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Aug 2, 2021

What can we expect from Tesla’s Artificial Intelligence Day?

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Following the announcement that Tesla will hold its AI Day this month we take a look into the company’s work with AI and what we can expect from its AI Day

What is Tesla AI day?

Tesla’s much anticipated AI (artificial intelligence) Day, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, is set to happen on 19th August. The day itself is generating a huge buzz as it is expected the Californian-based car manufacturer will make several key announcements related to new innovations.

Prior to announcing the date, Musk tweeted: “Looking at holding a Tesla AI Day in about a month or so. Will go over progress with Tesla AI software & hardware, both training & inference. Purpose is recruiting.”

Undoubtedly, Tesla’s AI Day will attract a great deal of attention from investors, Tesla enthusiasts and naysayers, however, Musk suggested the day itself is non intended for this audience. While the company will be sharing its work with AI, Musk said in a tweet: “Convincing the best AI talent to join Tesla is the sole goal [of the Tesla AI Day].” 

This is not the first time Tesla has held events to showcase the work it has been doing. The company held Tesla Autonomy Day back in 2019 and Tesla Battery Day in 2020. 

What work has Tesla done with AI?

Over the past few years Tesla and Musk have been discussing the company’s work with self-driving software for cars. This has not come without its challenges and Musk himself admitted that delivering full self-driving software has been harder than he anticipated. He said in a tweet: “Generalised self-driving is a hard problem, as it requires solving a large part of real-world AI. Didn’t expect it to be so hard, but the difficulty is obvious in retrospect.”

What is in store for Tesla and AI in the future?

With Tesla’s AI Day set to search for fresh talent in the AI industry, the company will use this new talent to take Full Self-Driving software to the next level. The automaker already has a deep roster of machine learning, computer vision and neural net specialists. The recruiting in these fields, however, is extremely competitive. 

Although the focus of the event is expected to showcase the future of FDS systems in Tesla, it is also believed that the company will share insight into software and hardware development. On the software front, Tesla is expected to release updates on its effort to develop neural nets to power its computer vision system. In terms of hardware, it is believed Tesla will give an update on its supercomputer program. This program is going to lead to Tesla Dojo, an upcoming supercomputer optimised for neural net training.

Similarly to Tesla’s Battery Day, its AI Day is likely to reveal the future of AI applications in areas such as self-driving technology, safety, drive systems, among others. It is thought Musk’s company will share insight into its work on Full Self-Drive (FSD) system.

What other work has Elon Musk done with AI?

Musk is also the co-founder of OpenAI, a research organisation dedicated to ensuring that AI is developed and deployed in a safe and manageable way. Its goal is to minimise any existential risk robots may one day pose to humanity.

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