If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Ignore the noise about a "Terminator scenario" in which machines become self-aware and seek to destroy their flawed human masters. Those of us who live and work in the "salt mines" of machine learning and artificial intelligence are almost universally unafraid. Still, a few well-known technical folk heroes continue to push this "sky is falling" narrative. The most prolific of them is Elon Musk, famed founder of Tesla and SpaceX. Not only do I think he's wrong, I think his own company, Tesla Motors, is a compelling proof point against his argument.
Warnings about artificial intelligence launching World War III--including a few flares sent up by Elon Musk--are an unfair scourge on an AI sector that sees itself making life easier and helping traditional companies survive. That's the view of Chris Boos, chief executive officer of Germany-based software firm Arago, who told MarketWatch in an interview that anything produced by a process can, should and will be run by AI, allowing human beings to be the creative thinkers and doers they were designed to be. Arago advises mostly non-tech, established-economy Fortune 500 businesses on their AI adoption. "Within the next 2-3 years AI will be able to run any business process, which makes AI one -- potentially the only one -- defensive measure the established economy has against intrusion from the high-tech world," said Boos. For now, the sci-fi hyperbole can wait.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed his electric car company is working on its own artificial intelligence computer chips that he claims could be "the best in the world." At a private event in California on Thursday, Musk said Tesla engineer Jim Keller is working on artificial intelligence that will presumably be implemented in the company's self-driving car technology. "I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts," Musk said, according to the technology news site The Register. "We are developing custom AI hardware chips… Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world." Musk's comments followed reports from CNBC earlier this week that Tesla is working with chip maker AMD to develop its own self-driving hardware.
At a party on the fringe of the year's biggest AI conference, Elon Musk put an end to rumors about his automaker's ambitions for AI hardware. According to people invited to the event, Musk said he "wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts." He added, "We are developing custom AI hardware chips." He was joined on stage by Jim Keller, an engineer involved with developing silicon at AMD and Apple who joined Tesla last year, as well as Andrej Karpathy, Tesla's director of AI, and Shivon Zilis, a partner at venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta. Rumors have swirled about the possibility of Tesla's building its own machine-learning chips since we explained last year that the firm had split with its original AI hardware supplier, MobilEye, after an accident involving Tesla's AutoPilot technology.
Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla is developing its own custom artificial intelligence (AI) chip to support the company's next generation of self-driving technology. Speaking at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, California on Thursday night: an industry event attended by experts in the field of machine learning and computational neuroscience, Musk, joined by Tesla's Autopilot and AI heads, was heard talking about the company's upcoming AI chips. "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" said Musk, according to The Register. The serial tech entrepreneur spoke of "Jim" and his efforts on developing custom AI hardware for Tesla.
Rockets, electric cars, solar panels, batteries--whirlwind industrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself. "We are developing customized AI hardware chips," Musk told a room of AI experts from companies such as Alphabet and Uber on the sidelines of the world's leading AI conference. Musk claimed that the chips' processing power would help Tesla's Autopilot automated-driving function save more lives, more quickly, by hastening the day it can drive at least 10 times more safely than a human. "We get there faster if we have dedicated AI hardware," he said.
Tesla is taking its self-driving future into its own hands, which Elon Musk thinks will help usher the company into an era of fully autonomous vehicles in just two years. Musk confirmed the company has a team hard at work developing its own AI chips, which future Teslas will depend on in place of the Nvidia units currently used in the automaker's all-electric vehicles. Musk dropped the news at a private company party in Long Beach, according to CNBC. The team is being headed by Jim Keller, a former AMD and Apple chip architect who helped to design the iPhone maker's A4 and A5 processors. A Keller-led Tesla chip project was rumored back in September, but reports then claimed the automaker was working closely with chipmaker AMD to test the tech, which both companies denied.
Designing specialized processing chips for artificial intelligence is becoming common for serious tech companies, and Tesla, it seems, is no exception. According to reports from both The Register and CNBC, CEO Elon Musk was talking up the company's custom AI chips at machine learning conference NIPS last night, telling attendees that Tesla is "developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world." "I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts," said Musk, according to The Register. "We are developing custom AI hardware chips". We'd heard rumors about Tesla building its own AI chips before, with a CNBC report in September claiming that the company had more than 50 people working on the project.
Tesla's Semi has a famous new customer: Budweiser. SEE ALSO: Tesla switches on the world's largest lithium ion battery Anheuser-Busch, which makes the über patriotic lager, just announced it had reserved 40 of Elon Musk's all-electric big rigs. So it looks like the company's famous Clydesdales will have to make some extra room in the stables for the all-electric trucks. The company claims the order is one of the largest placed for the trucks since reservations were opened on Nov. 17, when Musk unveiled the design. The all-electric fleet is meant to help Anheuser-Busch in its efforts to cut its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025.
A computer keyboard lit by a displayed cyber code is seen in this illustration picture taken on March 1, 2017. The concept of an AI'god' may seem outlandish, but a former Google and Uber engineer is touting the idea of a high-tech'deity' as a way to improve society. Think about how much we depend on Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa today. We ask the AI bot for directions, to check on the weather, and to dim the lights in our house. Few of us know the complex engineering required to make this happen, we just trust it will work.