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Ariel Ekblaw on the future of space exploration

Ariel Ekblaw on the future of space exploration

Update: 2023-05-17


What if we could commute to space for work? Or rest and relax in a floating pod, immersed in a galaxy? Such easy access to space might not be as far away as we think. This week, Reid and Aria sit down with Ariel Ekblaw, director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative and founding CEO of Aurelia Institute. Ariel talks about democratizing access to space and using advancements in space technology to improve life on earth, now and in the future. Her goal isn’t just to make life in space possible, but to make it worth living, with culture and art. Plus, Ariel reflects on GPT-4 stories that speculate on space technologies that can enhance life on Earth. 

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3:25 - Hellos and intros

5:15 - Reflecting on Aurelia’s achievements 

7:05 - Chatting about Star Trek

7:56 - How space exploration will impact life on Earth 

12:04 - The feasibility of colonizing Mars

15:45 - Scaling human presence in space

20:27 - GPT-4 story about a futuristic home in the Nevada desert and in space

23:43 - The relationship between AI and space exploration

27:48 - How culture would change as a spacefaring society 

31:05 - GPT-4 list of inventions designed for space and adapted for Earth

33:49 - The democratization of space 

44:25 - Rapidfire questions

48:56 - Debrief with Reid and Aria

Possible is a new podcast that sketches out the brightest version of the future—and what it will take to get there. Most of all, it asks: what if, in the future, everything breaks humanity's way? Hosted by Reid Hoffman and Aria Finger, each episode features an interview with a visionary from a different field: climate science, media, criminal justice, and more. The conversation also features another kind of guest: GPT-4, OpenAI’s latest and most powerful language model to date. Each episode has a companion story, generated by GPT-4, which will serve as a jumping-off point for a hopeful, speculative discussion about what humanity could possibly get right if we leverage technology—and our collective effort—effectively.

Possible is produced by Wonder Media Network and hosted by Reid Hoffman and Aria Finger. Our showrunner is Shaun Young. Possible is produced by Edie Allard and Sara Schleede. Jenny Kaplan is our Executive Producer and Editor. Special thanks to Ted Huetter, Geoff Nunn, Sean Mobley, Janine Liberty, Sands Fish, Nicole L'huillier, Thomas Sanchez Lengeling, MIT Space Exploration Initiative, Surya Yalamanchili, Saida Sapieva, Ian Alas, Greg Beato, Ben Relles, and the team at Jump Creative for video production on this episode.









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Ariel Ekblaw on the future of space exploration

Ariel Ekblaw on the future of space exploration

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