Spark

 
 

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.

Updated: Fridays
Download episodes from this podcast for: 6 months
Visit Show Site: http://www.cbc.ca/spark

Subscribe:

Featured Podcast

Trump! Trudeau! Trade!

Who is doing a better job on trade - Trump or Trudeau?

To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Trump! Trudeau! Trade!
[mp3 file: runs 01:53:23]

Featured Podcast

Take the survey

Want to help improve CBC Podcasts? Take the survey.

To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Take the survey
[mp3 file: runs00:00:00]

Featured Podcast

Kim Thúy on Montreal

The award-winning novelist has called the city home since leaving communist Vietnam by boat.

To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Kim Thúy on Montreal
[mp3 file: runs00:32:36]

Featured Podcast

Young and Indigenous in the city

Millennials discuss how they are combining urban and Indigenous cultures.

To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Young and Indigenous in the city
[mp3 file: runs00:27:30]

All podcast episodes

Use the links below to download a file.

Spark Guide to Life: Social Media

If you're worried your social life is less exciting than others', it's not. Twitter isn't the voice of the people, and media shouldn't pretend it is. Your data plays a vital role in academic research. Social media beyond the numbers. How does your social media use stack up against other Canadians?

Download Spark Guide to Life: Social Media
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:23]


Spark Guide to Life: Canadian Perspectives

Die With Me connects people before their phones die. Never mind Netflix, watch this live stream of a rock instead. Short story vending machine lands in Edmonton airport. Restaurants open doors during the day to become coworking spaces.

Download Spark Guide to Life: Canadian Perspectives
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:24]


403: The wave of media mergers signals a major shift in the TV landscape

Wave of media mergers signals major shift in TV landscape. Turning citizen science into a captivating video game. How you use your phone can tell Uber if you're drunk. Being a social media manager can be bad for mental health. How internet access to porn is helping women and sexual minorities in India.

Download 403: The wave of media mergers signals a major shift in the TV landscape
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:24]


402: Is there room for philosophy in tech?

What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology. From Bible apps to kosher phones, how digital tech is changing religion. What happens to your digital legacy when you die? Why some people are planning on sending their ashes into space.

Download 402: Is there room for philosophy in tech?
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:24]


401: As Google for Education tools enter classrooms across Canada, some parents are asking to opt-out

On this special episode of Spark, we're looking at how Google for Education is being used in by students and teachers across Canada.

Download 401: As Google for Education tools enter classrooms across Canada, some parents are asking to opt-out
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:35]


400: From QR codes to Facebook's early days

Looking back at the stories Spark has covered over 400 episodes. FBI warns of malware on routers. Designing new rituals. Liberating our attention.

Download 400: From QR codes to Facebook's early days
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:35]


399: Monopolies have been broken up before. Is it time to do the same with Facebook?

Do giant tech companies like Facebook need to be broken up? Why mission statements actually matter. Vast majority of twitter users retweet rumours without question. Why the "information age" is now the "reputation age". Science weighs in on how to end a sentence. The surprising carbon footprint of a Google search.

Download 399: Monopolies have been broken up before. Is it time to do the same with Facebook?
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


398: It's getting harder to tell the difference between Google's AI and a real human... and that's a problem

Why AI needs to identify itself. CGI celebrities are courting followers—and controversy. Breaking down the walls of the traditional museum. New technology allows Holocaust survivors to answer the questions of future generations.

Download 398: It's getting harder to tell the difference between Google's AI and a real human... and that's a problem
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


397: How Europe's tough new data protection rules affect Canadians

An FAQ on the GDPR. Putting down your phone could make you less bored. Wearable tech that puts self-expression first. The end of passwords. Millennials are really into online astrology.

Download 397: How Europe's tough new data protection rules affect Canadians
[mp3 file: runs 00:55:11]


396: New book exposes "technochauvinism"

"Artificial Unintelligence" argues that new tech doesn't always mean good tech. 'Golden State Killer' arrest highlights the risks of public DNA databases. Workers in the developing world screen graphic content for Facebook and Google.

Download 396: New book exposes "technochauvinism"
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:35]


395: "Skyknit" AI creates its own hilarious knitting patterns

An AI learning to knit. Cryptocurrency for kids. Bots fighting traffic tickets. Doc directors make AI.

