Tesla’s Artificial Intelligence Day opened with some significant news on Thursday night. According to Elon Musk, the company is building a humanoid robot, and a prototype may be available next year!
Musk said that robots would have a “far-reaching” impact on the economy. He noted that manual labor is an option and requires a basic income for all people.
Musk is one of the leaders of Silicon Valley. He warned that technology might eliminate jobs for many people so that some people will need another source of income.
According to Musk, the robot is an extension of Tesla’s self-driving cars. The humanoid robot will navigate through eight cameras and computer chips, same as in Tesla’s vehicles.
Musk said that the robot would stand 5 feet 8 inches tall, weigh 125 pounds, carry 45 pounds, and move at a speed of up to 5 miles per hour.
In fact, Musk said that Tesla would first give the robot five fingers per hand, but this may change.
Musk said on AI Day that Tesla wants to show more than just an electric car company.
Another major news about Tesla related to artificial intelligence is that the company has launched a custom chip for training artificial intelligence networks in data centers.
Tesla’s computer chips are entirely designed and manufactured in-house. The company is using this chip to run its supercomputer Dojo.
Most of Tesla’s AI architecture relies on Dojo. According to Elon Musk, this training computer processes significant amounts of camera imaging data. Its speed is four times faster than other computing systems.
The idea of this project is for Tesla customers to receive Dojo-trained AI software through wireless updates.
Senior Director of Autopilot Hardware, Ganesh Venkataramanan, noted that the D1 chip is part of Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer system.
It uses a 7-nanometer manufacturing process and has a processing capacity of 362 teraflops. Venkataramanan said that Tesla placed 25 of these chips on a “training block,” 120 were placed in several server cabinets, totaling more than $100 million in power.
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