March 16, 2017 8:43 pm

Friday, Revisit “The Future of Humanity, with Elon Musk” – now extended with Neil Tyson and Bill Nye discussing space exploration in the Cosmic Crib

It’s time to revisit the classic StarTalk episode where Neil Tyson sits down with Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors to discuss the future of humanity.

Image Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

This episode now features a new segment of cosmic conversation with Neil and Bill from Neil’s office in the Hayden Planetarium.

As usual, over a nice glass of wine, Neil and Bill muse about a variety of issues, astrophysical and otherwise, this time focusing on early space human exploration and its impact.

Bill reminisces on growing up in Washington D.C. watching the first lunar landing, and how the optimism of the Apollo-era pushed him towards a career in science and technology.

You’ll also hear our pair discuss whether or not that optimism can be recaptured in the modern day, or if it was just partly a reaction to the amount of pessimism in the world at that time.

If you haven’t heard The Future of Humanity, with Elon Musk, from Season 6, it’s a must listen- one of our most popular episodes ever. You’ll hear the now famous discussion between Neil and Elon about why the possibilities of artificial super intelligence keep Elon awake at night. You’ll also hear how the billionaire entrepreneur got started by teaching himself to program at the age of 9.

In-studio, Neil, Bill Nye, and co-host Chuck Nice explore SpaceX’s contributions to space exploration, living on Mars, flying cars, Colossus: The Forbin Project, hover boards, climate change and much more.

If you want to ponder humanity’s future please join us tomorrow night for Extended Classic: The Future of Humanity, with Elon Musk at 7pm EDT right here on our website, as well as on iTunes Podcasts, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and TuneIn. And if you’re an All-Access subscriber, you can watch or listen to this episode ad-free at 7pm, too. And, as an extra bonus for our subscribers, we’ll also be posting the entire, unedited conversation between Neil and Elon on All-Access, too.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!
–Ian Mullen