Saturday, December 21, 2019

Flying "Cars": Kitty Hawk

Inspirational interviews with Sebastian Thrun,
Stanford professor of AI,
who lead the team that won first DARPA self driving vehicles challenge,
Google director of research who started self-driving project there.
Online teacher of first MOOC (online class) attended with 120 000 people (me included :)
Co-founder of Udacity online university
where he is teaching self-driving car class (that I also attended).

Now, Sebastian is taking self-driving technology to the air,
and with support of Larry Page (Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO)
they already have working platform, see video below.

The Future of Flight with Sebastian Thrun (Kitty Hawk) - YouTube

"most of energy in flight is spent on (air) drag, not on lift (staying in air)."
"it is 3 times more efficient than Tesla, and Tesla is very efficient"
"it is 10 times faster than car in regular traffic"

Sebastian Thrun: Flying Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and Education | MIT | Artificial Intelligence Podcast

Sebastian Thrun: Flying Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and Education | Artificial Intelligence Podcast

44:00 ...average value of self-driving engineer in acquired startups is $10M!
Many of those engineers attended his Udacity class. Good investment!

Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun talks 'Artificial Intelligence – Friend or Foe?' | ETGBS 2019 - YouTube

What AI is -- and isn't | Sebastian Thrun and Chris Anderson

Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun's Big Bet on Artificial Intelligence YouTube
competition: Boeing, Uber with Airtbus, ...
those flying vehicles apparently need LESS energy than cars, since they fly in straight line...

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