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Matt Vella

Smart Cars, and the Increasingly Compelling Case for Why Humans Shoudn't Be Allowed to Drive

Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Rennert Hall, The Kraft Center

In the throne room of the American psyche, a driver’s seat occupies center stage. Half the joy has been the freedom of finding your own way. And yet, Americans' long-standing romance with their cars is about to change as self-driving vehicles become more prevalent. Autonomous cars—from the likes of Tesla, Google, General Motors and Volvo—are rapidly approaching technological maturity. They promise to curb accidents, death, pollution, and congestion. And they may also make fallible human drivers obsolete. A look at how deeply society will be transformed when algorithms take the wheel.


Matt Vella is assistant managing editor for Time magazine and, primarily responsible for coverage of technology, business, and economics. He writes frequently for the magazine on emerging tech, including cover stories on wearable computing and self-driving cars. Before coming to TimeVella was a reporter and editor for Fortune, BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the winner of a New York Press Club Award for feature writing, a Telly Award for original web video and a Webby Award honoree. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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