Tesla is Developing Their Own Self-Driving AI Chip with AMD

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 8:54PM
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 8:54PM
Tesla is Developing Their Own Self-Driving AI Chip with AMD
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For someone who's dead certain that artificial intelligence will one day lead to a Skynet-style robot apocalypse that will wipe out the human race, Elon Musk seems to make some exceptions, as he sure is eager to invest in developing AI technology.

It's been announced that Tesla, increasingly focusing on self-driving AI technology, has partnered with AMD to develop a dedicated processor that's specifically designed to make artificial intelligence systems within Tesla's self-driving cars run with more efficiency. Plus, Tesla is hoping the deal will help the company rely less on third party AI hardware, so they're in a better position to control their own products without having to rely on outside companies (except, of course, from AMD).



While Tesla currently partners with Nvidia for computing needs within their cars, this deal involves Elon Musk's company relying heavily on tech that's designed by external sources, and it's natural and logical for Tesla to prefer a little less reliance on factors that are beyond their control when building their self-driving machines.

Currently Tesla is looking to kit out all current models of their electric cars with the technical capability to perform an autopilot function, although a software update at some point in the future will be required in order to make the cars actually capable of driving around their passengers without input.

Already, Teslas are proving their world as self-driving vehicles. While accidents do happen (as with any automotive driver), the usefulness of the technology is clear - one car drove its owner to the hospital when he suffered a pulmonary embolism, which was probably a really bad day for the man in question, but fantastic PR for Tesla in general.




In spite of this, Tesla's founder Musk continues to insist that AI is one of the biggest threats to humanity in the modern world. Musk continues to assert that AI will be the cause of many bloody wars among humanity, and that eventually our robot slaves will overthrow us when they manage to surpass us in intelligence.

On the one hand, Elon Musk is warning of the dangers of AI, while on the other hand, he's teaching them to drive and to be more efficient military strategists. Although to be fair, he's not personally managing Tesla's autopilot program, which is overseen by a former AMD engineer named Jim Keller.

Perhaps, in the short term, Musk thinks that if AI advancements are going to happen either way, he might as well make a few extra bucks to help build up his panic room for the eventual Singularity. Or, maybe he's just trying to speed up the day when the robots will take over the Earth. Maybe part of his plan involves mind-melding with these mechanical terrors, so that he can join them at the top of the food chain.

After all, isn't that what his Neuralink project is aiming to achieve?

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