One of the areas that AI and Robotics play in a significant fashion that's of interest to both Singularity University and the X PRIZE Foundation is autonomous cars. 

A lot of the work was done by DARPA with the grand challenge and urban challenge and is now being done by companies from General Motors to Audi to Google.  This will drive a new generation of cars that are able to drive better than the best human drivers.  And the benefits for that, which will be transformative, is going to be that you're going to save tens of thousands to potentially millions of lives.  You're going to save huge amounts of fuel and mostly save time.

Ultimately, it's about making all the things we do in life more efficient. And as someone who has a really terrible driving record I can't wait for autonomous cars to come out.

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

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