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Spark 431: The quest for immortality, designing for seniors, Google gets into the gaming game, your genome and privacy

54:50 | Mar 22nd

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.

Spark 430

54:50 | Mar 15th

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 diffe...Show More

Spark 429

54:50 | Mar 8th

Designing a safer YouTube, self-harm on social media, an embroidered computer and how to embrace your 'inner elder' at work.

Spark 428

54:49 | Mar 1st

A special look at some surprising - and pretty scary - uses for Artificial Intelligence.

Spark 427: Robot reporters, menstruation emoji and security in a 5G world

54:50 | Feb 22nd

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, H...Show More

Spark 426: Memes grown up, Man vs AI debate, robot decisions, hanging on the landline, and the case for paper maps

54:44 | Feb 15th

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...Show More

Spark 425: The history of the future of cell phones

54:44 | Feb 7th

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 ...Show More

Spark 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

54:36 | Feb 1st

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. W...Show More

Spark 423: Facebook petitions, WhatsApp and the spread of misinformation, designing the modern airport, and the lives of digisexuals.

54:36 | Jan 25th

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...Show More

Spark 422: Instagram egg, queer video games, inbox infinity, airline ticketing, and counterfactual explantions

54:46 | Jan 18th

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 Rainbo...Show More

Spark 421: Tumblr adult-content ban and LGBTQ youth, dark patterns and airline seating algorithms, e-scooter abuse and the history of the smart home

54:45 | Jan 11th

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,...Show More

420: Health Tech Special

54:45 | Jan 4th

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...Show More

Spark Prison Special: Tech Innovation and San Quentin State Prison

54:26 | Dec 28th, 2018

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 volunt...Show More

419: New tech in museum, and learning from sci-fi movies

54:26 | Dec 21st, 2018

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 To...Show More

418: Deciphering ancient text, finding birds on Street View, and more.

54:26 | Dec 14th, 2018

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 P...Show More

417: Getting ready for smart cities, Google's return to china, and more.

54:26 | Dec 7th, 2018

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 Chin...Show More

416: 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.

54:26 | Nov 30th, 2018

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...Show More

415: The sounds of old tech, crying on Instagram, laser shoes and more.

54:26 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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 muse...Show More

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

54:44 | Nov 16th, 2018

---------- 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 priva...Show More

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

54:40 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 -- espec...Show More

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

54:39 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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 metapho...Show More

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

54:24 | Oct 26th, 2018

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 show...Show More

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

54:24 | Oct 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More

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

54:24 | Oct 12th, 2018

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 inspi...Show More

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

54:24 | Oct 5th, 2018

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 ass...Show More

407: Trusting our virtual assistants, and opinions on Twitter

54:45 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 techno...Show More

406: Technology and Policing Special

54:45 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 M...Show More

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

54:41 | Sep 14th, 2018

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. T...Show More

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

54:41 | Sep 7th, 2018

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, th...Show More

Spark Guide to Life: Google for Education Encore

54:48 | Aug 31st, 2018

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

Spark Guide to Life: Big Picture Ideas

54:23 | Aug 24th, 2018

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.

Spark Guide to Life: Jobs Jobs Jobs

54:24 | Aug 17th, 2018

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

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

54:23 | Aug 10th, 2018

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.

Spark Guide to Life: Libraries and Museums

54:48 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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.

Spark Guide to Life: AI and our Freaky Future

54:48 | Jul 27th, 2018

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 poin...Show More

Spark Guide to Life: Getting Better at Your Online Life

54:48 | Jul 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Spark Guide to Life: Protecting Yourself in the Digital World

54:24 | Jul 13th, 2018

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.

Spark Guide to Life: Social Media

54:23 | Jul 8th, 2018

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 so...Show More

Spark Guide to Life: Social Media

54:24 | Jul 6th, 2018

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 so...Show More

Spark Guide to Life: Canadian Perspectives

54:24 | Jun 29th, 2018

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.

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

54:24 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

402: Is there room for philosophy in tech?

