April 2014

Re-play ball

Is it a hit or a foul? Baseball writer Brendan Kennedy on baseball's new instant replay review system and whether...

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Curling analytics

Ah, curling! The sport is steeped in tradition. Not the first place you'd look for the latest sports tech. Glenn...

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Why is wearable tech so ugly?

From smartwatches to head-mounted computers, wearable technology is slowly coming to the consumer market. But here's the thing: a lot...

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HR tech

LinkedIn, job boards, and portfolio sites make it easier than ever to look for work. So why does it seem...

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Personal education

Today's students leave lots of data trails - from demographic information, to how they read and highlight ebooks, and interact...

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We asked the question

If everyone's learning experience is customized, does that mean everyone gets an A? Spark producer Michelle Parise asks the broader...

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Spark 249

The impact of instant replay on baseball. Gathering data from a curling broom. Why is wearable tech so ugly? How...

Big Data

"Big Data" is a huge buzzword right now. But how do you explain this technological trend in a way that...

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Autonomous car ethics

Self-driving cars could reduce human errors that cause accidents, but crashes will still happen. Transportation research scientist Noah Goodall discusses...

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Robot code of ethics

Laurel Riek is a roboticist based at Notre Dame University. She discusses the unique ethical challenges around designing robots, and...

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Brad the toaster

What if your toaster gossiped about you behind your back? Interaction designer Simone Rebaudengo imagines a world of "needy" products...

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Uploading your mind

In the new movie, Transcendence, a computer scientist's brain is uploaded to a computer network. Some Artificial Intelligence researchers think...

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Spark 248

Sometimes we rely so much on our computer or our phone, they almost seems like a part of us. In...

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The Last Mile

Kenyatta Leal spent nearly 19 years in San Quentin prison. Along with venture capitalist Chris Redlitz, he's a founding member...

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Securing your smartphone

Canadian security company Symantec ran an experiment to find out what exactly happens to our smartphones when they're lost or...

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Digital Canada 150

Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians without broadband internet service? Or maybe you resent paying for...

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Grow your own ink

French biohacker Thomas Landrain has found a way to grow your own ink with a special pigment-producing bacteria. As long...

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Making change happen

Building "smart cities" requires a lot of technical sophistication, but IBM's Rashik Parmar argues that you can have all the...

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'Mindless' efficiency

Many companies use Computer Business Systems (CBSs) to micromanage the tasks of employees in the name of efficiency. In his...

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Spark 247

A program that helps ex-cons move from lockup to startup. A look at where technology and biology meet, at the...

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