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Automation and Us

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If you always use GPS to navigate your destination, do you ever learn where you are? If spellcheck keeps you from making mistakes, do you eventually forget how to spell? Nicholas Carr says automation is a fine tool, but we have to be careful about what we concede to computers. Carr is speaking at the Utah Humanities Book Festival this week, and Tuesday, he joins Doug to explain how giving up our decision making means giving up something essential to being human.

On Friday, October 17, Nicholas Carr will speak as part of the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival. His talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library Public Auditorium. [Details] Carr's book is called The Glass Cage: Automation and Us [Indiebound|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.