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'Ear Hustle' brings life inside -- to the outside

Stories of life inside San Quentin from the prisoners themselves.

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'Ear Hustle' brings stories of life inside San Quentin to the outside, the rise of "anti-notifications", and more.

Internet plus: Now everything can be hacked!

Everything is vulnerable when everything is a computer

Why notifications are telling you what other people are doing

The rise of so-called "anti-notifications" may actually cause us to ignore our phones

On next week's episode: For better or worse, how police use tech

A preview of next week's special episode on technology in law enforcement.

Ride-sharing was supposed to make traffic better. It's making it worse

Uber, Lyft and similar ride-hailing services are taking riders away from public transit, says one transportation consultant.

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Besides making it super-easy to get a ride somewhere, one of the great promises of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft was that they would reduce congestion on city streets. Unfortunately, the opposite has happened—and dramatically so. Also, the value of video-game emulators, the call for ethical computer engineering standards, and a new app that aims to use AI to help improve parenting.

Using deep learning to forge a deeper relationship with your children

A new AI-based app aims to empower parents and kids

Why computer science students are demanding more ethics classes

Software engineers should have the same ethical standards as other engineers.

Why piracy is the best way to archive old-school video games

Emulators allow people to perverse old video games. So why are companies suing the sites that make emulation possible?

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

60 million students and teachers around the world are using Google for Education products. Parents are raising concerns about what data Google might be collecting from their kids, and some are critical of a lack of options should they choose not to use them.

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

Reimagining the university for the 21st century

The industrial age model just doesn't work anymore.

Spark Guide to Life: Big Picture Ideas

Reimagining the university for the 21st century. The future of trades in a changing world. Mapping the sounds of protest. How machines, platforms and the crowd are rearranging the world.

The future of trades in a changing world

With increased automation, the need for skilled tradespeople is growing

Mapping the sounds of protest

An interactive sonic map lets you hear dissent around the world

How machines, platforms and the crowd are rearranging the world

Andrew McAfee explains the big changes organizations need to make to survive and thrive in this new world.

What romance writers can teach us about the digital economy

Many creative industries have been decimated by the economics of digital. Not so for romance writers, whose average incomes have actually increased threefold.

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Time to get rid of the job interview. What romance writers can teach us about the digital economy.

Time to get rid of the job interview

Two experts on the top reasons why job interviews are useless and not a great predictor of future performance.

We need a survival guide for thinking because we're bad at it

Alan Jacobs takes a thoughtful approach to thinking in his book How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds.

Spark Guide to Life: Being a Better Human in A Digital World

We need a survival guide for thinking because we're bad at it. What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology. Online is the loneliest number.

What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology

Philosophy professor Shannon Vallor argues that to deal with the relentless pace of technological change, we should take inspiration from traditional virtue ethics.

Online is the loneliest number

The Loneliness Project gets people to share stories about loneliness online.

When it comes to books, size matters

Storage space solution uses size, not subject to organize collection.