June 2014

Glitch art

A short introduction to glitch art, as featured on Spark 226, from September 2013....

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Tasting data

A look at what data tastes like, as featured on Spark 227, from October, 2013....

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Robot hairstyles

Robots, hairstyles, and gender biases, as featured on Spark 230, from November 2013....

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Looks Like Music

How do you make music if you can't read musical notation? With the help of robots. As featured in Spark...

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Daily rituals

Tips for encouraging creativity, as featured in Spark 236, from January 2014....

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Spark in the summer

The final episode of Spark's seventh season aired the last week of June. Thanks for being part of Spark this...

Elder tech

Our society is getting older fast and dealing with growing rates of dementia. Researchers and industry are turning their attention...

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Social media microbes

Nick Bratt created a pocket microscope called The MicrobeScope that uses your smartphone as the display screen because he wants...

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Interactive cities

Daan Roosegaarde is ​one of the leading designers​ envisioning the networked cities of the future, from roads that tell you...

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Easy electronics

What if building your own electronics was as easy as playing with Lego? Well, there's a new kind of kit...

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Retro wearables

Thad Starner is a computer scientist and technical lead on Google Glass. He also started wearing a custom-designed computer way...

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Spark 256

Helping seniors integrate technology into their lives. A smartphone microscope. Designing interactive cities. Easy electronics. And getting retro with wearable...

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The People's Platform

In her book The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, Astra Taylor argues that the...

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Film in the Future

The internet has had a huge impact on all forms of mass media, but what shape will this disruption take...

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Fan-uploaded content

Lewis Ball of BroadbandTV thinks that when fans share their favourite TV and movie clips online it should be seen...

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Work songs

Music historian Ted Gioia, and Spark listener Gregory Frankland, who works on a vineyard, discuss the value of listening to...

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Spark 255

Reclaiming the work song - in the age of headphones and mp3s, is singing together at work a thing of...

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100-year photo

Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats wants to create a 100-year-in-the-making photo of Berlin, using pinhole cameras and slow exposure in order...

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The networked city

Keiichi Matsuda is a London-based designer and filmmaker who has done a lot of thinking about how we can use...

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Described video

Kevin Shaw is blind, and fed up with watching poorly described movies and TV, he decided to create Zagga, a...

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Emotional tech

Innovations like facial recognition or biometric sensors promise a world of 'emotion-sensing tech' that knows how you feel. It can...

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Spark 254

A camera that takes 100 years to take a photo. Designing a networked city. Making accessible entertainment through described video....

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Are we taking A.I seriously enough?

Alongside Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell has issued a stark warning -- we are developing A.I at a rapid pace and...

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20 Day Stranger

Kevin Slavin and his colleagues at the MIT Media Lab have created 20 Day Stranger, a mobile app that (as...

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Classcraft

Quebec teacher Shawn Young, has created Classcraft, a role-playing game for his high school physics classroom in order to engage...

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Digital D-Day

High school history and computer science educators have joined forces to create the Juno Beach Project, an app that teachers...

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Beyond the MOOC hype

MOOCs -massive open online courses- are mostly used by people who already have formal education, but Jeff Young says this...

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Spark 253

A look at how innovation in education is motivating students - from history and computer science students joining forces to...

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