Apr 14, 2013 | 53:59(Spark 213): Cliff Hacking on e-waste disposal in Canada. David Fleming on real estate and virtual staging. Julia Pagel on the Integrative Thinking technique in schools. Phil Gyford, Jason Scott, and Meg Ambrose on data longevity and web ephemerality.
Nov 2, 2014 | 53:59Spark 264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age. Audio
Spark 264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age. Nov 2, 2014 | 53:59A look at the push and pull of truth, rumour, misattribution, and the way news stories and art change and morph on the internet as they become viral.
Oct 28, 2012 | 53:59Spark Dyslexia, Documentia, and Domains Audio
Spark Dyslexia, Documentia, and Domains Oct 28, 2012 | 53:59(Spark 194): Tory Woolcott, Todd Cunningham, and Abelardo Gonzalez on dyslexic web fonts. Greg Lee on AI sports commentators. Andrew Kaufman on the modern disease of "Documentia". Howard Rheingold on internet Crap Detection 101. Fadi Chehadé on ICANN and domain names.
Oct 2, 2011 | 54:00Spark Sensors, Predictors, and Facial Recognition Audio
Spark Sensors, Predictors, and Facial Recognition Oct 2, 2011 | 54:00(Spark 157): Jennifer Steeves and Alessandro Acquisti on facial recognition, Jonathan Koomey on why efficiency is the new power, Jure Leskovec on predicting the future through behaviour mining, and Ayesha Khanna on the future of smart cities
Jun 20, 2010 | 54:00Spark Virtual Street Corners, Responsive Architecture, and the Future of Public Libraries Audio
Spark Virtual Street Corners, Responsive Architecture, and the Future of Public Libraries Jun 20, 2010 | 54:00(Spark 117): For a long time, libraries were repositories of a scarce good: information. But now, information online is everywhere, at least for those with access to the Internet. So, public libraries need to think about being valuable as public space, as community hubs, and as places to help navigate the seas of data to find quality information. One approach to this comes from the New Library in Almere, The Netherlands. It takes many design cues from retail bookstores. Nora talked to Chris Wiersma, the director of the New Library, and Erikjan Vermeulen from the architecture firm concrete about the library's design. Then, for a Canadian perspective on the future of library design, Nora talked to Gerry Meek, CEO of the Calgary Public Library. John Ewing is an artist based in Boston, and earlier this month, he launched Virtual Street Corners. It's a pair of interactive video screens in two different neighbourhoods: Coolidge Corner, Brookline, and Dudley Square, Roxbury. Each corner has a display, a camera and a microphone. When you look at one video screen, you're actually looking at a completely different corner in a completely different neighbourhood. It's like a digital portal. Nora talked to John Ewing about the project. Each year in the UK, 3.5 billion pieces of chewing gum are disposed of improperly. And that's something product designer Anna Bullus is trying to change. Anna has created Gumdrop, a chewing gum disposal bin that's made of used chewing gum. You might think that Gumdrop is just an inventive, kinda wacky idea, but beyond the issue of chewed gum, it's an example of something that's actually a big design trend these days: upcycling. Nora talked to Anna Bullus and product and experience designer Todd Falkowsky about the trend. Responsive architecture is actually already beginning to become a reality in the actual buildings around us. Lisa Rochon is the architecture critic at the Globe and Mail and she talked to Nora about Canadian developments in responsive architecture.
Dec 12, 2010 | 54:00Spark 2010 Best of Spark Audio
Spark 2010 Best of Spark Dec 12, 2010 | 54:00We often talk about the world of work on Spark, and specifically how that world is changing. Daniel Pink has thought so much about it that he's written four books on the subject, including his latest Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Nora spoke with Daniel about the ways we are motivated to be better performers, and the answer just may surprise you! Gary Shteyngart's new novel is called Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel, and it's been making waves since it hit bookshelves back in July. It tells the story of two people who fall in love in a near-future New York, where the wealthy get nano-technology treatments to avoid aging, the US economy has collapsed and is tottering under war, class struggle, and a one- party state. And, it's a comedy, with lots of satirical, dystopian, and hilarious things to say about contemporary techno-culture. How would you like to simply think, "Where's my dentist from here?" and have the directions show up on your mobile? Maybe you'd like to slip to your appointment unnoticed thanks to your invisibility cloak. And just to make sure you don't forget your appointment in the first place, you've already been injected with nano-computers that will do your remembering for you. This future might not be as distant as we think. Isabel Pedersen is a Communications professor at Ryerson University who studies what she calls reality-shifting devices. She spoke with Nora about her concern that we're not taking the time to consider the human implications of such technologies before we accept them as fact. There's an old saying: "Don't talk to strangers!" But what about following them on Twitter? Well in Joel Johnson's experience, there can be real advantages to following complete strangers online. In addition to Joel, Nora also spoke with Jonah Lehrer, who believes that following strangers on Twitter can expand our creative potential, an idea that's been researched by Charlan Nemeth, who studies the role of dissent in creativity and thought. Her research suggests that simply by being exposed to minority dissenting viewpoints (whether we believe them or not) improves our creativity.