Elon Musk Defends Tesla’s Current Inability to Recognize Horses at a Texas Burger Drive-Thru

Tesla’s sophisticated cameras, sensors and radar allow electric vehicles to detect all kinds of road hazards, from the intensity of snowfall to approaching emergency vehicles.

But this week a Tesla driver in Texas noticed that the car’s powerful AI systems had a blind spot when it came to dangers of the four-legged variety.

Retired engineer C Biggs posted a video on Twitter of his vehicle as he waited at a drive-thru behind three men dressed in Stetson on horseback, which showed his Tesla touchscreen struggling to recognize the animals.

“Can we make the Tesla software better recognize horses in the drive thru..in Whataburger?”

“This is Texas, you know,” he said, adding “jk” to indicate he was joking and tagging multiple accounts, including Elon Musk.

A Tesla Owner in Texas Asked Elon Musk If Electric Vehicles Would Recognize Horses at a Drive-Thru


About 12 hours later, Musk responded to the tweet, saying, “The car knows something is there, it just doesn’t know they’re horses yet, but it will. Dogs, cats and many other animals will also be recognized.”

Last week, Musk made a $44 billion takeover bid for the social media company and frequently interacts with users on the platform.

A pioneer in AI, Tesla’s CEO oversaw the design of advanced driver assistance system features that use the electric vehicle’s integrated cameras to perform driving tasks such as automatic lane changes and semi-autonomous navigation.

He has also ventured into designing a humanoid robot, Optimus, and this month he predicted that the business will one day be worth more than his nearly trillion-dollar car company.

Its Neuralink brain-computer interface plans to one day enable “human-AI symbiosis,” planting chips in brains to solve all sorts of conditions, from spinal injuries to obesity.

But Musk also gave warning signs about the ramifications of artificial intelligence and robots.

In 2017, he said there was a “five to 10% chance of success [of making AI safe]” and that companies working on the technology should slow down to ensure they don’t unintentionally build something dangerous.

Three years later, Musk said there was a risk that humans would be overtaken by artificial intelligence before 2025.

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