Thanks to DARPA-sponsored contests and new work at Google, robot cars are no longer science fiction. They are coming to us within a decade. Their implications are quite remarkable. And not just for transportation, through which they promise to save "merely" millions of lives, billions of hours and trillions of dollars. Robocars also promise to change how we live and work, our housing, how manufacturing is done and where it is done, how our cities are organized and built, and, more generally, how we use land and other recourses. Crucially, robocars and other self-driven vehicles have the potential to make serious strides in solving the world's energy and emissions problems. This talk will discuss the current state of robocar development, potential merits and downsides of robocars, potential paths to their wide scale uses - and roadblocks that may be encountered along the way - and what the world with robocars will be like.
Brad Templeton is Chair of Networks and Computers at Singularity University and he is a consultant on Google's self-driving car team. He has been active in the computer network community since 1979, and participated in the building and growth of USENET from its beginning. He founded and ran the first internet-based content company, ClariNet Communications Corp., which he sold to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. In 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world's most widely read conference on that network and the world's longest running blog. He is also the author of numerous packaged microcomputer software products, and the founder of a software company. In addition to his other activities, Brad serves on the Boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, (the leading cyberspace rights advocacy group) and the Foresight Institute (a leading nanotechnology think tank). In addition to advising Google, he also is an advisor to BitTorrent, Inc.
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