brad_templeton Brad Templeton
Networks & Computing Chair - Singularity University

Brad Templeton

Brad Templeton founded and designed the software for ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company, then sold it to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. ClariNet publishes an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers machines.

He has been active in the computer network community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days and in 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world’s most widely read computerized conference on that network, and today the world’s longest running blog.

He has been a software company founder, and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products.

He is a director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading civil rights advocacy group for cyberspace, and chaired the foundation from 2000 to 2010.

He has taught at Singularity University, a new multi-discliplanary school of rapidly changing technology since its founding, and chairs the track on Computers and Networks. He built a system to reinvent the phone call that you haven’t seen yet. He writes and researches the future of automated transportation at and is a consultant to the team building these cars at Google. He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute (A nonprofit Nanotech think-tank) and technical advisor to BitTorrent, Inc.

Session: Talk


Will Robot Cars Save the World?

Thanks to DARPA-sponsored contests and new work at Google and many car companies, robot cars are no longer science fiction; they're coming this decade. Their implications are quite remarkable -- and not just for transportation, where they can offer a mere saving of millions of lives, billions of hours and trillions of dollars. Robocars can change how we live and work, change our cities, change manufacturing, housing. Crucially in today's world, they also have the potential to make serious inroads on our energy and emissions problems. The talk will discuss the merits and downsides of robocars, potential paths to get there, roadblocks along the way and what the world of robocars will be like.

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