Avi Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, the longest-serving chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, founding director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, and serves as the science theory director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, as well as former chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. Author of eight books and over a thousand scientific papers, Loeb is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, Time selected Loeb as one of the twenty-five most influential people in space.
Today on the show we discuss: why he thinks extra terrestrial life exists that can interact with humans, Avi’s recent expedition to the Pacific Ocean to find what he believes is the first interstellar meteor, how he envisions a future interaction with extra terrestrial life, why AI might play a pivotal role in communicating with extra terrestrial life, whether or not Avi thinks life on Mars exists, how the average person can spot extra terrestrial life and much more.
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