54:24 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 in...Show More

401: As Google for Education tools enter classrooms across Canada, some parents are asking to opt-out

54:35 | Jun 8th, 2018

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

400: From QR codes to Facebook's early days

54:35 | Jun 1st, 2018

Looking back at the stories Spark has covered over 400 episodes. FBI warns of malware on routers. Designing new rituals. Liberating our attention.

399: Monopolies have been broken up before. Is it time to do the same with Facebook?

54:42 | May 25th, 2018

Do giant tech companies like Facebook need to be broken up? Why mission statements actually matter. Vast majority of twitter users retweet rumours without question. Why the "information age" is now the "reputation age". Science weighs in on how to en...Show More

398: It's getting harder to tell the difference between Google's AI and a real human... and that's a problem

54:42 | May 18th, 2018

Why AI needs to identify itself. CGI celebrities are courting followers—and controversy. Breaking down the walls of the traditional museum. New technology allows Holocaust survivors to answer the questions of future generations.

397: How Europe's tough new data protection rules affect Canadians

55:11 | May 11th, 2018

An FAQ on the GDPR. Putting down your phone could make you less bored. Wearable tech that puts self-expression first. The end of passwords. Millennials are really into online astrology.

396: New book exposes "technochauvinism"

54:35 | May 4th, 2018

"Artificial Unintelligence" argues that new tech doesn't always mean good tech. 'Golden State Killer' arrest highlights the risks of public DNA databases. Workers in the developing world screen graphic content for Facebook and Google.

395: "Skyknit" AI creates its own hilarious knitting patterns

54:39 | Apr 27th, 2018

An AI learning to knit. Cryptocurrency for kids. Bots fighting traffic tickets. Doc directors make AI.

394: Thousands of apps are illegally collecting data about kids

54:48 | Apr 20th, 2018

Apps directed at kids are violating US children's privacy laws. Your data plays a vital role in research. Loreena McKennitt is leaving Facebook. Uber and others are bringing 'dockless' bike sharing to North America.

393: The internet has turned into a giant mall.

54:42 | Apr 13th, 2018

Checking the health of the internet. Lying to Facebook could protect your data. Will Chinese "super apps" succeed in the West? How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse".

392: Facial recognition technology is tracking billions in China. Could it happen here?

54:41 | Apr 6th, 2018

Twitter isn't the voice of the people. HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer. Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations. The surveillance potential of facial recognition.

Episode 391: The hidden history of the women who built the computer age

54:41 | Mar 29th, 2018

Programs with empathy. A new old computer. When women dominated coding.

Episode 390: The latest Facebook scandal is no surprise.

54:41 | Mar 23rd, 2018

And then there were 5 Gs. How musicians can thrive in the streaming era. Zeynep Tufekci on why the latest Facebook scandal is no suprise. 'Energy poverty' is expanding the digital divide.

389: Wikipedia's protectors, contextual zoning, digital phenotyping and more

54:41 | Mar 16th, 2018

The Unsung Heroes Protecting Wikipedia. Environmental design for productivity. How Apple's new "spaceship" campus may cause concussions. How you use your smartphone might also reveal whether you're depressed. New technology aims to copy human skin.

388: Pokemon Go for ecologists, fake videos, and more.

54:41 | Mar 9th, 2018

How Canadians' social media use stacks up. Scrubbing social media of metrics. Fake videos are getting better and easier to make. A tool to read privacy policies for you. Using Pokemon Go to help real animals.

387: Casual games, loot boxes, and more

54:42 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Are video game loot crates gambling? Canadian developers release video game sequel. A new tool to report workplace harassment. How gig economy workers are at risk online. A challenger to Instagram.

Spark 386: Attention residue, new design ethics, and more

54:42 | Feb 23rd, 2018

The dangers of "attention residue," the call for a new ethics of design, the ethics of driverless cars, the rise of "griefbots."

385: Online dating, genetic data and more

54:42 | Feb 20th, 2018

Selling your genetic data. Definitely not how Bitcoin works. Tracking caribou with new tech. Is online dating changing... dating? How people in long distance relationships use tech.

