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Sebastian Thrun    

Founder & CEO of Udacity and Google X Labs

Sebastian Thrun is a professor of computer science at Stanford University, CEO and founder of Kitty Hawk (a "flying car" company) and Udacity (a global education company). In 2005, Thrun's Stanford team won the DARPA Grand Challenge, a pioneering Government-sponsored race for early self-driving cars. Subsequently, Thrun founded the Google self-driving car project, now known as Waymo. Thrun also founded and ran Google X, home to Google Glass, Project Loon, Project Wing, and Google Brain. In 2011, Thrun developed the first world-wide Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), which started a revolution in higher education. As A.I. scientist, Thrun has authored approx. 400 scientific papers and over ten books. He was elected into the National Academy of Engineering while in his thirties, and he holds three doctorate degrees.

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Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning

Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says more AI is coming to online education, but we’ll still need humans to grade our English essays.

Udacity's Sebastian Thrun On the Future of Education

At Commonwealth Club talk, Thrun discusses Udacity, learning and whether he has ever taken a MOOC

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