Download 395: "Skyknit" AI creates its own hilarious knitting patterns
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:39]


394: Thousands of apps are illegally collecting data about kids

Apps directed at kids are violating US children's privacy laws. Your data plays a vital role in research. Loreena McKennitt is leaving Facebook. Uber and others are bringing 'dockless' bike sharing to North America.

Download 394: Thousands of apps are illegally collecting data about kids
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:48]


393: The internet has turned into a giant mall.

Checking the health of the internet. Lying to Facebook could protect your data. Will Chinese "super apps" succeed in the West? How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse".

Download 393: The internet has turned into a giant mall.
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


392: Facial recognition technology is tracking billions in China. Could it happen here?

Twitter isn't the voice of the people. HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer. Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations. The surveillance potential of facial recognition.

Download 392: Facial recognition technology is tracking billions in China. Could it happen here?
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:41]


Episode 391: The hidden history of the women who built the computer age

Programs with empathy. A new old computer. When women dominated coding.

Download Episode 391: The hidden history of the women who built the computer age
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:41]


Episode 390: The latest Facebook scandal is no surprise.

And then there were 5 Gs. How musicians can thrive in the streaming era. Zeynep Tufekci on why the latest Facebook scandal is no suprise. 'Energy poverty' is expanding the digital divide.

Download Episode 390: The latest Facebook scandal is no surprise.
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:41]


389: Wikipedia's protectors, contextual zoning, digital phenotyping and more

The Unsung Heroes Protecting Wikipedia. Environmental design for productivity. How Apple's new "spaceship" campus may cause concussions. How you use your smartphone might also reveal whether you're depressed. New technology aims to copy human skin.

Download 389: Wikipedia's protectors, contextual zoning, digital phenotyping and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:41]


388: Pokemon Go for ecologists, fake videos, and more.

How Canadians' social media use stacks up. Scrubbing social media of metrics. Fake videos are getting better and easier to make. A tool to read privacy policies for you. Using Pokemon Go to help real animals.

Download 388: Pokemon Go for ecologists, fake videos, and more.
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:41]


387: Casual games, loot boxes, and more

Are video game loot crates gambling? Canadian developers release video game sequel. A new tool to report workplace harassment. How gig economy workers are at risk online. A challenger to Instagram.

Download 387: Casual games, loot boxes, and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


Spark 386: Attention residue, new design ethics, and more

The dangers of "attention residue," the call for a new ethics of design, the ethics of driverless cars, the rise of "griefbots."

Download Spark 386: Attention residue, new design ethics, and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


385: Online dating, genetic data and more

Selling your genetic data. Definitely not how Bitcoin works. Tracking caribou with new tech. Is online dating changing... dating? How people in long distance relationships use tech.

Download 385: Online dating, genetic data and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


384: Companies can't share data, encrypted photo storage, and more

Companies that have our data don't know how to share it with us. A camera app that makes your photos secure on the cloud. What romance writers can teach us about the digital economy.

Download 384: Companies can't share data, encrypted photo storage, and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


383: Dangerous data, Libraries and more

Strava's heat maps show how dangerous data can be. A smart speaker that puts privacy first. A chat room where people mostly say goodbye. Libraries changing role in the time of the internet.

Download 383: Dangerous data, Libraries and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


382: You're a work of art, darling! and popping the cryptocurrency bubble

The future of facial recognition in Google's art app. Narcissism on social media. What are cryptocurrencies really worth?

Download 382: You're a work of art, darling! and popping the cryptocurrency bubble
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


381: The bad design behind Hawaii's missile scare, internet freedom in Iran and more

Using design to prevent another missile scare. Too many emojis ruin Twitter for blind people. Canadian app is helping Iranians stay online. Mobile game show is attracting a huge audience. Household robots are still mostly useless.

Download 381: The bad design behind Hawaii's missile scare, internet freedom in Iran and more
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]


380: Phantom traffic jams, catfishing scams and smart speakers

A solution for mysterious traffic jams. A machine that dispenses short stories for travellers. How smart speakers like the Amazon Echo are used by blind people. A professor who had his pictures used in catfishing scams.

Download 380: Phantom traffic jams, catfishing scams and smart speakers
[mp3 file: runs 00:54:42]