Emma Byrne - How to Build a Human
You know how some lines almost leap from the page? In this episode of NonFicPod, there's one that Codd can't shake: ‘When it comes to communicating details about diet, health, sex and mood, an anal gland can be surprisingly eloquent.’
Hit 'play' for a rollicking chat around our very own Emma Byrne's second book, How to Build a Human: what science knows about childhood.
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Dr Emma Byrne is an actual robot scientist – a robot scientist! – who writes for Wired, the Guardian, Forbes and the FT. She frequently appears on the BBC and Sky News talking about the future of robotics and artificial intelligence; has packed out pubs and convention halls with her talks, and in case you hadn’t noticed yet, is also the esteemed founder and co-host of NonFicPod.
Link to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)
People and Works Mentioned:
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Lawrence Wright, God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Lawrence Wright, ‘Lives of the Saints’, 2002 article on the future of Mormonism in The New Yorker [paywall]
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- Producer: Georgie Codd
- Guest: Emma Byrne
- Socials and transcription: Beatrice Bazell
- Composer: Mike Wyer
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