The Coming of Robot Cars

Thanks to DARPA-sponsored contests and new work at Google, robot cars are no longer science fiction; they're coming within a decade. Their implications are quite remarkable -- and not just for transportation, where they can offer a mere saving of millions of lives, billions of hours and trillions of dollars. Robocars can change how we live and work, change our cities, change manufacturing, housing. Crucially in today's world, they also have the potential to make serious inroads on our energy and emissions problems. The talk will discuss the merits and downsides of robocars, potential paths to get there, roadblocks along the way and what the world of robocars will be like. Brad Templeton founded and ran ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company, then sold it to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. ClariNet publishes an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers machines. He has been active in the computer network community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days and in 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world's most widely read computerized conference on that network, and today the world's longest running blog. He has been a software company founder, and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products. He is on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading civil rights advocacy group for cyberspace. He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute, and an advisor to BitTorrent, Inc. He is chair of Networks and Computers at Singularity University. He is also a consultant on Google's self-driving car team.

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  • Ronald B.

    The golf cart would drive itself to the residence on its own by dialing a phone number. Caller id would be used to look up the callers address and direct the cart to their residence.

    February 18, 2012

  • Ronald B.

    One early market for "robot cars" might be retirement communities that surround golf courses. A Golf cart could be the vehicle platform desired. Many of these communities have shopping areas nearby which a low speed golf cart could safely provide transport to.

    February 18, 2012

  • Chris T.

    "I wish I had the time.... I am way behind in recording this class, which is a ton of work..." -Sebastian

    February 14, 2012

  • Chris T.

    I'll try.

    February 14, 2012

  • Saurabh P.

    The course kicks off on 20th

    February 14, 2012

  • William W.

    Good presentation

    February 14, 2012

  • Peter M.

    Great presenter, great host(ess), great food, I'd attend again!

    February 14, 2012

  • Eric S.

    Excellent, comprehensive presentation.
    Audience was too impatient and repeatedly interjected with questions that clearly were going to be addressed later in the talk or could have been saved for Q&A. Interactivity is great, but when a speaker has his act together, let him get through his prepared material first!

    February 14, 2012

  • Alison C.

    Chris Tacklind, please invite Sebastian to give an overview lecture to the group.

    February 14, 2012

  • Chris T.

    Sebastian Thrun has announced he will be teaching a complete How To class as the first offering of Udacity. He may accept an invitation to give an overview lecture prior to kick off. http://www.udacity.com/

    February 14, 2012

  • Alison C.

    David Lai, find a speaker about "how to" and we'll host him/her.

    February 13, 2012

  • David L.

    Brad did an excellent presentation to provide the vision and passion for the "robotcar" in today's meetup. Thank Brad!
    However, I hope there will have a follow-up meet-up(s) to discuss the "how" part - algorithms, system, and, of course, the opensource.

    February 13, 2012

  • Bob C.

    Excellent! Great speaker on an interesting topic.

    February 13, 2012

  • Stefano

    RIDESHARE REQUEST: hi guys, is somebody driving over the mountains towards Santa Cruz tonight? I currently live close to Scotts Valley and don't have a car yet. Would be awesome to join somebody for the return ride. Thanks, Stefano[masked], [masked].

    February 13, 2012

  • Frank

    Would anyone like to carpool to this event from the East Bay?

    February 7, 2012

  • Iman

    Great! Thanks, Alison.

    February 7, 2012

  • Alison C.

    RSVPs are now reopened, as Amar Kona of Intel has moved our group to a 300-seat auditorium at the same Santa Clara site. Attendees can now enter the facility through the main lobby, which is no longer under construction.

    February 7, 2012

  • Ronald B.

    Perhaps Apple will be selling "iCars" soon.

    February 4, 2012

  • Alison C.

    Florian, this group is time-consuming for me to run. Each venue I contact will cost an hour without a contact name. I have other deadlines and other work like everyone else. I am not making money from this effort (in fact, it has cost me money.) Please consider contacting a venue or two yourself if you have ideas.

    February 3, 2012

  • Florian

    Power to say yes isn't as a big of a deal, these venues will say yes if they are available - this event is up their alley but the venues aren't free. PariSoma is booked already for that date. Good luck, the more people the better! My guest isn't going to come so you can increase it by 1 if you want.

    February 2, 2012

  • Alison C.

    Florian, if you have contacts that are willing to provide alternate venues on 2/13 at 7 PM that will seat more than 44 people and have a projector, please let me know. We can all list large venues (Candlestick Park, etc.) but knowing people with the power to say yes is the key.

    1 · February 2, 2012

  • Florian

    PariSoma, AOL, PeopleBrowsr?

    February 2, 2012

  • Alison C.

    Sorry I've had to close RSVPs for this talk due to unanticipated permit discussions between the City of Mountain View and Hacker Dojo. I'll reopen registration if I find a larger venue between now and the event date.

    February 2, 2012

  • Alison C.

    Suyash, my paragraph WAS formatted. Line breaks are not preserved in this wiki editor. I believe all members can edit the wiki, so have a go at it yourself if you like. I would prefer to edit raw HTML to semi-WYSIWYG wikitext, but that's not an option for meetup.com's interface.

    January 30, 2012

  • Suyash J.

    fyi: the paragraph above needs formatting

    January 30, 2012

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