384: Companies can't share data, encrypted photo storage, and more

54:42 | Feb 9th, 2018

Companies that have our data don't know how to share it with us. A camera app that makes your photos secure on the cloud. What romance writers can teach us about the digital economy.

383: Dangerous data, Libraries and more

54:42 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Strava's heat maps show how dangerous data can be. A smart speaker that puts privacy first. A chat room where people mostly say goodbye. Libraries changing role in the time of the internet.

382: You're a work of art, darling! and popping the cryptocurrency bubble

54:42 | Jan 26th, 2018

The future of facial recognition in Google's art app. Narcissism on social media. What are cryptocurrencies really worth?

381: The bad design behind Hawaii's missile scare, internet freedom in Iran and more

54:42 | Jan 19th, 2018

Using design to prevent another missile scare. Too many emojis ruin Twitter for blind people. Canadian app is helping Iranians stay online. Mobile game show is attracting a huge audience. Household robots are still mostly useless.

380: Phantom traffic jams, catfishing scams and smart speakers

54:42 | Jan 12th, 2018

A solution for mysterious traffic jams. A machine that dispenses short stories for travellers. How smart speakers like the Amazon Echo are used by blind people. A professor who had his pictures used in catfishing scams.

379: Integrated shopping, 3-D printed wifi plastic, and more

54:42 | Jan 5th, 2018

How "intergrated shopping" may change online commerce. Why Thailand, Shanghai, Berlin, and even LA may lure top tech talent over Silicon Valley. Using the blockchain to help disadvantaged prisoners make bail. How a new kind of 3-D printed plastic con...Show More

378: surge toll roads, how to think and more

54:42 | Dec 29th, 2017

A new survival guide for thinking, because we're a lot worse at it than we think. A new study suggests most people think other's social lives are more exciting than their own, even though they're not. A look at the implications of applying surge pric...Show More

377: notification fatigue, seasonal ghost stories and more

54:42 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Early photographers remembered the dead by taking photos with ghosts. Neil Young's archives could signal a shift in the music streaming business. Cutting down on stressful notifications to improve your well being.

376: cryptokitties, coworking, email trackers

54:42 | Dec 15th, 2017

Restaurants open doors during the day to become coworking spaces. Digital kitties make cryptocurrency more accessible. You give away private data just by opening your email.

375: Your apps are watching you, sugarcane jet fuel and more

54:42 | Dec 8th, 2017

Clandestine app trackers. How AI is helping treat people with depression. 3D mapping coral reefs. Sugarcane could be the next jet fuel. Turning air pollution into ink for your pen.

374: Bad bosses, good internet and more

54:42 | Dec 1st, 2017

With Google, Facebook and Apple leading our online experience, is net neutrality really possible? From clothing to bivalves, how entrepreneurs are using Facebook Live to sell. How the ad industry has shifted from tempting you to targeting you.

373: Useless job interviews, vibration passwords and more

54:39 | Nov 24th, 2017

How Google knows exactly where you are, even with location data disabled. Why we should throw the job interview out with the trash. Signals from our vibrating bones could be the next password solution.

372: Your podcast brain, the augmented reality future and more

54:38 | Nov 17th, 2017

This is your brain on podcasts. Designing social media for better mental health. Building AIs that build other AIs. How to prepare for an augmented reality future.

371: Moral outrage goes viral and more

54:38 | Nov 10th, 2017

When moral outrage goes viral. The Bitcoin power drain. Optical Illusions for computers. Building AIs that build other AIs. Releasing new music on floppy disk.

370: Hurricanes and power grids, cellphone privacy and more

54:42 | Nov 4th, 2017

Hurricanes and power grids. Law enforcement and cellphone privacy. Helping humans and computers understand one another.

369: Self-teaching bots, AI copyright, and more

54:42 | Oct 27th, 2017

Robot e-mail answering. AI and intellectual property. Netflix "binge racers". Tech's Frankenstein moment. Unrestricted machine learning.

