282: dot-internet, dot-ethics, dot-sucks and more04/17/15
Confusing Facebook with the internet, the continuing .sucks controversy, infrared cameras that sense your house is leaking heat, and the tech sector steps in for social justice.
281: Vibrating bikes, drawing data and more
Drawing data, why forums are forever, vibrating bicycles, and the future of haptic design.
280: Beeps, shift swapping, the myth of genius and more
Watch your writing process in instant replay. Does your email address age you? Living in a world of beeps. The perception of genius. Why creativity isn't magic.
279: Unlocking your creativity, arts startups, the future...
David Usher's new book on how to unlock your creativity. What artists can learn from tech startups. When software replaces middle management. The future of online commenting. The end of Page 1 and the changing face of news.
278: Bite-sized books, mapping accessibility, a game that...
Bite-sized books, mapping accessibility, a game that plays itself, developing robots for people with disabilities, and what digital reading and Medieval literature have in common.
277: Digital vellum, reclaiming ephemera, room escape...
Why games are crashing through the screen and into the physical world, looking for the digital elephant that never forgets, reclaiming online ephemera and more.
276: William Gibson, banner ads as art, crowdsourcing...
Sci-fi author William Gibson. An algorithm that knows you better than your friends. Social media without “followers” and “likes.” A museum that follows you around the web. And, a how-to lesson on how-to videos.
275: Smart beds, public light therapy, connected pets and...
A smart bed to help you sleep better, putting light therapy in public spaces, new ways to get rid of waste and raise crops in the city, connecting your pet to the internet, and designing technologies in co-operation with animals.
274: Twitter fiction, designing a grief app, the dangers...
Creative fiction in the digital space. An app that could help teens create a soundtrack for their grief. A reunion party for players of an online game that ended years ago. The dangers of digital metaphor. And, keeping a virtual watch on illegal...
273: School bus wi-fi, Cuba's alternative internet,...
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...
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...
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.
262: Tracking and hacking online marketing. An online...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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....
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.
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