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Spark

Spark brings you the latest in technology and culture. With an eye on the future, host Nora Young guides you through this dynamic era of technology-led change, and connects your life to the big ideas changing our world right now.

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Why do we feel so bad about feeling good?

If most drug users take substances because it feels good, why is pleasure left out of policy conversations?

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Music and Indigenous youth

Meet Indigenous youth who are finding deeper meaning in music — and finding their voices along the way.

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Undercover

A family of four examines their sleep habits, vying for the spare bedroom.

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Why the Google 'manifesto' misses the point

Critics argue the Google "manifesto" debating a woman's biological abilities is another example of discrimination in the workplace.

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The Spark guide to living, part 4: Disability and assistive tech

The Spark Guide to Living looks at how technology has made living with disability easier and more manageable.

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The Spark guide to living, part 5: Money and tech

We look at how money and finance is being radically changed by technology

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The Spark guide to living, part 6: Designing your life

How has technology made living easier? Or has it made life more difficult? The Spark guide to asks how tech helps you design your life.

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The Spark guide to living, part 7: The impact of algorithms

Algorithms govern our search results to what we see on Facebook. We examine the hidden impacts of technology.

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The Spark guide to living, part 8: Loneliness and Technology

Technology allows us to connect more than ever. So why are so many people lonely?

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The Spark guide to living, part 9: Artificial Intelligence

Will we soon welcome our robot overlords? Or is AI much more benign? Spark looks at the state of AI

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The Spark guide to living, part 3: Tech in entertainment

We look at how technology has disrupted, enhanced, and hindered the entertainment industry.

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The Spark guide to living, part 2: music and technology

A look at how technology is changing music: the way we hear it, stream it, and make it.

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Spark Guide to Living Episode 1 - The state of innovation in Canada

As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, how well are we doing in innovation? Part 1 of our summer series, The Spark Guide to Living

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361: Blessing robots, extended minds and more

Should social media be public media? A blessing robot that offers hope in seven languages. A robot couples counsellor could save your relationship. Plus, why your phone is really an extension of your mind.

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360: language and diversity in the digital age

Our changing view of the physical book. Linguistic diversity online and how digital tools are helping to reclaim languages at risk. The anti-social media app.

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359: machines that smell sickness, sarcastic AI and more

Crowdsourcing happiness. Sarcastic AI. Protest and technology. Making music with code. Machines that can sniff out disease.

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358: moderation, persuasion, attention

Facebook's content moderation problem. Apple's lack of daycare. Dumb bots that improve office dynamics. And, online persuasion and the attention economy.

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357: audio tattoos, the malware scare and more

The future of ransomware. Ads that target your painful past. Tattoos you can listen to. And, has America become anti-innovation?

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356: "Can you please unlock your phone, sir?"

Why border officials can scour your smartphone. Should robots interview abused children? "Dashing" off donations. Behaviour and digital nudging. Portrayals of motherhood in video games.

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355: Down and out in the digital economy

The perils of job hunting in a digital age. Why kids should learn to hack. The dangers of "pre-crime" algorithms. Kim Dotcom: the man behind the myth.

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354: Social media, social ills

Facebook, violence and responsibility. An app to bridge the political divide. Designing government data to be engaging. Locked out of your own YouTube account. And, why we need a nature fix.

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353: Addiction, failure, psychopaths

How to identify and curb tech addiction and overuse. Why we should stop scrolling and start connecting. A tour through the Museum of Failure. A tax on robots. And, is Silicon Valley full of psychopaths?

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352: Baby boxes, internet health and more

Internet health. Baby boxes. 808 heartbreak. Frank Lloyd Wright's 3D revival. And, is tech becoming conceptual art?

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351: Search history for sale, bot talk and more

Search history for sale. Bots that develop their own language. Vision for the legally blind. And, what innovation means in Canada.

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350: Disappearing trades, automation and more

Vanishing skills in our digital society. Why there's still a lively market for feature phones in developing economies. And how the threat of automation and job destruction is overblown.

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349: Down with self-improvement, sexism and more

Resisting the self-improvement craze. Data analytics and the restaurant industry. Diplomatic digital relations. Sexism and Silicon Valley.

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348: Everyone's a musician, no one is the boss

Google's hatred-fighting AI. How assistive tech can sometimes reinforce inequalities. No musical ability, no problem, there's an app for that. A personal assistant that answers exclusively in GIFs. And saying goodbye to the CEO for good.

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348: Rando reactions, creative data and more

The future of streaming, sharing, stealing and entertainment. A record-pressing robot helps bring back vinyl. An argument against Virtual Reality as an empathy tool. And, going random with Facebook reactions.

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313: Virtual reality, actual loneliness and more

Technology that connects and isolates, the intricacies and unexpected outcomes of robot law, finding high art and compassion in virtual reality, and the "Godmother of VR" on the state of her industry.

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