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In the Air, Tonight

Light up a building with tweets about #homelessness. Dave Colangelo on his project In the Air Tonight, a massive public data visualization on the campus of Ryerson University.

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Spark - Why our brains respond to positive affirmationsJan 11, 2015 | 6:26Spark Why our brains respond to positive affirmations Audio
Spark Why our brains respond to positive affirmations Jan 11, 2015 | 6:26Christine Logel is a social psychologist and an assistant professor at Renison University College. She's studied how affirmations can help with improving physical health, and tells us why writing goals down can help us achieve them.
Spark - How changing your password can change your lifeJan 9, 2015 | 10:44Spark How changing your password can change your life Audio
Spark How changing your password can change your life Jan 9, 2015 | 10:44In 2104, Mauricio Estrella managed to achieve life-changing goals by turning his computer password into a new positive affirmation every 30 days. He tells his moving story and shares tips for how to create effective passwords for your goals.
Spark - Why this internet artist makes absurd, hilarious botsJan 11, 2015 | 7:50Spark Why this internet artist makes absurd, hilarious bots Audio
Spark Why this internet artist makes absurd, hilarious bots Jan 11, 2015 | 7:50Darius Kazemi is an internet artist. He writes programs that automatically carry out actions, such as Random Shopper, which bought Darius $50 worth of random products a month from Amazon. His hilarious work sheds light on Algorithm Culture.
Spark - Robot code of ethicsApr 13, 2014 | 8:26Spark Robot code of ethics Audio
Spark Robot code of ethics Apr 13, 2014 | 8:26Laurel Riek is a roboticist based at Notre Dame University. She discusses the unique ethical challenges around designing robots, and proposes a code of ethics to govern human-robot interaction.
Spark - Mom, stop posting photos of me online!Jan 11, 2015 | 3:04Spark Mom, stop posting photos of me online! Audio
Spark Mom, stop posting photos of me online! Jan 11, 2015 | 3:04Over the holidays, like most of the time, Spark producer Michelle Parise took a lot of photos of her 7-year-old daughter, Lola. So she was shocked when Lola took issue with how many photos her Michelle was posting online.
Spark - From your credit rating to your search results: How algorithms create a black box societyJan 11, 2015 | 13:37Spark From your credit rating to your search results: How algorithms create a black box society Audio
Spark From your credit rating to your search results: How algorithms create a black box society Jan 11, 2015 | 13:37If you're not concerned about your privacy and the data trails you leave, think again. Author and law professor Frank Pasquale argues that the secret algorithms corporations use affect our information access and our finances without our knowledge.
Spark - Can an A.I program be a criminal?Jan 18, 2015 | 14:12Spark Can an A.I program be a criminal? Audio
Spark Can an A.I program be a criminal? Jan 18, 2015 | 14:12Recently we've seen examples of bots that can buy illegal substances online or that spit out defamatory tweets. But can an artificial intelligence program be a criminal? Can a robot? Ryan Calo thinks robotics will soon require its own legal framework.
Spark - These gadgets are always listeningJan 18, 2015 | 9:55Spark These gadgets are always listening Audio
Spark These gadgets are always listening Jan 18, 2015 | 9:55A new wave of consumer electronics for the home are programmed to answer your questions or alert you if something sounds out of the ordinary. Michael Casey helps us understand the trend towards gadgets that are always listening.
Spark - Why Listening is More Important Than TalkingDec 21, 2014 | 10:18Spark Why Listening is More Important Than Talking Audio
Spark Why Listening is More Important Than Talking Dec 21, 2014 | 10:18Online, we reward people for contributing. Adding your two cents is valued. But software developer Jeff Atwood argues that listening is more important than talking, and reading - right to the end! - is more important than writing.
Spark - Yik Yak under attack in ChilliwackNov 30, 2014 | 5:13Spark Yik Yak under attack in Chilliwack Audio
Spark Yik Yak under attack in Chilliwack Nov 30, 2014 | 5:13Is it a tool for cyberbullying, or just a way to blow off steam? Why one Canadian high school decided to block Yik Yak, a popular --and controversial-- anonymous social networking app.
Spark - Connected toothbrushes and other oddities of CESJan 11, 2015 | 5:34Spark Connected toothbrushes and other oddities of CES Audio
Spark Connected toothbrushes and other oddities of CES Jan 11, 2015 | 5:34Spark contributor Pete Nowak is in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Pete tells us about a toothbrush that connects to your smartphone and other oddities at this year's CES.
Spark - The Internet of Emotional ThingsJan 18, 2015 | 6:27Spark The Internet of Emotional Things Audio
Spark The Internet of Emotional Things Jan 18, 2015 | 6:27The Withings Home smart monitoring features something called "cry recognition." In his blog post Emotion and the Internet of Things, Scott Smith wonders if the rush to commercialize these technologies will trivialize human emotion.
Spark - Hanging 5,000 paintings the size of a smartphone at the new Halifax libraryDec 21, 2014 | 6:59Spark Hanging 5,000 paintings the size of a smartphone at the new Halifax library Audio
Spark Hanging 5,000 paintings the size of a smartphone at the new Halifax library Dec 21, 2014 | 6:59Cliff Eyland's art commission at the new Halifax Central Library -- 5,000 paintings all the size of 3" x 5" file cards -- reflects the changing notion of the modern library.
Spark - How have the kids in your life reacted to you posting pics of them online?Jan 18, 2015 | 6:04Spark How have the kids in your life reacted to you posting pics of them online? Audio
Spark How have the kids in your life reacted to you posting pics of them online? Jan 18, 2015 | 6:04Michelle Parise has the broader Spark community's answers to this edition of We Asked the Question -- How have the kids in your life reacted to you posting pics of them online?
Spark - "Daily Rituals" with author Mason CurreyJan 5, 2014 | 13:56Spark "Daily Rituals" with author Mason Currey Audio
Spark "Daily Rituals" with author Mason Currey Jan 5, 2014 | 13:56In his book Daily Rituals, author Mason Currey looks at the daily rituals of famous artists, composers and writers and tells us how their rituals fueled their creativity, the patterns he's observed, and tips for us to use in our own lives.

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