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Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.
||CleanSpark 431: The quest for immortality, designing for seniors, Google gets into the gaming game, your genome and privacy||The quest for immortality through extreme fasting and radical life extension. Designing tech for the older crowd. Google's new streaming service aims to be Netflix for gaming. Your genome could be a privacy nightmare.||3/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 430: Surveilling strangers, social media data can set insurance rates, Girl Guides and Scouts now earn STEM badges, online habits of people in the developing world||The ethics of posting photos of strangers online. How social media data could be used to set your insurance rates. The Girl Scouts introduce a 'cybersecurity' badge. New research shows online habits of people in the developing world aren't that differen||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 429: Designing a safer YouTube, self-harm on social media, an embroidered computer and how to embrace your 'inner elder' at work||From the so-called Momo Challenge to secret, illegal content exchanged in comments, YouTube is facing huge challenges in moderating its content. If we could redesign it, how could it be safer? Earlier this year, Facebook and Instagram announced they wou||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 428: A special look at some surprising, and scary, uses for Artificial Intelligence.||Algorithms that set the price of things online are becoming more common. But what happens if those price-setting algorithms get together? Collusion. Beer-makers around the world are now using machine learning to optimise beer recipes. New approaches to||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 427: Robot reporters, menstruation emoji and security in a 5G world||Chinese tech giant could be a 5G security threat: There's a push in Canada and internationally to upgrade our cellular networks to 5G. But there are also potential security concerns about the leading provider of that technology: Chinese tech giant, Huaw||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 426: Memes grown up, Man vs AI debate, robot decisions, hanging on the landline, and the case for paper maps||Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress, uses memes with panache, and is even teaching her fellow Democratic representatives how to properly use social media. So are memes now a serious part of the public discourse? K||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 425: A special look at the mobile phone||This week on Spark, a special look at the mobile phone: no other technology has so dramatically changed the way people all over the world interact with each other. And it's all happened so fast-a lot of it within the lifetime of Spark as a show. We are||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 424: Pop-up office cubicles that reflect your personality, real-time political fact checking, blogging makes a comeback, cowboy drones and decluttering your digital life, 'Marie Kondo' style||A Duke University team, led by professor and Politifact founder Bill Adair, is developing a product that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. When||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 423: Facebook petitions, WhatsApp and the spread of misinformation, designing the modern airport, and the lives of digisexuals.||A look at how more and more people are identifying as "digisexuals," a new term describing those whose primary sexual identity comes through the use of technology. Whether bright and modernist, or dark and brutalist, one problem all airport designers co||1/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 422: Instagram egg, queer video games, inbox infinity, airline ticketing, and counterfactual explantions||What Instagram's world record egg says about us: Chris Stokel-Walker says the success of the Instagram egg is a rare victory in a world where most viral campaigns on social media are now paid for. Adrienne Shaw is part of the team behind "The Rainbow A||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark 421: Tumblr adult-content ban and LGBTQ youth, dark patterns and airline seating algorithms, e-scooter abuse and the history of the smart home||Today's internet-connected smart home gadgets actually have a long history, going back way further than The Jetsons' space age dream home. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer specializing in the Internet of Things. In her new book, sh||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean420: Health Tech Special||It's a new year and a new chance to get healthy. This week on Spark, a health tech show to help you out. How data-driven personalization is changing how people manage their own health. ----- We asked listeners about their experiences using tools that tr||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpark Prison Special: Tech Innovation and San Quentin State Prison||Ear Hustle is a podcast about daily life in San Quentin State Prison. The term ear hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping. Earlonne Woods, who was incarcerated for 21 years, is the co-producer and co-host along with Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteer||12/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean419: New tech in museum, and learning from sci-fi movies||This week a look at some of the innovative approaches Canadian museums and galleries are taking to incorporate digital technology into their physical spaces. We explore the approaches of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario Science Centre in Toron||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean418: Deciphering ancient text, finding birds on Street View, and more.||On social media, finding out who exactly who is responsible for targeted ads for political causes, parties, or social movements isn't easy. Jeremy Merrill is one of the people behind Propublica's Political Ad Collector. Jeremy and his colleagues at Prop||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean417: Getting ready for smart cities, Google's return to china, and more.||Google has come under fire for exploring the idea of bringing a version of it search engine back to China. This has led some Google employees to condemn the company for considering the idea. We asked Scott Romaniuk of the University of Alberta's China I||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean416: Questions about an app to screen babysitters, making space for non-white people in tech, hiring your own boss, and people in Sweden putting microchips in their hands.||A startup called Predictim wants to use AI to help parents and guardians find the best babysitter. With the potential caregivers' consent, the company analyzes social media files to deliver a risk assessment. But does this actually work? And what are th||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean415: The sounds of old tech, crying on Instagram, laser shoes and more.||Conserve The Sound preserves the sound: Daniel Chun and Jan Derksen run a film design and communication firm, based in Germany. But they're also interested in preserving vanishing and endangered sounds. They created Conserve the Sound, an online museum||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean414: Smart cities, serendipitous discovery, whale songs, and more.||---------- 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||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean413: The future of car ownership, a piano for everyone, and the decline of internet freedom||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 -- especial||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean412: Digital redlining, election security, internet controlled humans, and more.||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 t||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean411: Instagram is becoming an advertising giant, the responsibilities of platforms, and 25 years of Wired magazine.||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||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean410: Music in your DNA, profiting off volunteer work, and the digital divide.||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||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean409: AI and creativity, climate change and Fortnite, and a Twitter bot that curates FOI requests.||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||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean408: An that sees for you, tech and nature, and more.||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 assist||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean407: Trusting our virtual assistants, and opinions on Twitter||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 technolog||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Nora is the Bomb
I <3 Spark.This is a nice way to keep up with tech and trends in electronic media. So good to say she makes my day.
The writing is excellent
Nora is a great writer and the content is consistently very good.
Interesting stories that aren't about new gadgets
I love this podcast. I'm sick of tech podcasts that only talk about Apple, AI, or the newest phone. This is planet money for the future, with more resolutions but plenty to think about.