Interview with Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut & Columbia U professor (Websummit 18)

Jan 06, 2019

In times where technological progress is unprecedented, how do astronauts navigate the human-machine relationship to deliver results? How do they collaborate and deliver as teams with human and technological components?

Brightline Initiative talks to Mke Massimino, a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and a former NASA astronaut, at the sidelines of Websummit 2018. Michael Massimino is the senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

He says “I think it’s important to embrace the technology, as it comes along”. When to use humans and when to leverage the advances in technology? “Have a person do what they’re best at or for (those aspects) where you don’t have the technology for or cannot rely on technology to handle.”

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