June 22, 2021

EP. 110 — Why Self-Driving Cars Aren’t Coming Any Time Soon with Dr. Missy Cummings

Tesla and other automakers have convinced the public that fully automated vehicles are just around the corner. But what if … they aren’t? Dr. Missy Cummings, AI researcher and director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke, joins Adam to detail the massive gap between Silicon Valley’s promises and the technology’s limitations, and explain the real benefits that might come when we use AI to enhance human capability rather than replace us. 


FACT-110-20210621-MissyCummings-ACv02-ALT-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:02] Hello, everyone, welcome to Factually. I’m Adam Conover. Before we get started, I just want to tell you about a new project that I got that is out right now. It is a narrative comedy podcast called ‘Edith!’ It’s all about Woodrow Wilson’s Wife, Edith Wilson, who incredibly (not many people know this story) practically ran the American government after Woodrow had a stroke. It’s an incredible story from history. This is a very funny satirical podcast about that untold story. It was created and written by Gonzalo Cordova and Travis Helwig; two original ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ writers and very good friends of mine, incredibly funny guys. It stars Rosamund Pike and me. That’s right. I’m in the show with Rosamund. We had a great time (actually we never met); we recorded it at home in our closets during the pandemic, but it came out fantastically and it is out no

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