Prof. Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi AG delivered the Tech Titans keynote address at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highliting the latest development on the piloted driving concept and many others…here is the full keynote address transcript at the CES 2014…
Speaker: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your host for this evening, Kunal Nayyar.
Kunal Nayyar – Actor, The Big Bang Theory
Thank you……Hi, how are you guys doing? Everyone good?
Many of you know me from my role as the astrophysicist Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. Now one of my characters’ defining traits is his absolute inability to talk to women unless he is under the influence of alcohol. And I’m starting to think a similarly emboldening effect could be achieved without the alcohol – mind you – sitting in the driver’s seat of some of the vehicles you will see in the next half hour.
It is an absolute pleasure to host Audi’s fourth year at the International CES for two reasons. First, this is my science fiction becomes just plain amazing mind blowing science. And second, I’m a big fan of Audi. When I got my first paycheck from the Big Bang Theory, I treated myself to the vehicle I lusted for a long time: the Audi TT. That’s why I’m happy to do something that’s very rare for an actor to do, okay, willingly and voluntarily accept a role where he’s sure to be upstaged by an inanimate object.
But here’s the thing. The vehicle once relegated to the domain of inanimate objects is becoming quite well animated. That’s why I am proud to join the likes of Dick Van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider and Lindsay Lohan in Herbie Fully Loaded – actors who let the cars do the driving, and if we’re being honest in a couple of those cases, those cars did the acting too.
Notice that I didn’t mention Will Smith in iRobot. That’s because I know better than to cut on Will Smith and besides those driverless concept cars were Audi’s. So it’s all good. But all those films get at what has been an automated fantasy for as long as they have been automobiles. It’s what the word “automobile” actually means self-moving.