Elon Musk Says Tesla Robots might be Important for AGI
Optimus Subprime, I cannot wait to meet you!
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Tesla’s stock become a meme stock in 2020 and the bull narrative on Tesla assumes it’s more than a car manufacturer. That’s it’s a technology company or software company. Now some are claiming Tesla is also an AI company.
Always a salesman on Twitter, it’s of course Elon Musk who is claiming Tesla could help advance humanity’s progress towards AGI. As if Tesla is guiding humanity towards an era where artificial intelligence will become smarter than humans.
Tesla’s full self-driving solution is a product that has not matured on pace to the promises of Elon Musk (FDS). So we have to take his claims online with a grain of salt. But what’s going on here?
AGI along with Mars are two of the biggest pet projects of Elon Musk. He recently sold well over $10 Billion in Tesla shares that will cover taxes.
Recently, on January 19th, 2022, Elon Musk announced that he is thinking about involving Tesla in the creation of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). This must mean that his AI team on FSD is making good progress.
OpenAI, the machine learning Microsoft firm is co-founded by Elon Musk. Elon Musk also has an interest in the BCI, as evidenced by his company Neuralink. It was cofounded by Musk in 2016, is developing a chip that would be implanted in people's brains to simultaneously record and stimulate brain activity.
If we understand FSD capabilities correctly, it’s widely thought that Artificial intelligence, or AI, is at the heart of Tesla's efforts to develop more advanced driver-assistance features and, eventually, fully autonomous vehicles. But how could it possibly relate to AGI?
This story was trending on an article based on Electrek.
Through this “real-world application,” the company has also been able to attract world-class AI talent, and Musk boasts that Tesla has the best AI team on the planet.
He describes Tesla’s fleet of vehicles equipped with sensors and computers for self-driving as “robots on wheels.”
It’s a bit of a stretch to assume self-driving robo-taxis could lead to AGI. Even among the most optimistic AI enthusiasts this sounds a bit absurd.
In a recent tweet, he claimed out of nowhere that his car company’s recently-teased humanoid robot, Optimus, “might play a role” in bringing about artificial general intelligence (AGI) — a term meaning AI that meets or even surpasses the intelligence of a human being.
“Robots on Wheels”
Elon Musk has dubbed the electric vehicles of Tesla as "robots on wheels" due to its plethora of sensors for its self-driving feature that is still in a beta testing phase.
It’s widely debated whether LiDAR based sensor systems or other approaches to robo-taxis will dominate.
For those not steeped in Elonspeak, here’s a translation. Tesla’s AI research and development department, tasked with making the company’s self-driving cars smarter, may soon have a hand in making sentient AI a reality. It’s a cryptic and illuminating piece of Twitter banter by the greatest influencer alive on Twitter.
I used to take Elon Musk’s opinions on AI seriously, however that time has long since past.
I cannot always make sense of Elon Musk’s crypto warnings and ambitions about artificial intelligence, can you?
Of course many Silicon Valley pundits believe in the Singularity, a time when AI explodes in intelligence so fast as to practically make humanity obsolete.
Elon Musk wants Tesla to be seen as “much more than an electric car company.” Tesla could very well pivot into becoming a robotics company, but AGI supposes a quantum leap in the capabilities of artificial intelligence.
Musk believes his Tesla Optimus is the car’s AI that will incorporate information and data from its surroundings in real-time, and become even smarter once the Optimus robots are launched.
Optimus was unveiled in August, 2021 and will be a full humanoid robot. It is worth noting that Musk gave the Tesla Bot project a codename that goes by Optimus or Optimus Subprime. Though we don’t know if it was a joke or a real future product of Tesla. Elon Musk appears to like publicity stunts either stoking or warning about dangerous AI of the future.
Tesla’s Weird AI Day Back in August, 2021
The short version is that after the Tesla engineers and executives talked about computer vision, the Dojo supercomputer and the Tesla chip, there was a brief interlude where what appeared to be an alien go-go dancer appeared on the stage, dressed in a white body suit with a shiny black mask as a face.
It turns out, this wasn’t just a Tesla stunt, but rather an intro to the Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot that Tesla is actually building. As a kid who watched the Transformers show as a cartoon, I have nothing against the name Optimus Subprime.
Decentralized Control over the Robots will be Critical
For Elon Musk and other public personalities the idea that robots and AGI would turn against humanity “Terminator” style. Elon Musk mentioned the importance of “decentralization” here.
The comment was made in response to someone mentioning “summoning the demon,” which is what Musk referred to as creating an AGI that would turn against humanity.
Decentralizing the control of Tesla Bots would avoid giving this “demon” access to an army – much like a Terminator-like scenario.
At Tesla's AI Day, Tesla announced the arrival of Dojo, its supercomputer designed entirely in-house. Dojo is a supercomputer by virtue of its complexity and speed but differs from other supercomputers in quite a few ways. Like many big budget firms, Tesla AI deserves watching.
Tesla’s supercomputer has a lot of data. Tesla is handling an insane amount of video data from its fleet of over 1 million vehicles, which it uses to train its neural nets. Elon Musk has mentioned that Tesla’s Dojo would have a capacity of over an exaflop, which is one quintillion (1018) floating-point operations per second, or 1,000 petaFLOPS.
If you want to watch Tesla’s AI Day you can do so here.
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