Sparkwith Nora Young
In 300 metres, turn left: a digital history of maps
In honour of the 15th anniversary of Google Maps, we explore all the ways we have learned to navigate the world by sight, smell and sound.
Truth decay: How digital technologies are helping shatter our shared sense of reality
Polarization and filter bubbles are destroying our shared sense of reality. Does this mean society is headed toward a state of psychosis?
Suggestions, subscriptions and no sense of community: Streaming is changing the way we watch TV
Who will be the winners and losers in the competitive streaming video market? And what can we, the consumers, make of all this dizzying choice?
How streaming sites like Netflix are taking design cues from the porn industry to keep people watching
Recommended videos and animated thumbnails are all designed to offer viewers "satisfaction through abundance." But before they appeared on sites like Netflix or Amazon Prime, they were already common on porn sites.
How urban design can help make winters less miserable
Season-conscious mindset and urban design can help us embrace winter instead of avoiding it.
It's dark when I wake up. It's dark when I leave work. In winter, there is no sun here
Social media is a flurry of #wintermagic photos this time of year, but Spark senior producer Michelle Parise isn't having it.
Winter is a fact of Canadian life. So I make the most of it
Winter is part of our natural environment. Spark producer Adam Killick says we should get out and enjoy it.
Apps make it easier for couples to separate, but family law experts say communication is still key
Online tools for divorce and co-parenting aim to keep the process amicable and inexpensive. These digital resources are part of a broader move to open up divorce to less adversarial conflict resolution methods like mediation, coaching and collaborative law.
'This century is crucial': Why the U.K.'s astronomer royal says humanity is at a critical crossroads
This week on Spark, we speak with Martin Rees, the U.K.’s astronomer royal and author of On The Future: Prospects for Humanity, about the challenges humanity will face in the future, and how we might harness technology to tackle them.
CRTC head talks wireless plans, phishing scams and the future of streaming in Canada
With phone scams on the rise and a plethora of streaming services flooding the market, how well are we prepared for the 2020s? Spark host Nora Young talks to CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott.
How making AI do goofy things exposes its limitations
In her book, "You Look Like a Thing and I Love You," Janelle Shane poses the pitfalls of AI dependence
Musician-turned-researcher David Usher is exploring the human side of artificial intelligence
An AI project from a Montreal-based creative studio is aiming to connect with humans beyond simple information retrieval.
The Spark guide to rest and relaxation
Put some cozy socks on, set your phone notifications on silent, and kick back, as we revisit conversations with people who've dedicated their research to helping us rest, recharge and return to nature.
From racial profiling to #BlackLivesMatter: Technology, oppression and expression
One of the original uses of networking tech were attempts at racial profiling and predictive policing, author Charlton McIlwain says.
Move over, Silicon Valley — the new centres of innovation are in Africa, says author
The innovators creating the technologies of the future aren’t coming out of the wealthy campuses of Silicon Valley, but instead from the developing nations of Africa, Latin America and Asia, says author Ramesh Srinivasan.
How can we find solitude in a world that runs at the speed of a smartphone?
Why this woman's family abstains from technology 1 day a week
In an effort to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect more meaningfully, Tiffany Shlain's family adopted a technology Shabbat: one day of the week, they turn off their screens to spend face-to-face time with one another, to cook, or to simply do nothing at all.
3 experts on failure explain what we can learn from our mistakes
Failure is having a moment in the tech industry. What can that teach us about our limitations and how we measure success?
Technology and unintended consequences
We're not very good at predicting the potential side effects of our tech
When information is freely available online, learning institutions are forced to change
The internet offers a huge amount of information, usually for free. So how has that affected the institutions we have traditionally learned from: our schools, colleges, and universities?
Disabled people want disability design—not disability dongles
People with disabilities want to be participants in design, not recipients of design
The case against predictability
Everything we do is analyzed, measured, and quantified to create a model of us online, which then tries to influence our behavour. But how accurate is our quantified self?
People rely on devices to store information, but that's not a bad thing, researchers say
With smartphones and automated technologies taking care of our information for us, the means to store information outside of our brains is endless. But does this “information offloading” have an impact on the brain’s memory function?
How smart home tech could perpetuate discrimination and racial profiling
Amazon and Google have made a hard push into the home security market, but civilian surveillance could have real impacts on privacy and racial profiling.
From lab-grown meat to molecular coffee: How tech is disrupting the food industry
With plant-based burgers, bean-free coffee and the proliferation of insect farms, experts say alternative foods are on the verge of upending the traditional agriculture and livestock industries.