Tesla AI Day: Here's what to expect in Palo Alto tonight

Tesla AI Day: Here’s what to expect in Palo Alto tonight

By Matt McFarland | CNN Business

Tesla will hold its second annual AI Day in Palo Alto, California on Friday evening. The six-hour event will include updates on Tesla’s work in artificial intelligence, “Full Self-Driving,” its “Dojo” supercomputer and possibly a humanoid robot, according to invitations posted in line by Tesla supporters. The event should be broadcast live.

Dojo is a supercomputer designed to train artificial intelligence systems to perform complex tasks such as Tesla’s driver assistance systems, Autopilot and “fully autonomous driving”, which sometimes performs certain driving tasks like directing and monitoring traffic. Tesla’s previous AI Day included detailed technical explanations of the company’s work in an effort to attract top engineers.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously claimed that in the long run, people will think of Tesla as an artificial intelligence company, rather than an automotive company or an energy company. He said that Tesla AI can play a role in computers matching general human abilities, a milestone that many experts say is decades away and may be unattainable. Musk, who has a long history of predictions, has said it could be reached in 2029.

But more limited, easier-to-develop forms of artificial intelligence — like identifying emergency vehicles stopped on a highway — have proven to be a significant hurdle for the company as it pursues its dreams of self-driving cars. . AI powers “fully autonomous driving”, but the system has faced criticism and backlash because it still requires driver intervention to avoid collisions and Musk’s deadlines for his abilities slip year after year.

And this summer, Tesla’s director of artificial intelligence, Andrej Karpathy, left the company, several months after announcing his sabbatical.

It’s not easy to predict what may or may not show up at an event hosted by Musk. Products that are advertised and sometimes talked about don’t work as expected – like when Musk showed off the supposedly “unbreakable” windows of the Tesla Cybertruck, which quickly broke – and can’t even be bought years later. (Three years after the event, Tesla is selling a T-shirt that commemorates the broken window, but it has yet to sell a Cybertruck.)

Musk unquestionably disrupted entire industries with his work at Tesla and SpaceX. But he also earned a reputation for missing deadlines and overpromising.

Last year’s AI Day “surprise”, for example, was a Tesla “robot”, which was just a dancing human in a suit.

Musk then claimed that the automaker was building a 5-foot-8, 125-pound humanoid robot called the Optimus or Tesla Bot and that a prototype would likely be unveiled this year. It’s unclear if a prototype will be revealed on Friday, but Musk tweeted Thursday that the event will include “cool hardware demos.”

Tesla is also working on wheeled robots for autonomous manufacturing and logistics, according to a Tesla job posting for a senior humanoid mechatronics robotics architect.

Musk claimed last year that the humanoid robot would have a profound impact on the economy. It would start with working on boring, repetitive and dangerous tasks, he said.

Tesla and Musk are of course not the first to bet on robots. Robots already handle many factory jobs, and companies like Boston Dynamics have been working for years to develop humanoid, animal-like and other robots for industrial applications.

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