Planetary Radio • Apr 04, 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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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for 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
Author and futurist David Brin at Vasquez Rocks Image: Cheryl Brigham
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Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System Image: National Geographic Kids

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 [email protected] 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.