Jul 202013

This Freakonomics Marketplace podcast: Our latest Freakonomics Radio on Marketplace podcast is called “Baby, You Can Program My Car.” Yes, it’s about driverless vehicles. (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, listen via the media player above, or read the transcript here.)

I recently had the good fortune to go for a ridealong in a self-driving Cadillac SRX4 with three of the engineers responsible for making it go: Raj Rajkumar, John Dolan, and Jarrod Snider, all key players in the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab. We rode around a large track that the university has built on the site of an abandoned steel plant in Pittsburgh.


Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio. It’s that moment every couple of weeks we talk to Stephen Dubner, the co-author of the books and blog of the same. The hidden side of everything is what he does. Hey Dubner, how are you?.

Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey Kai, I’m great. Hey, I’ve got a question for you today: how well do you think that a computer would do you job, hosting a radio show?

RYSSDAL: Ha! What are you kidding? You been probing my nightmares? What? That’s not a good question!

DUBNER: Here’s the thing, It strikes me we’re at this fascinating point in history where we’ve all become very reliant on computers, and yet there are some things that humans do – and will always do – better, like radio hosting. But let me ask you this parallel question: how good are you at driving, let’s say?


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