Marc Andreessen explains how self-driving cars could create a bunch of American jobs
In this interview from Code Conference, Marc explains how the idea of automation stealing jobs is a fallacy (specifically citing the lump of labor fallacy and the luddite fallacy).
“It’s a recurring panic. This happens every 25 or 50 years, people get all amped up about ‘machines are going to take all the jobs’ and it never happens.”
“I think the self-driving car has the opportunity to not only improve productivity for the people in the car, which will be a huge economic boost for those people; Not only has the opportunity to save lives — over a million people die worldwide in road deaths today caused by human drivers, and I think we can take that very close to zero, which is very good for both human welfare and for economic productivity — it’s a very serious dent in productivity when people get killed”
Interesting mock debate between John Eddy, who leads Arup’s research into the impact of AVs on the built environment, and Ryan Falconer, head of the firm’s Canadian transportation consulting business, on the risks and rewards of a driverless future covers a lot of ground when it comes to impact of AVs on cities. Topics discussed include:
Active Transportation: With price of shared rides over an AV network bringing down the costs significantly, how will people be encouraged to get out of cars and use active transportation?
Suburbanization: With people able to travel faster (and farther), how will cities re-shape? Is suburbanization coming in a big way? How will AVs affect land use patterns?
Social Equity: Will driverless cars make the divide between rich and poor in our cities better or worse?
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Chris Urmson led Google’s self-driving car program and was a member of the faculty of CMU's Robotics Institute. In this talk, he walks through the history of self-driving cars and the problems he sees on the road ahead.
The Impending Revolution in Transportation (Stefan Heck)
Stefan Heck, co-founder of Nauto and consulting professor with the Stanford Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency, makes a case for moving from a car-centric community to a convergence of new mobility concepts focused on autonomous, connected, electrified and shared vehicles for improved efficiency.
Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars
The deal calls for the companies to work together to bring autonomous vehicle technology into the mainstream through pilot projects and product development efforts.
The partnership highlights the fluid nature of relationships in the self-driving-car sector. From technology companies to automakers to firms that manufacture components, dozens of players are angling for a slice of an autonomous vehicle market that many believe will ultimately be a multibillion-dollar industry.
The partnership indicates that Waymo believes its self-driving-car technology has moved past the research stage and is ready to be applied commercially.