Vice President, United States, Meredith discussed on Radio Specials

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Get started. And these debaters. Welcome do. You are currently vice president of autonomous vehicles at safe. That's a nonprofit in DC, working with state and local and federal governments to better understand to positively engaged driverless cars in advanced transportation, technology. I mean time welcome to intelligence squared. It's great to hear. Thank you. Great to have you and your partner, please. Late in the welcome. Chris armstrong. You are a no name truly player in this field. And by that, I mean in the self driving vehicle industry after fifteen years at work in this, you helped to develop Google self driving car program. You are now the CEO and co founder of Aurora. Great to have you here, Chris. Thanks for having me. It's an honor to be here. It's a pleasure to have you as well as another on the team arguing for the resolution all hail the driverless car. And of course, we have to debaters arguing against this resolution. I please welcome Meredith through side. You work where artifice intelligence crosses lines with journalism. You're wants developing software for AT, and T bell labs, and MIT now teach data journalism at New York University. Thanks for joining us creativity here. I think it's great to have you as well. Partner legitimate actually newness. Your senior researcher at Harvard end at MIT. You're an expert in Transportation, Safety and regulatory policy in behavioral economics, you write extensively, you lecture globally on the changes facing the transportation industry. We're so glad to have your athlete. Thank you for having me. And so to the debate we go in three rounds are first round, we'll be opening statements by each debater in turn speaking, I four the resolution, all hail the driverless car here is been regulation expert and vice president of autonomous vehicles at safe. Amitai been noon. To advance and create a better future. We must pursue deeper understanding of nature and embraced the potential of technology. We are lucky to be alive today. My life and your life are far better off than if we were born one hundred years ago, or two hundred years ago, life expectancy today in the US at birth is approaching eighty years, one hundred years ago that was in the forties. Two hundred years ago you could expect to live to your thirties. When you were born globally, two hundred years ago, almost half of all children, born died before the age of five today, that's under four percent. And then the US under one percent two hundred years ago, ninety five percent of all people in the rural lived in what we would consider dire poverty, the equivalent of what is today, two dollars a day today. That's ten percent and dropping. But even the poorest people today, have a higher standard of living than the wealthiest members of generations past our improved health and economic pests Bertie. It being driven by scientific discovery and technological development, rejecting scientific advancement, bring stagnation, and ultimately, irrelevant as a society, and it is the people who compose, our societies who make the choices to deploy this and apply it to problems to build that better tomorrow. And so long as discovery continues that is half that does not end self driving cars are so exciting because they offer us a fresh opportunity to address some intractable problems that transportation policy and technology had tried for decades to address to improve roadway safety to improve the accessibility of transportation system to reduce fossil us to improve congestion and reduce inequality and assets. The transportation we have these problems because we cannot live without the freedom of movement. Studies show that people who cannot move do not happy to movement at greater rates of depression. And have worse health outcomes. Our lives aren't rich by the fact that we can travel, and we can be more exposed to other cultures. That's why since the invention of the automobile Americans travel- fifty times further each year than they did before. And we get all sorts of opportunities because of that we pay the cost, we pay with our money, we pay with our time, we pay without very lives out, transportation system, isn't accessible, there are two million people with a disability who never leave their home because they cannot drive. There are fifteen million people who have difficulty in transportation because of their inability to drive, I want to share with you. The story of my friend, Lindsey who I've worked with in Washington DC Lindsay is legally blind, and she cannot drive, she moved from car dependent Texas to Washington DC, because the other transportation opportunities in DC letter work, a letter have a full social life. She became inspired by the potential of self driving cars to improve mobility for people like her. And she is launched a policy initiative within the department of labor to use self driving cars to help people with disabilities. Get to work, but we cannot move forward without the help of you and other members of the public. So when I say all hail the self driving car, I don't mean hail, like you hail leader. I mean, you should actively step forward, just like you might hail a taxi and use your efforts, and your strength to help summoned this future into being. So I asked that we all collectively hail the self driving car. Thank you. And then, of course, he's the resolution all hail the driverless car and here to make her opening statement against this resolution journalist and author Meredith through side..

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