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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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Found: a 17th century map stuffed in a Scottish chimney

You never quite know what you might find when you're renovating your house.

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Gamergate and the "alt-right"

Emma Vosen looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society.

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You're a bad driver

Even with hands-free devices, you're still a distracted driver

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The joys of playing Lorelai Gilmore

The Gilmore Girls star discusses the past, present and potential future of the cult TV show which just returned as a Netflix miniseries.

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337: Sick buildings, salty storage solutions and more

Is your office building making you sick? Should you quit social media? Go up a mountain to get away from it all? Store your digital files in a salt mine? Volunteer in an internet chatroom?

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336: Bad driving, social media influence and more

Social media and the politics of democracy. Taxis as mobile libraries. Drivers are as distracted as ever. Data-mining gets visceral. Chatroom lessons from the old-timey internet.

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335: The lonely generation and more

A special look at loneliness in our ultra-connected age.

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334: Quit your job, smart home security and more

Get your boss to help you quit your job. Security and your smart home. In praise of the stupid home. The limitations of AI. And, collaboration and AI.

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333: Stupidity at work, slow innovation and more

Why stupidity gets rewarded at work. Motherhood and productivity. The myth of the great white innovator. Baseball and building better teams. Magic and haunting in technology.

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332: Design for the good, the bad and everything in between

Designing tech for happiness and for stress. How to take steps now to design your life. And, designing solutions for storing books.

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331: It's overcomplicated, Simpsons by the data and more

Why everything feels so complicated. A new wetsuit inspired by beaver fur. Analysis of 27 seasons of The Simpsons. And algorithms, those weapons of math destruction.

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330: Reality isn't real, Utopia is creepy and more

How our minds construct reality for us. Why our techno-utopia is actually dystopian. The trouble with that workplace dictator, email. And, diving into internet chum.

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329: A new standard for intelligence, online bartering, and more...

Music by computers, tips for millennials, trading through Bunz, and regulating the cutting edge of the financial industry.

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328: Disruption in banking, a long view on AI, and more...

The AI100 takes a long view on artificial intelligence research, why there are pop machines in your video games, teaching millennials about money, how the big banks are dealing with disruptions, and taking another look at the value of gold.

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327: Working less, social credit scores, and more...

A proposal for shorter workdays. We ask the question. Getting credit through online shopping and social media. And the tech helping people send money back home.

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326: The pain of paying, tracking babies, and more...

How credit cards help us spend more, new ways we are measuring everything about our kids, using Amazing Prime for... everything, celebrating the birthday of an unsung operating system, and looking back on Spark 10 seasons in.

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Introducing: From Bartering to Bitcoin

Spark's new series on the future of money in a digital world

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325: Connected bikes, playground design and more

The latest in connected bikes. Playing with playground design. The messaging app boom. And, experimenting with guaranteed basic income.

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324: Tracking tears, Zero Rating and more...

Adding tears to the quantified self movement. Finding names for every place. Understanding a big tech purchase. The problem with data-free content. And why the simplest brains are sometimes the best.

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323: Video visitations, busting bad behaviour and more

The impact of video visitation replacing in-person visits at jails and prisons. Fighting sexism in the tech industry. The AI that remade Blade Runner. And, falling in love with a little help from Google Translate.

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