368: Deadly devices, watching rocks and more

54:42 | Oct 20th, 2017

Trying to track online political advertising. Facebook, politics and foreign influence. Wi-Fi breach. Watching rocks. The cost of designing our devices to die.

367: Loneliness, Algorithms, War and Peace

54:40 | Oct 13th, 2017

The trouble with advertising algorithms. The Loneliness Project. Why you should read War and Peace on your phone.

366: Smelling data, competing for Amazon, and more

54:40 | Oct 6th, 2017

How your PC may be making someone else rich. Getting emotional about online privacy. Blade Runner and what it means to be human in the age of AI. And, cities battle to be home to Amazon's second headquarters

365: Turning the economy upside down, leaking data's smell, surrogate robot students and more

54:37 | Sep 29th, 2017

How machines, platforms and the crowd are changing everything.

The Spark guide to living, part 4: Disability and assistive tech

53:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

The Spark Guide to Living looks at how technology has made living with disability easier and more manageable.

The Spark guide to living, part 8: Loneliness and Technology

53:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

Technology allows us to connect more than ever. So why are so many people lonely?

The Spark guide to living, part 5: Money and tech

53:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

We look at how money and finance is being radically changed by technology

The Spark guide to living, part 9: Artificial Intelligence

53:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

Will we soon welcome our robot overlords? Or is AI much more benign? Spark looks at the state of AI

The Spark guide to living, part 6: Designing your life

53:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

How has technology made living easier? Or has it made life more difficult? The Spark guide to asks how tech helps you design your life.

The Spark guide to living, part 7: The impact of algorithms

53:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

Algorithms govern our search results to what we see on Facebook. We examine the hidden impacts of technology.

The Spark guide to living, part 3: Tech in entertainment

53:59 | Jul 13th, 2017

We look at how technology has disrupted, enhanced, and hindered the entertainment industry.

The Spark guide to living, part 2: music and technology

53:59 | Jul 5th, 2017

A look at how technology is changing music: the way we hear it, stream it, and make it.

Spark Guide to Living Episode 1 - The state of innovation in Canada

53:59 | Jun 30th, 2017

As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, how well are we doing in innovation? Part 1 of our summer series, The Spark Guide to Living

361: Blessing robots, extended minds and more

53:59 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Should social media be public media? A blessing robot that offers hope in seven languages. A robot couples counsellor could save your relationship. Plus, why your phone is really an extension of your mind.

360: language and diversity in the digital age

53:59 | Jun 16th, 2017

Our changing view of the physical book. Linguistic diversity online and how digital tools are helping to reclaim languages at risk. The anti-social media app.

359: machines that smell sickness, sarcastic AI and more

53:59 | Jun 9th, 2017

Crowdsourcing happiness. Sarcastic AI. Protest and technology. Making music with code. Machines that can sniff out disease.

358: moderation, persuasion, attention

53:59 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Facebook's content moderation problem. Apple's lack of daycare. Dumb bots that improve office dynamics. And, online persuasion and the attention economy.

357: audio tattoos, the malware scare and more

53:59 | May 19th, 2017

The future of ransomware. Ads that target your painful past. Tattoos you can listen to. And, has America become anti-innovation?

356: "Can you please unlock your phone, sir?"

54:00 | May 12th, 2017

Why border officials can scour your smartphone. Should robots interview abused children? "Dashing" off donations. Behaviour and digital nudging. Portrayals of motherhood in video games.

355: Down and out in the digital economy

53:59 | May 5th, 2017

The perils of job hunting in a digital age. Why kids should learn to hack. The dangers of "pre-crime" algorithms. Kim Dotcom: the man behind the myth.

354: Social media, social ills

53:59 | Apr 28th, 2017

Facebook, violence and responsibility. An app to bridge the political divide. Designing government data to be engaging. Locked out of your own YouTube account. And, why we need a nature fix.

353: Addiction, failure, psychopaths

53:59 | Apr 21st, 2017

How to identify and curb tech addiction and overuse. Why we should stop scrolling and start connecting. A tour through the Museum of Failure. A tax on robots. And, is Silicon Valley full of psychopaths?

