Elon Musk Says That Tesla Is Developing Its Own AI Chips
Elon Musk, head of Tesla and Space X, has announced that the electric car company has began work on artificial intelligence chips. The Register reports that Musk made this announcement at a Telsa party that was being held during the AI conference NIPS. Those attending the party told the publication that Musk said “I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts. We are developing custom AI hardware chips.”
Musk did not give any details about the chips, but said that “Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.”
It is likely that the “Jim” in question is Jim Keller, a well-known chip designer who joined Telsa in 2016. Prior to that, Keller worked as lead silicone architect for both AMD and Apple. Keller later appeared at an AI panel alongside Musk and several others.
Musk’s Telsa is one of the leaders in the race to create driverless cars and he believes that we’ll see them on the road within a decade’s time. However, Musk has also repeatedly questioned the safety of AI and warned that the technology could cause many problems if it is not handled properly.
Stephen Merity, an AI researcher for SalesForce, took to Twitter and argued that Musk’s concerns over AI were a bit premature. Merity seemed more concerned over the possible issues of unemployment that could be caused by the rise of self-driving cars.
Even if half of all new produced vehicles are autonomous, it’s 2%/year that would be pushed to unemployed. @elonmusk thinks AGI is going to be an issue before self driving unemployment – thinks five to ten years before AGI beats humans generally. Insanely optimistic estimate O_o
— Smerity @ NIPS2017 (@Smerity) December 8, 2017
It will be interesting to see how Tesla’s AI turns out given Musk’s own well-known reservations about the technology.
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