Jun 1, 2014 | 10:46Spark 20 Day Stranger Audio
Spark 20 Day Stranger Jun 1, 2014 | 10:46Kevin Slavin and his colleagues at the MIT Media Lab have created a mobile app that connects you to a stranger for 20 days, in the hopes of producing a sense of understanding and empathy for strangers.
Jun 1, 2014 | 7:53Spark Classcraft Audio
Spark Classcraft Jun 1, 2014 | 7:53Quebec teacher Shawn Young, has created a role-playing game for his high school physics classroom in order to engage the students more effectively. It's part of a growing trend to gamify the classroom that's seeing positive results.
Jun 1, 2014 | 11:19Spark Are we taking A.I seriously enough? Audio
Spark Are we taking A.I seriously enough? Jun 1, 2014 | 11:19Alongside Stephen Hawking, Berkeley prof Stuart Russell, has issued a stark warning -- we are developing A.I at a rapid pace and we need make sure safeguards are in place before we find out its too late to control the technology.
Jun 1, 2014 | 10:37Spark Digital D-Day Audio
Spark Digital D-Day Jun 1, 2014 | 10:37High school history and computer science educators have joined forces to create the Juno Beach Project, an app that teachers Mason Black and Blake Seward hope will give students a more immediate connection to war history and Canadian soldiers.
Jun 1, 2014 | 9:22Spark Beyond the MOOC hype Audio
Spark Beyond the MOOC hype Jun 1, 2014 | 9:22MOOCs -massive open online courses- are mostly used by people who already have formal education, but Jeff Young says this doesn't mean they're a failure for democratized learning and still have the potential to shake up the future of formal education.
May 25, 2014 | 4:32Spark We Asked the Question: Noise Audio
Spark We Asked the Question: Noise May 25, 2014 | 4:32From inane cellphone conversations to headphone bleed, there's a lot of noise around us! So we drew up a funny diagram depicting noise and rage levels, posted it to the web, and asked the question: What noise, thanks to modern tech, really annoys you?
May 25, 2014 | 24:04Spark E-library letdown Audio
Spark E-library letdown May 25, 2014 | 24:04The frustrations of borrowing an e-book from the public library has us take look at the lessons of digital adaptation with a panel of book, library, and policy experts.
May 25, 2014 | 10:14Spark The Story of Noise Audio
Spark The Story of Noise May 25, 2014 | 10:14Mike Goldsmith, on his book Discord: The Story of Noise. In it he paints a picture of the history of noise and how much it's connected to the history of technology and progress!
May 25, 2014 | 11:16Spark The Limits of Crowdsourcing Audio
Spark The Limits of Crowdsourcing May 25, 2014 | 11:16After the Boston Marathon bombing just over a year ago, there was a lot of discussion about the use of crowdsourcing, especially as it resulted in falsely identifying innocent people as suspects. Zeynep Tufekci talks about the limits of crowdsourcing.
May 18, 2014 | 11:47Spark Right to be forgotten Audio
Spark Right to be forgotten May 18, 2014 | 11:47Meg Ambrose, whose research focus is the digital right to be forgotten, comments on the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice that internet companies like Google can be made to remove personal information from search engine results.
May 18, 2014 | 10:48Spark Cities and Memory Audio
Spark Cities and Memory May 18, 2014 | 10:48Stuart Fowkes is the creator of Cities and Memory, a sound project that attempts to capture the reality of a place, as well as its imagined counterpart. We also hear from Matt Parker, a sound artist and one of the guest contributors to the project.
May 18, 2014 | 12:03Spark Biosensors in your pocket Audio
Spark Biosensors in your pocket May 18, 2014 | 12:03Brian Cunningham explains next-gen biosensors able to detect small amounts of contaminants with your smartphone. Stephen Watson describes the TellSpec, a handheld food scanner that tells you what's in your food in less than three seconds.
May 18, 2014 | 6:24Spark Public Lab Audio
Spark Public Lab May 18, 2014 | 6:24Shannon Dosemagen is the Executive Director of Public Lab, a community where citizens are encouraged to investigate environmental concerns, using inexpensive DIY techniques.