Sebastian Thrun


German Educator, Programmer, Robotics Developer, Computer Scientist, CEO and Co-Founder of Udacity, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University

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We were initially torn between collaborating with universities and working outside the world of college.

We?re trying to reach people outside the current context of college.

We've found more resistance among students than employers. We have yet to find an employer who won't take them at face value; they don't care much about whether the exams were proctored? Invest in a poor education and you practically need another life to catch up. I see a lot of signals that [for students] it's really important to stay within the for-credit, existing system.

This is for people who say, 'Cars can't drive themselves,' ... These are the same people who said the Wright brothers wouldn't fly.

This is the first step in the evolution of truly automated vehicles.

We believe that the skills gap is one of the most important aspects of things that we needed help with. At this point, we have about 2 to 3 million open positions in this country that require technical skills, and the number tends to grow. If you believe McKinsey, it might be 85 million open jobs worldwide, globally by 2020. And we believe specifically that the technology skills gap is important, first because there are many open jobs. Secondly, it?s also the most fast-moving area. Technology is advancing so quickly that almost everybody today needs to really keep up with technology skills. And to be honest, I mean that?s a big enough chunk for us to bite. At some point obviously I would love to include everything, and I?d love to include humanities and every discipline, but I think for the time being, this is going to keep us busy for a few years.

We had a good day... It has been quite rewarding to partner with Volkswagen on an event that contributes to such significant advancements in vehicle technology.

We have done the impossible. People said: 'Give up it's not possible', but we did it.

We humans usually feel that we are the best at everything we do, that we can safely drive ourselves. But tens of thousands of people die every year. We need to be open to having technology assist us, to find ways in which technology makes us safer.

The potential here is enormous. Autonomous vehicles will be as important as the Internet.

The problem with cars now is that they spend the vast majority of their time parked in the wrong location so they cannot be used by other drivers,

The sort of simplistic suggestion that MOOCs are going to disrupt the entire education system is very premature.

The vast majority [of Udacity students] don't cheat. If you find a way to cheat around 1,000 quizzes, you probably deserve to pass. And if you find people to participate in your place in online forums, you should probably be a manager. As we transform testing from summative to formative assessment, then assessment becomes your friend. You crave to get to the next level. You cheat--and you lose.

These are students who pay $30,000 a year to Stanford to see the best and brightest of our professors, and they prefer to see us on video. This was a big shock to us.

They put it in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. So now a lot of 8- and 9-year-olds know who I am.

This car, to me, is really a piece of history.

It is only a matter of time until consumers have self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars will enable car-sharing even in spread-out suburbs. A car will come to you just when you need it. And when you are done with it, the car will just drive away, so you won't even have to look for parking.

It might fundamentally alter the way we use our highways and save trillions of dollars.

That was a turning point in the race.

It was this catalytic moment. I was educating more AI students than there were AI students in all the rest of the world combined.

That's what Google taught me. Aim higher. Udacity is my playground - to radically experiment and find out. I've seen the light.

It went exactly as I had predicted. I knew exactly how it would react.

The Achilles heel [of MOOCs] is that the retention rates are low. Typically a class of 20,000 might have 500 or 1,000 finishers ? We felt that any solution that only carries 3% of kids isn't a great solution." Udacity has consequently added mentors to help shepherd students through the program and added the incentive of college credit. Those efforts have boosted retention from 3% to 100%.

It won't be a very fast drive going from San Francisco to Los Angeles it might just drive 55 mph, it won't go 90 like everybody else does in California.

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German Educator, Programmer, Robotics Developer, Computer Scientist, CEO and Co-Founder of Udacity, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University