Sep 14, 2014 | 11:37Spark Notification vacation Audio
Spark Notification vacation Sep 14, 2014 | 11:37The smartphone brings the world to our pockets, but can also bring an obsession with receiving and responding to notifications. Dr. Larry Rosen says the relentless barrage of notifications can have adverse effects on our mental and physical health.
Sep 14, 2014 | 9:04Spark Procrastination and reminders Audio
Spark Procrastination and reminders Sep 14, 2014 | 9:04You may believe that digital reminders help you to remember to do things. Not so fast! Behavioural economist Keith Marzilli Ericson says that while reminders help you to remember a task, they may make it easier to procrastinate.
Sep 14, 2014 | 11:40Spark Digital sabbatical Audio
Spark Digital sabbatical Sep 14, 2014 | 11:40Journalist David Roberts grew so compulsive in his use of digital technology that he was staying online until 2:00 or 3:00 am. He hit Twitter's daily tweet limit. So he took a leave of absence and went (mostly) offline for a full year.
Sep 14, 2014 | 14:21Spark The End of Absence Audio
Spark The End of Absence Sep 14, 2014 | 14:21Have we lost the value of absence by being constantly connected? In his new book The End of Absence, Michael Harris explores the downside of constant connectivity - the ability to embrace solitude, to daydream, and just enjoy the reverie.
Sep 7, 2014 | 12:20Spark The Organized Mind Audio
Spark The Organized Mind Sep 7, 2014 | 12:20Neuroscience has a lot to tell us about the brain and our capacity for attention. Daniel Levitin, in his new book The Organized Mind, uses that research for practical tips on being organized.
Sep 7, 2014 | 8:59Spark Unlimited vacation Audio
Spark Unlimited vacation Sep 7, 2014 | 8:59Did you get enough vacation time this summer? What if you could take as much time as you wanted? Greg Raiz instituted an "unlimited vacation" policy at his company because he thinks it helps attract talent and improves company culture.
Sep 7, 2014 | 9:37Spark Designing lunch Audio
Spark Designing lunch Sep 7, 2014 | 9:37Design firm IDEO helped redesign school cafeterias in San Francisco, and found that getting students to eat lunch often has very little to do with food.
Sep 7, 2014 | 10:51Spark Teaching computers to see Audio
Spark Teaching computers to see Sep 7, 2014 | 10:51Researchers are getting better and better at building computer systems that can see and understand the world around us. Olga Russakovsky and Geoffrey E. Hinton weigh in on this year's Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge results.
Sep 7, 2014 | 7:42Spark Handwriting email Audio
Spark Handwriting email Sep 7, 2014 | 7:42What did you do this summer? Tech columnist Mónica Guzmán carried out an experiment to handwrite all responses to her digital messages for 48 hours to find out what it tells us about how we write.
Jun 22, 2014 | 17:43Spark Elder tech Audio
Spark Elder tech Jun 22, 2014 | 17:43Our society is getting older fast and dealing with growing rates of dementia. Researchers and industry are turning their attention to the massive elder care market and developing technologies and services to help seniors integrate tech into their lives.
Jun 22, 2014 | 8:18Spark Interactive cities Audio
Spark Interactive cities Jun 22, 2014 | 8:18Daan Roosegaarde is ?one of the leading designers? envisioning the networked cities of the future, from roads that tell you when they're slippery to dancing lights that turn on when you pass them.
Jun 22, 2014 | 4:56Spark Social media microbes Audio
Spark Social media microbes Jun 22, 2014 | 4:56Nick Bratt created a pocket microscope that uses your smartphone as the display screen because he wants to promote scientific curiosity in a fun and engaging way.
Jun 22, 2014 | 9:54Spark Retro wearables Audio
Spark Retro wearables Jun 22, 2014 | 9:54Thad Starner is a computer scientist and technical lead on Google Glass. He also started wearing a custom-designed computer way back in 1993. He gives Nora a tour of his huge collection of vintage wearable computers.