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Elon Musk tweeted he’ll be holding a “super fun AI party/hackathon” at his house next month.

Elon Musk tweeted he'll be holding a "super fun AI party/hackathon" at his house next month.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
  • Elon Musk tweeted he’ll be holding a “super fun AI party/hackathon” at his house next month.
  • The hackathon seems geared towards bolstering Tesla’s self-driving division.
  • In Tesla’s fourth-quarter earnings call last week, Musk admitted the company had missed his previous prediction that it would have “feature-complete full self-driving” by the end of 2019.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Elon Musk will be opening his home to coders and engineers next month in an apparent bid to attract AI talent to help push forward Tesla’s autonomous driving ambitions.

The tech billionaire tweeted on Sunday announcing himself and Tesla’s AI and autopilot division would be throwing a “super fun AI party/hackathon” at his house in four weeks’ time.

—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020

When queried by a Twitter user about whether entrants will need a PhD, Musk said he’s not even insisting on a high-school education.

“All that matters is a deep understanding of AI & ability to implement NNs in a way that is actually useful,” he wrote.

—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020

“NNs” is likely shorthand for neural networks, a type of machine learning modelled on the human brain.

It’s not clear from Musk’s tweets which of his multiple properties will play host to the party, or how many people can expect an invite. The hackathon appears to be part of a wider recruitment drive for Tesla’s autonomous driving program, as one hour earlier Musk tweeted a call for applicants to join the company’s autopilot division.

Autopilot was also a topic for discussion during Tesla’s Q4 earnings call on Wednesday last week, as Musk was forced to walk back his previous claim that Tesla vehicles would be capable of “feature-complete full self-driving” without any human assistance by the end of 2019.

“It’s looking like we might be feature-complete in a few months,” Musk said Wednesday. He elaborated that “feature-complete” does not equal full self-driving capabilities: “Feature complete just means it has some chance of going from your home to work, let’s say, with no interventions. It doesn’t mean the features are working well,” he said.

Currently Tesla’s Autopilot feature allows the car to “steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane,” according to the company’s website, but still requires “active driver supervision.”

The safety of Tesla’s Autopilot has come under increasing scrutiny since it launched. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a total of 14 investigations into crashes involving Teslas on Autopilot at least three of which have involved fatalities according to CNBC, and last month US Senator Edward Markey urged the company to rebrand the feature, saying it has an “inherently misleading name.”

Source: www.businessinsider.com

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