273: School bus wi-fi, Cuba's alternative internet,...01/23/15
Cuba's underground alternative to the internet. If the kids don't have wi-fi, the school bus will it bring it to them. An app that lets you lend your eyes to the blind. The hidden social reality behind social media. How your smartphone could help...
272: Your home is always listening, criminal robots, the internet of...
Can an A.I program be a criminal? Social media likes and kids' sense of self. Posting kids' photos without their permission. Gadgets in the home that are always listening. The internet of emotional things. Getting closer to a universal translator.
271: Life-changing passwords, hilarious bots, connected toothbrushes...
How changing your password can change your life, why our brains respond to positive affirmations, posting photos of kids online, oddities from this year's Consumer Electronics Show, hilarious bots and how algorithms create a black box society.
270: 3D printing your memories, a call for less commenting and more...
This time on Spark, the hidden assumptions and secret biases of the technologies we use every day. From the trouble with so much commenting and so little reading online, to when good algorithms go bad! And more.
269: Turning prisoners into programmers, fighting unfair parking...
This time on Spark, the art of the workaround. We build systems and technologies for a reason. But sometimes they can get in the way. When is it time to use innovative thinking to work around the system?
268: Rewiring our senses
Imagine if you could see with your tongue. Or hear colours. Or smell what time it is. This week, exploring new ways of using technology to re-wire our senses and getting closer to understanding a sixth sense, and a seventh sense, and beyond!
267: Slow video games, retroactive advertising, gaming the classroom...
This time on Spark, new ways of educating, playing, and listening. School standbys get a digital update, Germany's audiobook craze, slowing video games down, and putting new products in old videos.
266: A bus that comes to you. Code and beauty. The many faces of...
Cracking the code of beauty and the beauty of code. Inside the many faces of online hacktivists Anonymous. A bus that comes to you. A tablet and pen that can sense what you want to use them for. And, balloon-based communication.
265: Hooked on social media. Hacking the mail. A CD that can't play. A...
Hooked on social media. Hacking the mail. A CD that can't play. A brief history of time travel. Cyber attacks on human rights groups.
264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age.
A look at the push and pull of truth, rumour, misattribution, and the way news stories and art change and morph on the internet as they become viral.
263: Gambling and addiction by design. Manipulative software. The...
The siren song of software design - is it luring us into being compulsive with our tech? Plus, a look at remote but collaborative work, and the case for do-it-yourself (rather than off-the-shelf) wearable tech.
262: Tracking and hacking online marketing. An online country club....
From tablets for people with autism, to the invention of radio -- the surprising, serendipitous path of innovation. Plus, ever wonder who knows what about you when you go online? We'll look at tracking and hacking online marketing.
261: The human consequence of automation. Anatomy of a viral...
A look at automation and human autonomy. Remote repossession if you make a late car payment. The case for kill switches for military weaponry. And, when social activism goes viral.
260: Cassette comeback. The future of music. Hacking maternal health....
This time on Spark, find out why some people still love the cassette. What U2's deal with Apple says about the future of the music industry. Hacking maternal health. The coming revolution in search. And how your smartphone can tell if you're depressed.
259: Algorithm awareness. Mindful multitasking. Going on a data safari....
This time on Spark, the pros and perils of life by the numbers. From the hunt for dusty tomes of faraway data...to what your social media feed is hiding from you...to how mindfulness can improve your focus and help manage our multi-tasking world.
258: Notification vacation. Procrastination and reminders. Digital...
Take a notification vacation. Why digital reminders might lead to procrastination. Unplugging for a year. And contemplating technology's role in the end of absence.
257: The organized mind. Designing lunch. Unlimited vacation....
Spark Season 8 begins with a look at how we can be more effective. Redesigning the school cafeteria, thinking twice about dashing off so many emails and texts, having an unlimited vacation policy at work, and ways to build an organized mind.
256: Elder tech. Social media microbes. Interactive cities. Easy...
Helping seniors integrate ever-changing technology into their lives. A smartphone microscope. Designing interactive cities. Easy electronics. And getting retro with wearable tech.
255: Headphones versus worksongs. The People's Platform. The future of...
In the age of headphones and mp3s, is singing together at work a thing of the past? Plus, out-of-the-box-office thinking by the big Hollywood studios. And balancing fans' desire to share content online with the content owners' desire to get paid.
254 (correct version): The 100 year photo. The networked city....
A camera that takes 100 years to take a photo. Designing a networked city. Making accessible entertainment through described video. And, what happens when tech can tell how we're feeling?
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