Sebastian Thrun, the man behind the Google Car, and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford, talks with Jason Tanz about the self-driving car."
As executive editor, Jason Tanz oversees the magazine’s print and tablet editions. In his six years at WIRED, he has edited stories on everything from Bezos to bank heists, hackers to high-speed rail. Tanz previously worked at Fortune and SmartMoney, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin. A 2004 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America.
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.
Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University, discusses the Google self-driving car, and it's higher safety standard than human-driven drivers. Despite its level of safety, it still has a tough road ahead of it in convincing people to trust it.