Autopilot Everywhere: Automation Could Lead to Unmanned Commercial Flight

Complete video available for free at: http://fora.tv/2012/05/01/WIRED_Business_Conference_Drones_Tractors__Beyond

MIT Professor Missy Cummings discusses how new developments in automated flight could change the nature of commercial shipping and passenger air travel.


Wired Business Conference 2012 presents Mary Cummings: Fighter Pilots and the Power of Drones. This program was recorded on May 1, 2012. To view more videos from this event, visit http://fora.tv/conference/wired_business_conference_2012

On May 1, 2012, WIRED gathered together thought-leaders for ground-breaking discussions on disruptive business practices, ideas, and innovations. This year, Founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Inventor and Chief Engineer at Dyson, James Dyson, and President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally took the stage as the keynote speakers—sparking thoughtful conversation with WIRED’s editors and joining the likes of past speakers Bill Gates, Reed Hastings, Martha Stewart, Jeff Immelt, Jeff Bezos, Michael R. Bloomberg, and Howard Schultz.

Mary “Missy” Cummings is an associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. In 2004 she founded the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL), devoted to researching and improving the interaction between humans and complex autonomous systems. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Cummings spent a decade in the military, becoming one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots. After earning a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, she joined MIT, where, among other things, she’s working to design better supervisory control systems for autonomous aircraft. In addition to teaching in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, Cummings also holds appointments in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.



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