Elon Musk has hired a new director of AI research at Tesla, and it may signal a plan to rethink the way its automated driving works. This week, Musk poached Andrej Karpathy, an expert on vision, deep learning, and reinforcement learning, from OpenAI, a nonprofit that Musk and others are funding that's dedicated to "discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence." After Stanford, Karpathy interned with DeepMind, where reinforcement learning is a major focus. Appointing Karpathy a Tesla's director of AI research indicates something else about the challenge of autonomous driving: there's some distance left to go before it's solved (see "What to Know Before You Get in a Self-Driving Car").
Tesla has completely shaken up its Autopilot team, and its newest addition is Andrej Karpathy, the new director of artificial intelligence and Autopilot vision. He received a pHd in machine learning and computer vision from Stanford University. Karpathy has mostly worked in academia, but he joined Tesla's artificial intelligence group OpenAI last September as a research scientist. As a Tesla exec, Karpathy said he will look to apply his work with convolutional nets to Autopilot.
Tesla Inc. has hired a Stanford University computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence and deep learning to lead its efforts around driverless cars. Karpathy is "one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning," the spokesperson said. Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed the company's efforts around what he called "autonomous systems," and called driverless cars "the mother of all AI projects." The hire comes as Tesla's lead of Autopilot software, Chris Lattner, earlier this week announced he was leaving the company after six months on the job.
Earlier this year Tesla announced engineer Chris Lattner would leave Apple and lead its Autopilot engineering team, but just five months later he is departing. Lattner, the designer of Apple's Swift programming language, tweeted "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all," while Tesla announced it has hired Andrej Karpathy, "one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning." He will become the company's Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to CEO Elon Musk, who he may know well from his previous job as a research scientist at the Musk-backed OpenAI. Andrej Karpathy, one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning, is joining Tesla as Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to Elon Musk.
California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant was more than 30 percent higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. A recent email Musk sent to employees indicates just how seriously he's taking the issue. Emotional intelligence, the ability to make emotions work for you instead of against you, is an essential quality of effective leaders. To personally meet every injured employee and actually learn how to perform the task that caused that person's injury is remarkable for the CEO of any company.
Musk reportedly plans to spend 3-5% of his work time on Neuralink, which will develop technology to integrate brains and computers as a way to fix medical problems and eventually supercharge human cognition. That potential has clearly captured Musk's interest, but this new project also seems to stem from his concerns about super-intelligent artificial intelligence (AI). Urban wrote an excellent 38,000 word post about Neuralink and AI's existential threat to humanity, but he gave a short version of this idea to author Virginia Heffernan in a conversation hosted by Heleo: "Elon is very nervous about AI, and rightly so. "We already have a digital tertiary layer in a sense, in that you have your computer or your phone or your applications," Musk told Urban.
In addition to machine learning and natural language processing, artificial intelligence (AI) has seen significant growth in the last decade in terms of what can be accomplished with zero human interactions. Whether or not artificial intelligence advances occur within the predicted timeframe will probably depend upon policies and regulations. To date, there have been more than 30,000 chatbots developed on the Facebook Messenger platform, offering up customer service and, more recently, payment options. Tech giants like Facebook are pushing the envelope for what's possible in the smart technology arena, but analyst firm Gartner predicted 85 percent of all customer interactions with the enterprise will involve zero human interaction.
While Elon Musk, the famed Tesla and SpaceX CEO, has never been shy to express concerns about how A.I. A Twitter user sent Musk a Business Insider post about Tesla's new "summon" feature for its cars. Automation essentially refers to the ability of machines to perform programmed functions automatically, without a human on the controls. That's why people like Musk have expressed real concerns about A.I.
In March, Musk launched Neuralink, a medical research company that creates brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). A few weeks after Musk announced Neuralink, Facebook said it was developing a way for people to "type" by thought. Last year the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a $60 million program to develop an implantable neural interface. DARPA's goal is to develop a device that can record 1 million neurons simultaneously and stimulate at least 100,000 in the brain.
In a flurry of tweets this morning, the Tesla CEO revealed the decision to create the electric vehicle company came on the heels of General Motors' recall of its electric cars in 2003. Elon Musk has offered a glimpse into the motivations that ultimately spurred the birth of Tesla In a flurry of tweets this morning, the Tesla CEO revealed the decision to create the electric vehicle company came on the heels of General Motors' recall of its electric cars in 2003 On Twitter, Musk also revealed that, while the company still has a'long way to go,' Tesla has convinced'most of the auto industry' to start their own EV programs. On Twitter, Musk also revealed that, while the company still has a'long way to go,' Tesla has convinced'most of the auto industry' to start their own EV programs While skeptical users argued that Tesla's charging stations still rely on energy from fossil fuels, Musk revealed that all of the firm's Superchargers are in the process of being converted to solar/battery power Earlier this week, however, Musk shed an amusing sliver of light on his personal preferences, telling the Twitterverse: 'f* underwear.' Musk also responded to users on Twitter ahead of Tesla's Shareholders Meeting, after the firm tweeted asking the community to send in questions they'd like to hear answered.