Newsletter #30 (Premium): Every year Tesla has "a day". This year, it was AI Day, and it threw up a few surprises; Robots, AI supercomputers and the verticalisation of Tesla.
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Tesla's semi-sentient robots on wheels
Love him or not, but the real-world Tony Stark, aka Elon Musk, has a way of getting the world to pay attention, even if he does say things that are often quite bonkers.
Our cars are "semi-sentient robots on wheels".
The latest event was Tesla's AI Day on August 19th (in 2019 we had Autonomy Day and last year it was Battery Day). The event was live-streamed on YouTube in front of a small group of invited guests.
AI Day was a 3-hour demonstration of the Tesla roadmap in which Musk and Team Tesla explained how they were going to make Tesla "much more than just an electric car company".
A key theme was talent and there's no doubt that Musk used this as a recruiting event for the best and the very brightest AI talent (which I can attest to because they just hired Alberto Chierici, a friend of mine and a super-smart fellow who is about to release a book any day now on AI. I've seen it and it's a must-read.)
The Bot that can't run away
The attention-grabbing moment of the day was the announcement of the Tesla Bot. This is a humanoid robot that Musk called "the next generation of automation"...which he said as he stood next to a real person dressed head to foot in white lycra with a black crash helmet on pretending to be a Bot!
But there was a very serious point to this part of AI day because the Tesla Bot will leverage the software and technology used to control a Tesla self-driving car.