Thanks to Tesla's artificial intelligence-based supercomputer, we now have images of a Cybertruck for Mars.
Tesla recently hosted its AI (Artificial Intelligence) Day 2022. While most of the three-hour presentation was highly technical and only meant for specialists in the field, Tesla's principal engineer, Rajiv Kurian, took a minute to show what its artificial intelligence is capable of in the car design field.
To understand how it works, we first need to talk about Dojo. Dojo is Tesla's new supercomputer technology, built in-house using its chip design specialists. The American automaker claims it's the most powerful AI module in the world and responsible for several projects at once. It's currently being used to develop almost everything related to Full Self-Driving and the artificial intelligence systems that will run the newly launched Tesla Bot.
Next, we have something called Stable Diffusion. In layman's terms, Stable Diffusion is a computer program that uses deep learning to design a car using nothing more than text descriptions.
"We expect most models to work out of the box. As an example, we took the recently released Stable Diffusion model and got it running on Dojo in minutes. Out of the box, the compiler was able to map in a model parallel manner in a 25 Dojo dies," said Kurian during the presentation.
We can only decipher about 25% of the quote above, but Kurian went on to show six trucks designed by Stable Diffusion and Dojo.
In this case, Tesla used the system to create what it calls "Cybertruck on Mars." If we understand the science correctly, an engineer would have typed "make me a car for mars," and these six examples are what Dojo delivered.
Oddly, none of the designs look like the actual Tesla Cybertruck, which could maybe, possibly, probably not arrive next year. Even Tesla's intelligent computer thinks the DeLorean-inspired design is a poor idea.
It is astonishing that Dojo could come up with many possible examples for such an outlandish request. Imagine what it would be capable of if you dialed the parameters down a bit. There are several Teslas in dire need of replacement. The Model S has been around for more than a decade.
"Design a crossover with seating for six and a theoretical driving range of 600 miles."
We don't think Dojo will replace actual designers anytime soon, but it could be a valuable tool to get the human brain's neurons firing. Dojo could deliver several design ideas that real human designers can refine to a point where they make sense.
Or Dojo could use Stable Diffusion to design all of the tedious elements. Car designers spend years creating mundane things like center console locking mechanisms before they're allowed anywhere near the exterior. This system could handle everything the designers are not interested in, leaving more time to develop wild and funky exterior designs.