1. A major focus of your work in recent years has been on the development of self-driving cars. Why is this technology going to be so disruptive?
Cars are a huge part of our society -- a $7 trillion industry that is so much a part of our lives that we've blind to it. The numbers are staggering -- a million killed ever year, an hour a day of our time, and 1/4 of our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are all due to driving. Cars that can deliver themselves to you change almost everything about how we use and buy cars.
Most companiesbelieve innovation is the key to generating new revenue and creating long term sustainable growth. Business leaders also agree company culture is a critical factor to successfully creating innovative products and services. However, even though the vast majority of CEO’s say innovation is a top business priority, only a small fraction are successful. Dig a little deeper and only about 22% of CEOs say they actually have metrics tied to innovation according to a McKinsey study.
It’s not that absurd of a question. And, it may be one you hear soon.
Libraries are an institution. They’re part of the fabric of most cultures. But are they still relevant? Or, are they going to go the way of Blockbuster?
Historically libraries were the source of most information. The amount of information was limited to the physical size of the library itself. The result is that information was precious and hard to access. Today we carry an infinite amount of information in our pockets on our smart phone. Information has gone from precious to ubiquitous. So, if the measure of relevancy is purely information, libraries’ time has long since passed.