The Future of Autonomous Vehicles in the City

Every quarter, FuturizeX brings together some of today’s most visionary thought leaders and pioneers to give us a glimpse into the future. On December 1st, we invited you to join us at the Petersen Automotive Museum for a special conversation on the future of autonomous vehicles in Los Angeles with Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy for Lyft, Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Jessica Meaney, Managing Director for Investing in Place, and Laura Nelson of the Los Angeles Times. Opening remarks were by David Ryu ’99, Councilman for Los Angeles City Council District 4. For our next forum, we will be inviting influencers from throughout Los Angeles to discuss the future of our city. More details to come.

David Ryu ’99
Councilman for Los Angeles City Council District 4
Emily Castor
Director of Transportation Policy for Lyft
Seleta Reynolds
General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Jessica Meaney
Managing Director for Investing in Place
Laura Nelson
Transportation Writer for the Los Angeles Times

To Be Announced

Spring Quarter


The Future of Robotics


On November 9th, in partnership with UCLA Engineering and the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, we unveiled L.A.R.A. – the Luskin Automated Robot Assistant. L.A.R.A. is the 1st robot concierge in Los Angeles and the University of California system. We sat down with UCLA Engineering Professor Dennis Hong, creator of the DARWIN Open Platform and Director of RoMeLa, to discuss the future of robotics.

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The Future of Augmented Reality


On October 13th, we held our forum on “The Future of Augmented Reality” to discuss with UCLA alumnus and Niantic Labs game creative Raza Ahmad his work on Ingress, Pokemon GO, and what’s next for augmented reality. Special thanks to Jeffrey Burke, Associate Dean of Innovation and Technology at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, for giving incredible remarks.

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The Future of Transportation


On May 4th, we held our forum on “The Future of Transportation.” Some of today’s pioneers in the field, such as Faraday Future, Hyperloop Technologies, Tesla, AECOM, and our very own schools and research centers at UCLA, came together like never before to give the Los Angeles community a glimpse into the future.

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The Future of Medicine


On March 8th, in partnership with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, we held a forum on “The Future of Medicine” with Peter Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman of XPRIZE, in conversation with Pamila Brar, Medical Director at Human Longevity, Inc., Nick Desai, Co-Founder and CEO of the Heal app, and Dean Ho, Professor of Bioengineering and Oral Biology and Medicine at UCLA.

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The Future of Humanity in Space


On November 6th, 2015, we held our inaugural forum on “The Future of Humanity in Space” in the heart of Silicon Beach with Virgin Galactic, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, and UCLA’s Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. They were led in conversation by Anousheh Ansari, the first female private explorer and the first space ambassador.

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