StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 1)

Post Date: 17 November 2013

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Season 4, Episode 36

StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 1) Backstage

Backstage before the show at The Bell House: L to R: Eugene Mirman, W. Kamau Bell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Gorevan. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn

Robots can’t laugh, but the crowd never stopped when StarTalk Live went back to the Bell House for the 6th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Guests included Stephen Gorevan of Honeybee Robotics, the makers of robotic equipment used on NASA’s Mars Rovers, along with comedians W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudeikis. In Part 1, host Neil deGrasse Tyson leads a conversation about robots and space exploration, from Voyager 1 to the Mars Opportunity, Spirit and Curiosity Rovers and beyond. You’ll learn what actually defines a robot, why some robots are built to mimic humans and others are built to perform certain tasks, and the benefits and drawbacks of using robots vs. people. You’ll also find out about the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Robonaut 2 on the ISS, and the plans to send a nuclear powered robotic mole to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to dig through its icy surface to explore the ocean beneath.

Co-Host:
Eugene Mirman, Comedian

Guests:
Stephen Gorevan, Chairman, Honeybee Robotics
Jason Sudeikis, Actor, Comedian
W. Kamau Bell, Comedian

Music:
“Robots” – Kate Ryan (Chris Feelding remix)
“Stop the Rock” – Apollo 440
“Sound of Contact” – Pale Blue Dot
“The Other Side” – Jason Derulo
“Another Planet” – Jawan Harris featuring Chris Brown
“Flying to Mars” – Foreign Beggars
“Grind Hard” – Jadakiss, featuring Mary J. Blige
“Robots Don’t Cry” – No More Kings
“Catch the Moon” – Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell

  • Michael Santay

    Great show.

  • TONY LYNCH

    Chuck Berry has left the Solar System!!!!

  • Baran Aslım

    Wasn’t this months ago? I am feeling left behind in terms of Startalk Lives that are happening.

    • Jeff

      Baran, the event took place Sept. 27th at the Bell House. This is part one of the show recorded that night.

  • http://www.startalkradio.net Linda Berdeaux

    Awesome!!!

  • Avon Bećirević

    Good show, but please less comedians in the future. Feels like being in cinema and have 2 people talking. It is funny on ocasions, but they managed to ruin almost every potential for a good disscusion.

  • Sarah Leaman

    Honeybee Robotics is so cool! I can’t believe they are working on the Mars Rovers here in New York City! I hope they have Stephen Gorevan back again and get him to talk more about Mars. This was so funny, especially live. I saw it in person in Brooklyn and it was hilarious!

  • Donni

    Great show guys, Dr Tyson you are awesome . Thank you for everything you do for mankind. you are making an difference .

  • Eric

    This was one of the more fun streams, and the Voyager talk was great, though I do wish there were more robot chat.

    Just to point out, near the end, I never knew we had ‘nucular’ power >:3

  • http://instagram.com/neurosci Huda

    Great talk on robotics, spacecraft, and Mars! I had hoped for a deeper discussion, but it was an enjoyable stream nonetheless! Thank you, Dr Tyson!

  • MrSeda

    Nerd Bully… Yeah that’s about right.

  • profitnot

    Enjoyable, but OMG the comedic jostling for funny moments was a bit much. :) Timing, gentlemen, timing.

  • marc

    I actually thought Jason was perfect. keep him around.

  • sarahfru

    “Not a planet, not a robot. We’re crossin em off!”

  • Nick

    I want to know what Mars sounds like.

  • Joseph Jurecki

    Best radio show around!