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Cool Science Radio | Dec. 16, 2021

In this episode of Cool Science Radio guests include: ( 1:25) Martin Ford, author of RULE OF THE ROBOTS: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything and National Geographic Explorer and photographer ( 26:59) Thomas Peschak.

Today on Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guests will be:

Martin Ford, author of RULE OF THE ROBOTS: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything. Ford presents a striking vision of a near-future where artificial intelligence has become as commonplace as electricity, invading even the areas we consider most human. Drawing on conversations with leaders in the field of AI, including DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, Ford explores how AI can alter our lives for the better, along with its dark side and what might be done to mitigate its potential harm.

Then National Geographic Explorer and photographer Thomas Peschak joins us to talk about his new book Wild Seas. This book contains over 200 remarkable images from wild ocean locales around the globe including his celebrated photo of a great white shark closely following a marine biologist in a kayak.

Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.
John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.