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Planetary RadioApril 4, 2018

AI, Space, and Humanity’s Future—A Conversation with David Brin

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David Brin

Science Fiction Author, Futurist, Astrophysicist, and Planetary Society Advisory Council member

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Emily Lakdawalla

Solar System Specialist, The Planetary Society

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer, The Planetary Society

The multi-award winning science fiction author, futurist and speaker returns to Planetary Radio for a wide-ranging conversation about robots and humans in space, empathetic artificial intelligences, how we can survive the Singularity and much more. Emily Lakdawalla recaps an astrobiology session at the just-completed Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. There’s a great new book from National Geographic Kids waiting for the winner of the new What’s Up space trivia contest.

Author and futurist David Brin at Vasquez Rocks

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Author and futurist David Brin at Vasquez Rocks

Related Links:

Trivia Contest

Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System by planetary scientist Bethany Ehlmann. Also, a 200-point astronomy account.

Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System

National Geographic Kids

Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System

This week's question:

What is currently the second farthest spacecraft from Earth? It does not need to be currently functioning.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Wednesday, April 11th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

What missions visited the Tiangong-1 space station?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

How many Space Shuttle flights docked with the Mir space station?


From 1995 to 1998 nine Space Shuttle missions docked with the Mir space station.

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