Sebastian Thrun, the man behind the Google Car, and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford, talks with Jason Tanz about the self-driving car."
Jason Tanz is editor at large at WIRED, where he writes frequently for the web and print and helps set the brand’s editorial strategy. He has been at WIRED since 2007; previously he worked at Fortune Small Business, Fortune, and SmartMoney magazines. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin, among many other publications, and he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America. Tanz received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
Progenitor of the vaunted self-driving car, Thrun led a double life as Prof. of Computer Science at Stanford, and VP & Fellow at Google. What could be an even greater boon for our world than cars that drive themselves? The answer may be his new venture. After ditching tenure at Stanford to join Google, just last year Sebastian cofounded a new online educational organization: Udacity.
Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University, discusses the Google self-driving car, and it's higher safety standard than human-driven drivers. Despite its level of safety, it still has a tough road ahead of it in convincing people to trust it.