352: Baby boxes, internet health and more

54:33 | Apr 7th, 2017

Internet health. Baby boxes. 808 heartbreak. Frank Lloyd Wright's 3D revival. And, is tech becoming conceptual art?

352: Baby boxes, internet health and more

54:33 | Apr 7th, 2017

Internet health. Baby boxes. 808 heartbreak. Frank Lloyd Wright's 3D revival. And, is tech becoming conceptual art?

351: Search history for sale, bot talk and more

54:32 | Mar 31st, 2017

Search history for sale. Bots that develop their own language. Vision for the legally blind. And, what innovation means in Canada.

351: Search history for sale, bot talk and more

54:32 | Mar 31st, 2017

Search history for sale. Bots that develop their own language. Vision for the legally blind. And, what innovation means in Canada.

350: Disappearing trades, automation and more

54:32 | Mar 24th, 2017

Vanishing skills in our digital society. Why there's still a lively market for feature phones in developing economies. And how the threat of automation and job destruction is overblown.

350: Disappearing trades, automation and more

54:32 | Mar 24th, 2017

Vanishing skills in our digital society. Why there's still a lively market for feature phones in developing economies. And how the threat of automation and job destruction is overblown.

349: Down with self-improvement, sexism and more

54:30 | Mar 17th, 2017

Resisting the self-improvement craze. Data analytics and the restaurant industry. Diplomatic digital relations. Sexism and Silicon Valley.

349: Down with self-improvement, sexism and more

54:30 | Mar 17th, 2017

Resisting the self-improvement craze. Data analytics and the restaurant industry. Diplomatic digital relations. Sexism and Silicon Valley.

348: Everyone's a musician, no one is the boss

54:30 | Mar 10th, 2017

Google's hatred-fighting AI. How assistive tech can sometimes reinforce inequalities. No musical ability, no problem, there's an app for that. A personal assistant that answers exclusively in GIFs. And saying goodbye to the CEO for good.

348: Everyone's a musician, no one is the boss

54:30 | Mar 10th, 2017

Google's hatred-fighting AI. How assistive tech can sometimes reinforce inequalities. No musical ability, no problem, there's an app for that. A personal assistant that answers exclusively in GIFs. And saying goodbye to the CEO for good.

348: Rando reactions, creative data and more

54:30 | Mar 3rd, 2017

The future of streaming, sharing, stealing and entertainment. A record-pressing robot helps bring back vinyl. An argument against Virtual Reality as an empathy tool. And, going random with Facebook reactions.

348: Rando reactions, creative data and more

54:30 | Mar 3rd, 2017

The future of streaming, sharing, stealing and entertainment. A record-pressing robot helps bring back vinyl. An argument against Virtual Reality as an empathy tool. And, going random with Facebook reactions.

313: Virtual reality, actual loneliness and more

54:32 | Feb 24th, 2017

Technology that connects and isolates, the intricacies and unexpected outcomes of robot law, finding high art and compassion in virtual reality, and the "Godmother of VR" on the state of her industry.

313: Virtual reality, actual loneliness and more

54:32 | Feb 24th, 2017

Technology that connects and isolates, the intricacies and unexpected outcomes of robot law, finding high art and compassion in virtual reality, and the "Godmother of VR" on the state of her industry.

346: biometrics, audio intelligence and more

54:34 | Feb 17th, 2017

Privacy implications of data-gathering medical technologies. Crypto parties get a new push thanks to rising data-mining fears. A new car service that connects drivers to riders directly. And, teaching AI to recognize sounds.

346: biometrics, audio intelligence and more

54:34 | Feb 17th, 2017

Privacy implications of data-gathering medical technologies. Crypto parties get a new push thanks to rising data-mining fears. A new car service that connects drivers to riders directly. And, teaching AI to recognize sounds.

