It's time to celebrate: Tesla's CEO and co-founder, Elon Musk just shared a post on Twitter that he'll be hosting a hackathon at his house in four weeks' time with his Tesla AI/Autopilot team and "others."
You can bet people will be waiting with bated breath for their invitations by their technological mailboxes in the coming days and weeks.
The whole point of the hackathon is to brainstorm ideas to enable Teslas to become fully self-driving. There's one piece of the puzzle still missing, and Musk believes it's time to complete it.
The original plan was for Tesla's feature-complete self-driving system to be done and dusted before the end of 2019. However, as the company's running behind on its tech development, Musk is taking matters into his own hands and into his own house.
Tesla will hold a super fun AI party/hackathon at my house with the Tesla AI/autopilot team in about four weeks. Invitations going out soon.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020
On Sunday, Musk tweeted that he'd be holding a "super fun" AI party and hackathon at his house in four weeks' time. Tesla's AI-driving team will be there and Musk plans to invite other developers to join in on the party to bounce ideas off each other.
AI developers from around the world have a chance to join Musk and his team by simply sending a tweet to Musk. What's even better is that developers don't need to hold a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence, or to have completed high school.
A PhD is definitely not required. All that matters is a deep understanding of AI & ability to implement NNs in a way that is actually useful (latter point is what’s truly hard). Don’t care if you even graduated high school.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020
What is Musk looking to achieve?
Clear and simple: feature-complete self-driving electric vehicles. Tesla is looking to sell cars that can drive themselves from "home" to "work" under human supervision but without any physical assistance.
Currently, Tesla has the Smart Summon feature, which enables the vehicles to be summoned to their owners in car parks or to operate slow speed parking. Furthermore, it also already has Autopilot and Navigate, features that allow the cars to operate high-speed navigation and lane-changing on highways.
Tesla YouTubers on their way to make a video about the party pic.twitter.com/SLArfvGETb— Stevie Evans (@steviesburner) February 2, 2020
What's missing is the middle section: regular speed driving around roundabouts, at traffic lights, and other regular street-level obstacles.
Hence the hackathon.
Let's see if these great minds will come up with a solution in a month's time.
This is what Tesla Autopilot sees using neural networks that take 70,000 GPU hours to train and output 1,000 tensors (predictions) at each timestep.— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) February 2, 2020
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