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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

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...

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...

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

Spark Guide to Life: Social Media

7/6/2018
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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

Spark Guide to Life: Canadian Perspectives

6/29/2018
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Die With Me connects people before their phones die. Never mind Netflix, watch this live stream of a rock instead. Short story vending machine lands in Edmonton airport. Restaurants open doors during the day to become coworking spaces.

Duration:00:54:23

403: The wave of media mergers signals a major shift in the TV landscape

6/22/2018
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Wave of media mergers signals major shift in TV landscape. Turning citizen science into a captivating video game. How you use your phone can tell Uber if you're drunk. Being a social media manager can be bad for mental health. How internet access to porn is helping women and sexual minorities in India.

Duration:00:54:23

402: Is there room for philosophy in tech?

6/19/2018
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What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology. From Bible apps to kosher phones, how digital tech is changing religion. What happens to your digital legacy when you die? Why some people are planning on sending their ashes into space.

Duration:00:54:23

402: Is there room for philosophy in tech?

6/15/2018
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What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology. From Bible apps to kosher phones, how digital tech is changing religion. What happens to your digital legacy when you die? Why some people are planning on sending their ashes into space.

Duration:00:54:23