Spark

227: Tasting Data. Smart Cities. Craft and Design. Facts on Fax.

This week on Spark - We find out what data tastes like, take a look at what older technologies have to teach us about our digital age, hear an argument against smart cities, and investigate the surprising resilience of the fax machine! Click here to download the mp3....
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This week on Spark - We find out what data tastes like, take a look at what older technologies have to teach us about our digital age, hear an argument against smart cities, and investigate the surprising resilience of the fax machine!

Click here to download the mp3.

<hr> <br /><font style="FONT-SIZE: 1.25em"><a href="#1" name="1">Against Smart Cities</a><br /></font>Urban systems design expert Adam Greenfield debunks the concept of smart cities.<br /><br /> <!--START Against Smart Cities AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END Against Smart Cities AUDIO --> <br /> <ul> <li><a href="https://speedbird.wordpress.com/about/">Adam Greenfield</a></li> <li>Full Spark interview with <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/spark/blog/2013/10/03/against-the-smart-city/">Adam Greenfield</a></li> <li>Adam's company <a href="http://urbanscale.org/">Urbanscale</a></li> <li>Adam's pamphlet <a href="https://speedbird.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/against-the-smart-city-now-available-for-purchase-in-kindle/">Against the smart city</a></li> </ul> <br /> <hr> <br /><font style="FONT-SIZE: 1.25em"><a href="#2" name="2">Tasting Data</a><br /></font>Spark contributor Alison Broverman finds out what data tastes like at a visit to the BevLab.<br /><br /> <!--START Tasting Data AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END Tasting Data AUDIO --> <br /> <ul> <li>More from Alison on <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/spark/blog/2013/10/02/what-does-data-taste-like/">what data tastes like</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.iandjideations.com/">I and J Ideations</a></li> <li><a href="http://bevlab.iandjideations.com/">BevLab</a></li> </ul> <br /> <hr> <br /><font style="FONT-SIZE: 1.25em"><a href="#3" name="3">We Asked The Question: Built To Last</a><br /></font>Michelle Parise with the Broader Spark Community's answers to the question: What tool or object do you have that may outlive you? <br /><br /> <!--START We Asked The Question: Built To Last AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END We Asked The Question: Built To Last AUDIO --> <br /> <ul> <li>Your comments and <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/spark/help-us-out/2013/09/26/breaking-badtechnology/"> photos of tools that are built to last</a></li> <li>Michelle's <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/spark/toolkit/">We Asked the Question</a> archive</li> </ul> <br /> <hr> <br /><font style="FONT-SIZE: 1.25em"><a href="#4" name="4">Physical Craft and Digi Design</a><br /></font>Woodworking plane designer Konrad Sauer thinks digital designers can learn a lot from the principles of physical craftsmanship.<br /><br /> <!--START Physical Craft and Digi Design AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END Physical Craft and Digi Design AUDIO --> <br /> <ul> <li><a href="http://sauerandsteiner.blogspot.ca/">Konrad Sauer</a></li> <li>Have a look at <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/spark/blog/2013/10/02/in-plane-sight/">photos of Konrad's planes</a></li> </ul> <br /> <hr> <br /><font style="FONT-SIZE: 1.25em"><a href="#5" name="5">Faxing Security</a><br /></font>Technology historian Jonathan Coopersmith on the surprising resilience of the fax machine.<br /><br /> <!--START Faxing Security AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END Faxing Security AUDIO --> <br /> <ul> <li><a href="http://history.tamu.edu/faculty/coopersmith.shtml">Jonathan Coopersmith</a></li> </ul> <br /> <hr> <br /><font style="FONT-SIZE: 1.25em"><a href="#6" name="6">The Post-photographic Age</a><br /></font>Robert Burley on his photo project that looks at the photo industry as it transitioned from analog to digital.<br /><br /> <!--START The Post-photographic Age AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END The Post-photographic Age AUDIO --> <br /> <ul> <li><a href="http://darkness.robertburley.com/">Robert Burley</a></li> <li>Robert's exhibit at the <a href="http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/exhibitions/upcoming/details/robert-burley-disappearance-of-darkness-5324">National Gallery of Canada</a></li> </ul> <br /> <hr>

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