Feb 5, 2012 | 15:47Spark Crowdsourcing Cool Audio
Spark Crowdsourcing Cool Feb 5, 2012 | 15:47The Japanese government has launched a site called Mazer, as part of its "Cool Japan" project. The idea is for people to post questions or problems, and crowdsource the answers. The winning ideas will be bid on by businesses to make them a reality. Michael Keferl is a marketer and trendspotter in Tokyo and we get his take. We expand the conversation for a look at how and when crowdsourcing can be effective, with digital culture writer, Don Tapscott.
Dec 8, 2013 | 11:01Spark Immigrating for Funding Audio
Spark Immigrating for Funding Dec 8, 2013 | 11:01Canada's new Start-up Visa Program is designed to attract entrepreneurs by offering immigration alongside funding for business ideas. We speak with 3 tech entrepreneurs that want permanent resident status in Canada, and have applied to the new program.
Nov 22, 2013 | 9:11Spark Robot Torture Audio
Spark Robot Torture Nov 22, 2013 | 9:11Is it OK to torture a robot? To lock a Roomba in the closet all day? To kick a Furby or decapitate a Pleo? Kate Darling thinks we might consider legally protecting robots from abuse in the same way we protect animals.
Nov 20, 2013 | 14:57Spark Beauty and the Brain Audio
Spark Beauty and the Brain Nov 20, 2013 | 14:57A little zap to the brain may improve the way you feel aesthetically about a picture. Zaira Cattaneo on enhancing the experience of beauty through brain stimulation.
May 2, 2011 | 34:34Spark "The Googlization of Everything" with author Siva Vaidhyanathan (Full interview) Audio
Spark "The Googlization of Everything" with author Siva Vaidhyanathan (Full interview) May 2, 2011 | 34:34Recently, Nora interviewed Siva Vaidhyanathan. Siva is a professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia, and he's the author of "The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry)." In it, Siva explores how so much of the world has embraced Google over the past decade, and he argues that we need to look critically at that embrace.
Jun 21, 2013 | 10:06Spark Work-life Balance Audio
Spark Work-life Balance Jun 21, 2013 | 10:06Linda Duxbury has been studying work-life balance in Canada for decades. We talk about how that balance has been significantly altered now that we live in a corporate and social culture of being 'always on'.