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.
Dec 1, 2013 | 8:55Spark Dramatizing the Internet Audio
Spark Dramatizing the Internet Dec 1, 2013 | 8:55From an outside perspective, the things we do with our computers just don’t look very exciting. Quinn Norton on the limits of dramatizing the internet when everything,from writing a love note to filling out tax forms, just looks like typing.
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.
Dec 11, 2013 | 0:25Spark 35mm Projector Audio
Spark 35mm Projector Dec 11, 2013 | 0:25This is the sound of a 35mm projector recorded at the Encore Cinema in Oakville, Ontario on December 8th, 2013. It's a sound that will soon disappear as cinemas convert to digital projection.
Nov 15, 2013 | 7:04Spark In Favour of Paper Audio
Spark In Favour of Paper Nov 15, 2013 | 7:04The people at Bruce Mau Design use paper and colourful sticky notes in their office because they feel it does a better job than digital alternatives. Host Nora Young tours the studio to see if it's true!
Nov 22, 2013 | 8:37Spark Hardwiring Happiness Audio
Spark Hardwiring Happiness Nov 22, 2013 | 8:37Our brains are wired to remember negative experiences more than positive ones, but neuropsychologist Rick Hanson argues that by focusing on the positive experiences we have, we can 'rewire' our brains for happiness.
Nov 7, 2013 | 17:17Spark Memes in Digital Culture Audio
Spark Memes in Digital Culture Nov 7, 2013 | 17:17Limor Shifman argues that internet memes are more than silly entertainment, they engage us politically. Here she explains the inner workings of the current crop of Rob Ford memes to host Nora Young.