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Cool Science Radio | Dec. 23, 2021

Today's guests include: Christopher Larkin ( 1:36) the Chief Technology Officer at Concord Technologies and Eric Johnson ( 32:33) author of The Elements of Choice: Why The Way We Decide Matters

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells' guests include:

Christopher Larkin, the Chief Technology Officer at Concord Technologies where commitment to machine learning has allowed him to drive real-world solutions that improve the delivery of healthcare. He joins the show to talk about IT predictions for 2022. Will workers stay remote? Will cyber threats come under control or take a darker turn? Larkin's professional world revolves around him being at the bleeding edge of answering these questions.

Then, Eric Johnson, a leader in decision-making research, who has written a new book about the science of decision making: The Elements of Choice: Why The Way We Decide Matters. Every time we make a choice, our minds go through an elaborate process most of us never even notice. Johnson shares the inner-workings of how we decide - something most of us know nothing about though we make decisions every second of every

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.
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.