Broadcast 2930 Frank White

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Guest:  Frank White;  Topics:  Updates regarding The Overview Effect studies, societal impact, research, programming, and plans for the future.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See

We welcomed back Frank White to the program for a one segment 92 minute discussion on The Overview Effect and many related topics and developments. Frank started our discussion by telling us about the first ever International Overview Effect Symposium to be held later this year, probably in the fall, in the Netherlands.  You can read about the symposium and get updated information about it at  During our discussion, Frank highlighted speakers, the Overview Effect simulation experience which is why the event is being held in The Netherlands and much more.  If you want to follow up on information about the symposium, fill out the Contact form on the website. You can also email Frank and ask for additional info and follow up.  Frank's email is whitelight2  at  gmail  dot  com.

Next, Frank talked about the upcoming Fourth Edition of his classic Overview Effect book to be published in the near future by AIAA.  He told us about new interviews new astronauts, both before the spaceflight experience and after.  He also talked about mentioning and doing more on the subject of the Copernicus Perspective which he described on the show and in his past appearances on The Space Show.  This was important as Frank is starting to focus on a solar system view.  In fact, he suggested Elon Musk was the leading person with a solar system view. don't miss this discussion.

B John in Sweden wanted to know if there were negative impacts from the Overview Effect based on seeing Earth as just a spec of light as one traveled BLEO toward Mars.  Frank and I did not see negativity coming from the Overview Effect and talked about what B John was referencing as issues dealing with long duration BLEO human spaceflight and psychological crew stability.  Later B John wanted to know if the various forms of entertainment today have possibly diminished the Overview Effect on many people.  Frank agreed but listen to what he had to say about this issue. 

Sara in Seattle wanted to know about the increased use of AI and what it might mean for human spaceflight and the Overview Effect as AI becomes more and more a part of the spaceflight hardware, mission, and experience. Frank offered us quite the discussion on AI that even reached out to current economic issues.  This is another discussion you do not want to miss.

As part of the AI discussion, Frank again referenced Elon Musk and his having started a new company about the merger of AI and the human brain, Neuralink.  We also talked about NASA and AI as part of human spaceflight.

Frank mentioned a new program he was working on which he called the Human Space Program.  This would involve a group of 16 task forces looking at questions to be answered regarding human spaceflight.  His plan is that after a year of evaluation the task forces meet to integrate their work and share it with the public for an important and as he said much needed public discussion about human space exploration and spaceflight matters.  Again, don't miss this discussion.  Let Frank know what you think of the idea by posting on the blog. 

Tom sent in a note asking Frank about our having astronauts stationed in orbit around the moon, wondering how will their thoughts of earth be different?  Frank liked the question and had much to say in response to Tom. 

Near the end of our program Ginger wanted to know about all of what we had been talking about as somehow making space into a religion and she mentioned recent guest and caller references to believing in space settlement and exploration bringing about Kumbaya moments to unite of all humanity.  Frank had much to say about this question, being very familiar with the subject matter.  For sure don't miss what Frank had to say to Ginger.

As the program was about to end, I asked Frank if he had ever considered organizing a sort of legislative Overview Effect blitz for lobbying congress on the Overview Effect. He said no but I did put the idea into his head with some suggestions on how to make it unique.  Tell us what you think by posting your comments on this on our blog.  

Please post/comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Frank White through me or the email address I wrote out in this summary.




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16 Jun 2017 Frank White
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