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Embracing Habit With Meghan O’Gieblyn

Renee Bright

These days you’re more likely to hear a tech CEO or a “thought leader” waxing poetic about how artificial intelligence will soon make most human work obsolete — how in this future humankind will be happy because every day we’ll get to choose to do whatever we want. But as O'Gieblyn writes in her new cover story for Harper’s, imagining oneself happy in this future is nearly impossible, “much as it’s hopeless to envision contentment in heaven.” For her, peace, happiness — whatever you want to call it — comes from embracing habit. She joins us this Friday at noon, and Saturday at 11 a.m., to talk about why.

Air date: Jan. 7, 2022 at noon MT and Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. MT

Meghan O’Gieblyn’s Harper's article is called “Routine Maintenance: Embracing Habit in an Automated World.”

She’s also the author of the book God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning [Amazon|Bookshop|Indiebound].

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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.