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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.

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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.

    Three reasons to be hopeful about the future of tech

    Three reasons to be hopeful about the future of tech

    For this final new episode of the show, we looked to the creator for direction (the creator of Spark - Nora Young!) She wanted it not to be a look back at what we've done, but forward-facing and positive. Sad as we are to end this show at a time when you could argue it's needed most, we bring you an episode with three reasons to be hopeful about the future. Thank you for listening and being part of the greater Spark community.                         

    • 59 min
    Being Human Now - Control

    Being Human Now - Control

    It's possible that the propensity to convince ourselves we have control over things —even when we don't— is the most uniquely human thing there is. But as we speed ever faster toward an AI world, will true agency even matter as long as we believe we have it?

    • 54 min
    AI surveillance at the Olympics and on our borders

    AI surveillance at the Olympics and on our borders

    The Olympics are just around the corner, and this summer in Paris, officials are planning a suite of security tools bolstered by AI — from spotting abandoned packages to predicting the movement of crowds. But as AI security rolls out for major public events, and at our borders, how do we balance safety, security, and privacy and guard against this becoming the new normal? 

    • 54 min
    For teens, everything old is cool again

    For teens, everything old is cool again

    From coveting Walkmans to using point-and-shoot cameras, there's been a growing trend over the past few years of teens wanting multiple, single-purpose, un-connected devices. It's not all about the past, though. Captivating new AI character bots are helping teens practice socializing, and giving them novel ways of learning in the classroom too.

    • 54 min
    BONUS - A Farewell

    BONUS - A Farewell

    Nora Young and Michelle Parise chat about 17 years of making Spark and listen to some messages from very special guests.

    • 25 min
    The First Time We Covered ...

    The First Time We Covered ...

    AI, social media, and virtual work pretty much dominate the cultural conversation around technology and our lives. Is it 2007 or 2024? Join host Nora Young as she revisits and reflects on the first time we covered those topics starting 17 years ago!

    • 54 min

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