Does Elon Musk See Tesla Robotaxis Joining Search For Alien Intelligence?

Tesla Inc TSLA CEO Elon Musk on Saturday envisioned a future where its robotaxis could participate in applications related to distributed computing like one utilized by Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence or SETI.

What Happened: The CEO was contemplating the integration of his ‘Grok‘ AI chatbot with its electric vehicles.

While not in driving, the fleet could be used to run inference for grok queries similar to how personal computers can be used in a distributed fashion while not being used for other purposes, Musk said, as confirmed in a later post.

“Provided our vehicle AI computer is able to run the model, Tesla will probably have the most amount of true usable inference compute on Earth,” Musk said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Even in the future, when Tesla operates its robotaxis, they will be used only 1/3 of hours per week for commute. This would leave 2/3rd the time in a week for ‘distributed inference, like SETI,’ Musk added.

The CEO has been touting the idea of fully autonomous Tesla vehicles functioning as robotaxis since 2019. In April 2022, Musk predicted Tesla to achieve volume production of Robotaxis in 2024.

“We aspire to reach volume production of that [Robotaxi] in 2024. It will be a massive driver of Tesla’s growth,” Musk had told investors.

Musk On Aliens: Musk, also the CEO of SpaceX, has a marked interest in space and has often provided his thoughts on extraterrestrial life.

Interestingly, the CEO has previously said that he didn't think there were aliens in our sector of the galaxy, but there may be some in “faraway portions.” He also said that he would be the first to tweet about it if he saw evidence of aliens. “If we found aliens, probably SpaceX would get a ton more revenue,"  the CEO joked.

Musk released Grok, a rival to OpenAI's ChatGPT, over the weekend. However, unlike ChatGPT which relies on static datasets, Grok taps into X’s live data, allowing it to give real-time insights and responses.

Musk has also announced that once Grok exits its early beta phase, he plans to make it accessible to all X Premium Plus subscribers, making it a key feature of the newly introduced premium subscription level by X.

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