What would it take for a robot to be able to make you a sandwich?
In this episode, Suzanne LaGrande interviews science writer Kathryn Hulick, who has just published Welcome to the Future: Robot Friends, Fusion Energy, Pet Dinosaurs and more.
In the discussion, Ms Hulick talks about:
- How her love of science fiction led her to write about science for kids and about the great need there is for more books about science written for kids.
- The process of writing Welcome to the Future and how she took popular topics such as robots, cities in space, living forever, endless clean energy, and food for all and did extensive interviews with scientists to help assess the feasibility of these ideas.
- The possibilities and dangers of artificial intelligence and the surprising complexity involved in “simple” human activities like making a sandwich
- Genetic engineering, what’s feasible and what’s desirable
- Giving students a nuanced understanding of the science and the ethical questions involved in making decisions about the technology of the future.
For more about Kathryn’s work, visit http://kathrynhulick.com/.
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