Lindsay, MIT, United States discussed on Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates


You work where artifice intelligence crosses lines with journalism you or wants developing software for AT and T bell labs and MIT you now teach data journalism at New York University. Thanks for joining us. Great to be here. I think it's great to have you as well. Narratives partner legitimate, actually newness. Actually, you're a senior researcher at Harvard end at MIT. You're an expert in Transportation Safety in 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 thank you for having me. And so to the debate we go in three rounds are first round will be opening statements by each debater intern. Speaking I four the resolution all hail the driverless car here has 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're 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 that's 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 they'll voters 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 our economic prosperity is being driven by scientific discovery, and technological development rejecting scientific advancement bring stagnation, and ultimately irrelevance as a society, and it is the people who can pose our societies who make the choices to deploy those and apply it to our problems to build that better tomorrow. And so long as ientist discovery continues. That is a task that does not end self driving cars, 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 fuel use to improve congestion and reduce inequality in assets. The transportation we have these problems because we cannot live without the freedom of movement. Studies show that people who cannot move who do not have freedom of 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 repair. With our time we pay with our very lives. I'll 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 assessing transportation because of their inability to drive I wanna 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, let her 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.

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