SEBASTIAN THRUN Distinguished Software Engineer, Google
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Progenitor of the vaunted self-driving car, Thrun led a double life as Prof. of Computer Science at Stanford, and VP & Fellow at Google. What could be an even greater boon for our world than cars that drive themselves? The answer may be his new venture. After ditching tenure at Stanford to join Google, just last year Sebastian cofounded a new online educational organization: Udacity.
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On average application, trains are the least energy-efficient device for urban passenger applications. Cars can be literally 10x more efficient than they are today (check out the VW L1 , as an example).
The human urban footprint, in the USA, is about 3%. The total human footprint on our world has far more to do with farms, than roading.
Lay off the meat a bit (you eat about 5x more than your body can even use), and keep driving.