Podcast: Autonomous Cars, Uber, Waymo, Facebook Fake News

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Jan Dawson and Bob O’Donnell chat about developments in autonomous and connected cars, with a specific focus on Uber’s SF experiments, Google spinning out Waymo, and previewing car-related news at CES. In addition, they cover Facebook’s efforts to attack the fake news problem.

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Bob O'Donnell

Bob O’Donnell is the president and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC a technology consulting and market research firm that provides strategic consulting and market research services to the technology industry and professional financial community. You can follow him on Twitter @bobodtech.

738 thoughts on “Podcast: Autonomous Cars, Uber, Waymo, Facebook Fake News”

  1. Not that I don’t enjoy the other voices here at Techpinions, but it was kind of nice to hear more from fewer Techies.

    So, Bob, I can always tell when you produce the podcast and when someone else handles it. One question I keep meaning to ask, who did the guitar work on your intro? And what was the gear used?


    1. Thanks Joe; appreciate the comments. The music was composed, performed and recorded by yours truly on a Mac running Logic Pro. The guitar is my beautiful PRS 513 played through a TC-Helicon Voice LIve 3; the bass is a Fender Jazz played through a Hartke pedal, the synths parts are from a Yamaha S90 and the drums are through the Drummer feature on Logic Pro.

  2. Elon Musk looks at the safety issue with autonomous cars and says that even though Teslas have been in accidents when the software was doing the driving, the data shows that his cars are already a lot safer than the ones driven by humans. I’m sure what Musk says is true but the problem is that the public doesn’t think like engineers do, and a few bad accidents with autonomous cars will scare some people away from them.

    Then again the people who own computer-controlled Teslas love their cars, and that will convince some other people (who are less afraid) to buy them.

  3. I assume there should be fundamental differences in Google and Apple approaches to cars. While Google is building a driver for the cars and wishing to license it, it takes a page from Android playbook. This seems to be the way for them to cross the chasm, pushing their software in every self-driving car.

    For the Apple, on the other hand, licensing the technology seems foreign and their sweet spot seems on intersection of car and health. Then they can collect driving data to complement their health data collected by Apple Watch and iPhone.

  4. Can we discuss new-media fake news w/o discussing old-media fake news and beyond that, political lies and science-based education ?

    The current hooplah about fake news in the US reminds me of “first they came for…”. The current situation is (hopefully) the culmination of a decades-long movement. Colbert coined “‘truthiness” over 10 yrs ago, and that was commentary on a much older issue.

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