345: love, hate, sex, apocalypse

53:59 | Feb 10th, 2017

Apocalypse Now the interactive horror game. Conflict resolution through video games. A dating app for mutual hate. Women CEOs work to decrease the stigma of female sexuality. And, the veggie burger that tastes and bleeds like beef.

345: love, hate, sex, apocalypse

53:59 | Feb 10th, 2017

Apocalypse Now the interactive horror game. Conflict resolution through video games. A dating app for mutual hate. Women CEOs work to decrease the stigma of female sexuality. And, the veggie burger that tastes and bleeds like beef.

344: Tech workers, the travel ban and more

53:59 | Feb 3rd, 2017

A Facebook employee's story of how he's affected by the U.S. travel ban. Canadian tech companies respond to the ban. Baby clothes that record what parents say. Diagnosing PTSD with speech analysis. Making comedy by reading the internet verbatim.

344: Tech workers, the travel ban and more

53:59 | Feb 3rd, 2017

A Facebook employee's story of how he's affected by the U.S. travel ban. Canadian tech companies respond to the ban. Baby clothes that record what parents say. Diagnosing PTSD with speech analysis. Making comedy by reading the internet verbatim.

343: Smart bridges, the end of FM and more

53:59 | Jan 27th, 2017

Smart bridges, the end of FM radio, protecting climate change data under Trump, and listening to problem machines.

342: Sex robots, anonymity and more

53:59 | Jan 20th, 2017

Sex robots, anonymity and harassment, and the rise of the physicist.

341: Winter cities, voicemail is dead and more

53:59 | Jan 13th, 2017

Postmortem communication, the death of voicemail, better winter cities, and an apple that never browns.

340: Mindfulness, frugality, and the future

53:59 | Jan 6th, 2017

How to use tech to bring calm to your life, why being frugal is at odds with our taste for luxury, and forecasting the future of futurism.

318: digital hoarding, storing data in DNA and more

53:59 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Digital hoarding. Storing data in DNA. Quantum computing. Dark Web literary magazine. How to be bored.

311-304: 3D archeology, yearbook smiles and more

53:59 | Dec 22nd, 2016

3D Archaeology. Printing 3D artifacts. Sound mapping. Yearbook smiles. Cloud storage your stuff. Algorithmic fairness.

339: Fake news, synthetic ears and more

53:59 | Dec 16th, 2016

How fake news spreads. Making ears from apples. Texting with household cleaners. The impact of tech on families. Transgender on Tinder.

338: Quantified babies, botnet boutiques and more

53:59 | Dec 9th, 2016

How to hack your baby's sleep. An app built by, and for, Labrador Inuit. Inside the botnet black market. And why the 14-hour workday is B.S.

337: Sick buildings, salty storage solutions and more

53:59 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Is your office building making you sick? Should you quit social media? Go up a mountain to get away from it all? Store your digital files in a salt mine? Volunteer in an internet chatroom?

336: Bad driving, social media influence and more

53:59 | Nov 25th, 2016

Social media and the politics of democracy. Taxis as mobile libraries. Drivers are as distracted as ever. Data-mining gets visceral. Chatroom lessons from the old-timey internet.

335: The lonely generation and more

53:59 | Nov 18th, 2016

A special look at loneliness in our ultra-connected age.

334: Quit your job, smart home security and more

53:59 | Nov 10th, 2016

Get your boss to help you quit your job. Security and your smart home. In praise of the stupid home. The limitations of AI. And, collaboration and AI.

333: Stupidity at work, slow innovation and more

53:59 | Oct 28th, 2016

Why stupidity gets rewarded at work. Motherhood and productivity. The myth of the great white innovator. Baseball and building better teams. Magic and haunting in technology.

332: Design for the good, the bad and everything in between

53:59 | Oct 21st, 2016

Designing tech for happiness and for stress. How to take steps now to design your life. And, designing solutions for storing books.

331: It's overcomplicated, Simpsons by the data and more

53:59 | Oct 14th, 2016

Why everything feels so complicated. A new wetsuit inspired by beaver fur. Analysis of 27 seasons of The Simpsons. And algorithms, those weapons of math destruction.