Wednesday, September 20
Living Computers: museum & labs—2245 First Ave S, Seattle, WA—Two blocks from SODO Light Rail Station
5:30 PM—Hors d’oeuvres & refreshments served
6:00 PM—Program begins
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Self-driving cars are coming—and sooner than you might think. What does that mean for the cities, farms, forests and wild places we love in the Pacific Northwest?
Some say that autonomous vehicles will let us we repurpose parking lots and roads into parks, public spaces and maker spaces. That parking garages will become new housing.
Will autonomous cars help us humanize our urban streets—allowing us to convert traffic lanes and on-street parking to transit-only lanes, bike lanes, parklets and wider sidewalks?
Or will cheap and enjoyable commutes further exacerbate the harmful pattern of urban sprawl? Could this lead to endless sprawl overrunning our cherished farmland and wild places?
Are these possible futures compatible with the future you want for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest? Get the answers to these and other questions about the coming age of autonomous vehicles from a panel of deep-thinking guests.
Ross Reynolds of KUOW will moderate the evening’s conversation as these prescient panelists probe the social, environmental and economic impacts of autonomous cars, with particular emphasis on how the urban form may be altered and which social groups will benefit — or won’t:
Tom Alberg, Co-founder & Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group | Legendary venture capitalist and early Amazon investor who is now investing in autonomous vehicle technology. Hear what disruptive effects he foresees in other industries.
Shefali Ranganathan, Executive Director, Transportation Choices | She’ll speak to how autonomous cars can support or detract from conventional mass transit, and what the social equity implications could be.
Mark Hallenbeck, Director, Washington State Transportation Center at University of Washington | Focused on what hard infrastructure will be needed for autonomous cars, and how that infrastructure will build on—and depart from—what’s now in place. Plus he will issue a definitive statement on whether autonomous vehicles will eliminate or exacerbate traffic snarls—or not.
John Lass, Founder & President, Lass Advisory Services LLC | Until recently a consultant with the prestigious Boston Consulting Group, now helps various industries think through a world disrupted by autonomous vehicles.
Moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, Executive Producer of Community Engagement
Seed & Feed is a series of talks by acclaimed thinkers addressing critical issues impacting the sustainability of our region.
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