Today we’re talking to Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Institute and Co-host of the Big Picture Science Podcast. We discuss what humanity knows about life outside of the solar system, how much of the sky SETI is truly keeping an eye on, and why the deepest scientific questions aren’t being answered.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

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About Seth Shostak

Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately fifty papers in professional journals. He also founded and ran a company producing computer animation for TV.

About SETI

The SETI Institute is a non-profit research organization, located in the Silicon Valley close to the NASA Ames Research Center.

Our mission is to lead humanity’s quest to understand the origins and prevalence of life and intelligence in the universe and share that knowledge with the world.

The SETI Institute is committed to respecting values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) and creating and maintaining a positive and nurturing work environment that promotes mutual respect, trust, fairness, and objectivity.

We strive to provide professional and personal growth to every individual regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. As a group of talented scientists, engineers, educators, and professionals, it is our belief that a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workplace is critical to accomplishing the Institute’s mission, and ensuring that we follow our values and principles.

Joel Beasley

Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

As the success of the podcast grew, Joel founded ProSeries Media, a podcast production company that helps companies worldwide create their own podcasts. With a team of producers, content creators, and podcast bookers, ProSeries Media produces over ten shows, providing a platform for companies to connect with their audience and share their expertise.

Through his work on the Modern CTO Podcast and ProSeries Media, Joel Beasley has become a respected voice in the tech industry, inspiring others to share their knowledge and insights with the wider community. His passion for creating engaging content that informs, inspires, and entertains has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on all things tech.



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