Howard Hughes is a professional broadcaster who, in his spare time, runs a fascinating Podcast entitled “The Unexplained”. His Podcast on 13th August this year featured an interview with the Founder of XCOR, Michiel Mol from Amsterdam who aims to be first to start civilian space flights.
I’m including a brief transcript from near the end of the interview because it is of interest here:
Howard Hughes: You said that you will always want to be involved in this, in XCOR and what it does, but you might want to change your role and maybe move away from the day to day stuff once it is all up and running. What does a man who has done that, do next?
Michiel Mol: Robotics.
Howard Hughes: Oh really.
Michiel Mol: Robotics and deep learning, intelligent computers. That, during my studies at university, was my key focus, and I’ve loved creating robots all my life and doing artificial intelligence stuff, I think that also will be something that will change the world for ever.
The whole interview is well worth a listen, and if you have an interest in any “unexplained” topics ranging from UFOs to reincarnation, you will find the blog a very entertaining way to spend an hour.
The Unexplained Podcast
XCOR Space Expeditions
I do think, in time, people will have, sort of, relationships with certain kinds of robots – not every robot, but certain kinds of robots – where they might feel that it is a sort of friendship, but it’s going to be of a robot-human kind. – Cynthia Breazeal
“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”
“The New York Magazine Environmental Teach-In” by Elizabeth Barlow in New York Magazine (30 March 1970), p. 30