Synopsis: What would it be like to have a computer examine you and diagnose your illness? How about a robot making a reservation at an exciting new restaurant that is just perfect – without any direct input from you? Sound like science fiction? Well, our guest says that it already is…or soon will be…science fact. We talk to a computer scientist and author about the rise of computers that can learn on their own and then teach other computers to do the same.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Pedro Domingos, professor of computer science at the University of Washington, author of the book, The Master Algorithm: How the quest for the ultimate learning machine will remake our world.
Back in the 1870s and 80s, the north and south poles were as mysterious and intriguing as the moon and planets are to us today. Many expeditions tried – and most failed – to reach the North Pole, leaving many courageous sailors and their ships encased in the snow and ice. We talk to an author whose new book chronicles one of those voyages about the adventure of arctic expeditions, and the men who risked their lives to find out what was actually on the top of the world.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette