The Google X founder on flying taxis, the healthcare employs for AI and why we havent seen the last of Google Glass
Sebastian Thrun isn’t your ordinary Silicon Valley computer geek -cum -Stanford professor. The 51 -year-old artificial intelligence and robotics scientist is responsible for co-developing Google Street View , pioneering self-driving cars, founding Google X – the internet giant’s secretive research lab- and revolutioni sing education by kickstarting massive open online courses ( M oocs ). His most recent project is developing flying autoes. You launched your flying automobile corporation, Kitty Hawk , in 2015 backed by Google co-founder Larry Page and you have two projects in development- a personal aircraft announced Flyer and an autonomous air taxi called Cora . Why do we need flying cars?
The ground is getting more and more congested- we are all stuck in traffic all the time. Bringing transportation into the air will obligate things faster, safer and more economically and environmentally friendly. Just imagine tour at 80 miles an hour in a straight line at any time of day without ever having to stop. If you’re in Jersey City in the morning and wish to go to Times Square, Manhattan, that might take you more than an hour in traffic. With an electric flying vehicle you have been able do it in less than two minutes on perhaps 10 pennies of energy costs. It “wouldve been” transformational to almost every person I know.
So information and communication technologies is there?
I believe so. Cora and Flyer are both examples that have shown that it is possible to take parties in the air for about 20 minutes at a time with the reach of maybe 50 or so miles[ Cora is being tested on New Zealand’s South Island ]. That is sufficient in my opinion for most of our daily excursions to and from work, academy, the supermarket and so on. It’s a matter now of finishing up and making them to marketplace. I think in the next three to five years we’ll appreciate a lot of change.