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Coming up on Connections: Monday, January 9th


First hour: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable explores human and robot interactions

Have you ever found yourself arguing with someone who clearly is in over their head, but just can't see it? Or have you ever realized that you're not nearly as skilled at something as you once thought you were? There's something to explain this phenomenon: the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It explains how someone can read a single article and then profess to know everything there is to know about the American health care system. Or how someone who is a truly awful singer can go before the American Idol judges and think they're great, while laying an egg. Our guest is the man who helped coin the phrase: 

  • David Dunning, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, and professor emeritus of psychology at Cornell University

In our second hour, it's our Monthly Science Roundtable, and we're talking about robots. Specifically, how to make robots more efficient, better at decision-making tasks in complex situations, better at performing tasks with common human motions, better at understanding language. That's all fascinating, but there are many ongoing conversations about whether we should want those things to happen; after all, automation is taking jobs. Our guests will talk about the research, the progress, and what it might mean. In studio:

  • Thomas Howard, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester
  • Jake Arkin, Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester
  • Michael Napoli, Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

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