During my first few years of driving my dad would always say, “drive carefully, there’s a bunch of [irresponsible drivers] on the road.” While it’s perhaps not Google’s main intention, they have taken the first step to solving this problem. If you have not seen Google’s latest innovation, the self-driving car, then you definitively need to spend the next three minutes watching this video (recently posted by Larry Page via Google+). In this video Google entertains us by putting a legally blind man in the driver’s seat for a computer-led trip to Taco Bell.
Related to Google’s self-driving car I wanted to also share a new venture called Udacity. Udacity is reinventing higher education by offering free online classes taught by prominent instructors. Today’s higher education requires two-thirds of 4-year undergraduate students to incur loans averaging over $23,000. Udacity wants to address our imbalance of education and CS 373 – Programming a Robotic Car is one of their latest free courses being offered in this endeavor. The course is taught by, Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford Research Professor and Google VP who has worked specifically with the self-driving car mentioned above. (He also presented the Google car @ TED 2011). My first Udacity course starts next month!