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55 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
526: The search for better search
This week, a look at the evolution of search engines - and whether alternatives to all-powerful Google may take hold, or at least force it to adapt to growing privacy concerns.
55 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
525: The Next Big Thing - Working in 2050
What will "work" look like in 30 years? Will robots do most of our jobs? What will the rest of us do? Will there be physical offices or will we work entirely in the metaverse? Will we even need money?
55 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Understanding the long term trajectory of disruption: how it's changed—and continues to change— society and the way we interact with technology. (This episode first aired in January 2021, and has been updated to reflect that.)
55 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
524: Healthcare's Cyber Hygiene Problem
In recent weeks, there have been several cyber attacks on Canadian healthcare institutions. What makes them such a target and what can we do to better protect vital health data?
56 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
523: Mental Health Tech
A look at the boom in mental health tech and the limits to fixing mental health gaps. And, how we can design mental health tech tools that work for underserved and marginalized populations?
55 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
522: The Next Big Thing - Music
How will we experience music in the year 2050? Will we have speakers permanently implanted in our ears? Will we even need ears? Three experts—a musician, an engineer and a historian—offer their thoughts.
55 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
521: Our Sonic World
A look at the impact of noise on our mental and physical well-being, and how to tackle it. And, how our brains create meaning from the sounds we hear.
55 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Repeat: The Disappearing Web
If the internet is where much of our common culture is stored these days, how do we make sure there's a record of our collective online lives? (This episode first aired in June 2021, and has been updated to reflect that.)
55 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
520: The AI Revolution
A look at the far future and nitty gritty present of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for how we relate to one another and the non-human entities that will —and increasingly do— surround us.
55 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
519: The Black experience online
From cultural appropriation to algorithmic bias to the commodification of trauma, Black creators and consumers of digital media are forced to confront a variety of challenges on social media platforms. A look at the Black experience online.
55 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
518: The Next Big Thing - Home
A Spark look into the deep future. What will our homes look like, feel like, and where will they be located several decades from now?
55 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
517: Countercultures and Computing
How countercultures, subcultures and niche communities have shaped, and continue to shape, digital tech.
55 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
516: Fashion Futures
Our digital tech both facilitates and mitigates waste in the garment industry. But can the technology that ramped up global fashion production also help us build a more sustainable fashion future?
56 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 10 - The Lens
Sometimes it's all in the details. As a technology, glass lens—first developed around a thousand years ago—has allowed us to correct our vision, see the furthest objects in the sky, and the smallest objects on the Earth. Oh, and there's photography and film as well.
55 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 9 - Computing
From the abacus to the explosive growth in computer tech following World War II, to today's research into using the brain as a model for computing.
55 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 8 - Sleep
Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it! Everybody sleeps. But how has the way we sleep evolved with the technology we've developed?
55 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 7 - Correspondence
From hieroglyphs to instant messaging, humans have been attempting to perfect the way we correspond with one another. And still, we love to hate to email.
56 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 6 - Obsolescence
The history of obsolescence, the origins of planned obsolescence, and the ethics of creating disposable devices in a future of scarcity and climate change.
55 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 5 - Privacy
The notion of privacy has evolved over thousands of years and is tightly woven with power. What might that mean for our future?
55 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
The Spark Guide to Civilization, Ep 4 - Attention
Humans have always craved attention and applied tricks to gain the attention of others, so why does it feel so extra in the digital age?
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