StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 1) Backstage
StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 1) Backstage

StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 1)

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

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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.

NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 1).

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  • Michael Santay

    Great show.


    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.

  • 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

  • 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!”

  • 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!

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  • Addam Miller

    I love the format of this show. Sometimes purely experts, sometimes comedy mixed in but always informative. Does it always give the exact information the listener may want? Nope…but it shouldn’t. What it should do, and does very well, is give just enough information to ignite that spark of curiosity to compel the listener to further investigate. Again, love this show. Though…I must wonder (in the devils advocate fashion), what would happen to this shows popularity if lets say…Laurence Krauss hosted a similar show?

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  • Anastasios Papalias

    That was not Greek. Why are you speaking “something that resembles Greek” instead of Greek?
    Please email me.

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