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Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.
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Toronto, ON

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Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

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@sparkcbc

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English

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CBC Radio: Spark P.O. Box 500, Stn. “A” Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6 416-205-7021


Episodes

414: Smart cities, serendipitous discovery, whale songs, and more.

11/16/2018
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---------- Last year, Toronto introduced plans for a smart neighbourhood at the waterfront. The plan is to make city living "smarter", but it's also raised questions about data privacy, public space, and the relationship between governments and private companies. Nasma Ahmed weighs in on these issues. She's the founding director of the Digital Justice Lab and is among a new group of community activists in Toronto pushing for youth to practice and learn about their digital rights. ----------...

Duration:00:54:43

413: The future of car ownership, a piano for everyone, and the decline of internet freedom

11/9/2018
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Human-rights organization Freedom House releases their annual Freedom on the Net report. Research Director Adrian Shahbaz explains how fake news, repeals of net neutrality, and reduced privacy protection have weakened the openness of the web -- especially in the United States. ---------- Chris Donahue studies machine learning and music at the University of California in San Diego. He started playing piano when he was a three years old and these days he wanted to find a way to marry his...

Duration:00:54:39

412: Digital redlining, election security, internet controlled humans, and more.

11/2/2018
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Digital redlining is when seemingly neutral algorithms inadvertently make decisions that lead to discrimination. Chris Gilliard teaches at Macomb Community College in Dearborn Michigan. He's studied digital redlining and uses it as a powerful metaphor to talk about the way class divisions and racial discrimination can be fostered by algorithmic decision making. ---------- It was a Hallowe'en-worthy experiment. On Halloween night Researchers at MIT let the internet and its users "control" an...

Duration:00:54:39

411: Instagram is becoming an advertising giant, the responsibilities of platforms, and 25 years of Wired magazine.

10/26/2018
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This fall saw the quiet departure of the co-creators of Instagram from the Facebook owned company. That's caused some to speculate that it may have something to do with the move towards more advertising. Over the last year more sponsored ads are showing up on Instagram which may not be what the founders were going for when they created the platform. Tech journalist and entrepreneur, Takara Small explains what this shift on Instagram means for the average consumer. ---------- Instagram has...

Duration:00:54:23

410: Music in your DNA, profiting off volunteer work, and the digital divide.

10/19/2018
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Music streaming giants are removing the curator and replacing it with data - and not just any data - your DNA. Spotify and Ancestry are teaming up to provide consumers with playlists curated by a users DNA and ethnic lineage. Deezer researchers used AI to curate playlists based on mood. But critics, like Toronto-based music journalists Eric Zaworski and Sajae Elder, think it might be kind of creepy and an invasion of privacy. ------------/////------------ When you ask Alexa a question,...

Duration:00:54:23

409: AI and creativity, climate change and Fortnite, and a Twitter bot that curates FOI requests.

10/12/2018
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Ross Goodwin took an AI on a trip from New York to New Orleans. Along the way the AI used inputs from a camera, a clock, a GPS, and a microphone to make "observations" and write about the trip. The book and project is called 1 the Road and it's inspired by beat generation author Jack Kerouac's famous book On the Road. ---------- Montreal artist Adam Basanta's All We'd Ever Need is One Another works by getting a computer to randomly generate abstract images. A second computer compares the...

Duration:00:54:23

408: An that sees for you, tech and nature, and more.

10/5/2018
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Saqib Shaikh is a software engineer at Microsoft. He has also been blind since this age of seven, and has long dreamed of technology that could describe the world around him in real time. And now, he's made it. He explains how the Seeing AI voice assistant app describes the world around him. ----------What does a city have to do with obesity? New AI uses satellite imagery and Google Street View to show how urban design and obesity in US cities are related-without looking at a single person....

Duration:00:54:23

407: Trusting our virtual assistants, and opinions on Twitter

9/28/2018
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Our virtual assistants aren't ready to give advice Do you talk to your smart speaker? Heather Suzanne Woods is an assistant professor of rhetoric and technology at Kansas State University. She's studied how humans use language to make sense of technological change and why people seem to have a relationship with their devices. Move over Dr. Google, Dr. Siri will see you now. People are getting used to using conversational agents like Amazon Alexa around the house. But what happens when people...

Duration:00:54:44

406: Technology and Policing Special

9/21/2018
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This week on Spark we're devoting the entire episode to some of the technologies used by law enforcement. Some of the benefits of these tools and how they can improve police work, and also some of their limitations and the issues they raise. Josh Mitchell is a consultant with the security firm, Nuix. He tested five body cameras from five different companies and found that all of those cameras were vulnerable to hacking. Some of those vulnerabilities could allow a hacker to do location...

Duration:00:54:44

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

9/14/2018
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Ear Hustle is a podcast about daily life in San Quentin prison. The term ear hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping. Earlonne Woods is incarcerated in San Quentin and is the co-producer and co-host along with Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteers. They discuss how the podcast, made entirely inside the walls of the prison, builds bridges between the inside and the outside. Everyday seems to bring a new data breach. In his new book, Click Here To Kill Everybody famed cybersecurity expert,...

Duration:00:54:41

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

9/7/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:41

Spark Guide to Life: Google for Education Encore

8/31/2018
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On this special episode of Spark, we're looking at how Google for Education is being used in by students and teachers across Canada.

Duration:00:54:47

Spark Guide to Life: Big Picture Ideas

8/24/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:23

Spark Guide to Life: Jobs Jobs Jobs

8/17/2018
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Time to get rid of the job interview. What romance writers can teach us about the digital economy.

Duration:00:54:23

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

8/10/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:23

Spark Guide to Life: Libraries and Museums

8/3/2018
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New technology allows Holocaust survivors to answer the questions of future generations. Breaking down the walls of the traditional museum. When it comes to books, size matters. Modern libraries innovate to better serve their communities.

Duration:00:54:23

Spark Guide to Life: AI and our Freaky Future

7/27/2018
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Blade Runner and what it means to be human in the age of AI. AI's problem with disability and diversity. Exercise app shows why anonymous data can still be dangerous. Optical illusions for computers. Google's fun 'match your selfie with art' app points to the scary future of facial recognition.

Duration:00:54:23

Spark Guide to Life: Getting Better at Your Online Life

7/22/2018
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Want to look at this guy's website? Go offline. Would you let a robot answer your emails? Notifications stress me out. How I cut them down to improve my well-being. 'Loudly Crying Face': Your cute emojis are spoiling social media for blind users. Is podcast listening good for you?

Duration:00:54:23

Spark Guide to Life: Protecting Yourself in the Digital World

7/13/2018
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Your photos can be used in 'catfishing' romance scams. The real cost of our love of tech: the environment. Do you really "own" your smart devices? When moral outrage goes viral.

Duration:00:54:23

Spark Guide to Life: Social Media

7/8/2018
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If you're worried your social life is less exciting than others', it's not. Twitter isn't the voice of the people, and media shouldn't pretend it is. Your data plays a vital role in academic research. Social media beyond the numbers. How does your social media use stack up against other Canadians?

Duration:00:54:23