Tesla Participated in the World AI Conference in Shanghai
Artificial intelligence plays an important role in Tesla's products, from Autopilot and the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta, to its upcoming humanoid robot. In recent weeks, Tesla joined more than 400 exhibitors at a conference in Shanghai, China to showcase capabilities and advancement in the AI field.
Above: A Tesla logo on a Supercharger (Image: Casey Murphy / EVANNEX).
Tesla had a booth at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, held earlier this month from July 6 to 8. Since Tesla is at the forefront of real-world AI and has a massive presence in China, it's less than surprising that the U.S.-based automaker was at the expo. What's more surprising, perhaps, is what Tesla brought with it to the conference.
According to a tweet from the Tesla Asia account, the automaker showcased its cars featuring Autopilot and FSD, along with a prototype of the Optimus robot at the event. Both of these Tesla products are the torchbearers of Tesla Vision AI, which is paving the way for FSD and is expected to help enable robots to recognize the world around them.
Earlier this month, Technoking and CEO of Tesla Elon Musk was tagged in a tweet by a follower, with a retail investor in the automaker reminding him of the rise in self-driving AI progress made by Chinese automakers. Musk responded that Tesla is far ahead in AI, adding that no other car company is anywhere close to Tesla in this the field.
The number of FSD beta miles driven during testing is another big advantage Tesla has over other car manufacturers, with the automaker nearly reaching 200 million miles with the system. The figure was shared at Tesla's 2023 Shareholder Meeting, along with a graphic showing how the miles driven by the FSD beta has accelerated significantly.
The terminology Musk used in his tweet, like Transformers and Diffusion, is far from being a layman's term, or even a tech-educated person’s understanding. But what Musk was trying to convey is that Tesla is constantly innovating and coming up with ways to keep its technological edge over the competition.
This continuous improvement cycle is not just limited to the software updates or AI, but Tesla also practices it in every piece of its product cycle — from factory construction to car design and production, safety, and even deliveries.
However, in the days since, YouTuber Dr. Know-it-All used his vast background in software development and AI research, along with the input from the famous ex-Google employee and MIT researcher James Damore, to explain the differences between Transformers and Diffusion in AI.
Because this is a fairly complex topic, we recommend watching Dr. Know-it-All’s video to understand Musk's comment. However, he also said that we could be totally wrong about what Musk means by Diffusion, though we can at least try to understand.
Above: Dr Know-it-all explains diffusion and transformers and AI per watt (Video: Dr. Know-it-all Knows it All via Youtube).