Why I Can't Wait for Autonomous Cars to Come Out
And as someone who has a really terrible driving record I can't wait for autonomous cars to come out.
Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education. Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity's grand challenges.
Along with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler, Diamandis is co-author of the New York Times best selling hardcover book Abundance—The Future Is Better Than You Think which was #2 on the NYTimes List and #1 on Amazon. Their latest book is titled Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.
Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world's top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis' personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!"
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.
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