“AI stresses me out,” Musk said at the end of a more than three-hour presentation to Tesla investors about the company’s plans.
Tesla’s own ambitious artificial intelligence efforts had a prominent role in Musk’s presentation of “Master Plan 3,” the third of a series of papers about expanding Tesla and transitioning the world to clean energy.
There was a video of the Optimus humanoid robot, being developed by Tesla, manipulating parts of other Optimus robots as if it wanted to assemble replicas of itself.
The executives gave a detailed presentation about how Tesla is using artificial intelligence technology to train vehicles to drive – an effort under scrutiny by federal and state authorities.
But when one analyst asked whether AI could help Tesla build cars, Musk took a less optimistic line.
“I don’t think AI will help us build cars anytime soon,” he said. “At that point … there’s no point in working for any of us.”
Earlier this week, Musk appeared to confirm via Twitter reports that he is recruiting a team of AI technologists to build a competitor to OpenAI’s text-based ChatGPT, backed by Microsoft Corp, and similar systems under development at Alphabet Inc’s Google, Meta Platforms Inc and other large technology platforms.
Musk tweeted last December that ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot developed by OpenAI that can draft prose, poetry, or even computer code on command, “is scary good. We are not far from dangerously strong AI.” He amplified those concerns for the audience of Tesla analysts Wednesday.
“I’m a little worried about the AI stuff,” Musk said from a stage where he was flanked by 16 Tesla executives, including the Autopilot head.
“We need some kind of, like, regulatory authority or something overseeing AI development,” Musk said. “Make sure it’s operating in the public interest. It’s quite dangerous technology. I fear I may have done some things to accelerate it.”
Tesla’s effort to enable its cars to drive themselves safely is “obviously useful” AI, Musk said.
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Information Source: NDTV