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Elon Musk Highlights Tesla's Supercomputer Neural Network 'Dojo' For Improved Autonomous Driving

Sarthak Dogra
Sarthak Dogra
Updated on Aug 18, 2020, 17:50 IST- 3 min read

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the US EV giant is trying to develop a neural network (NN) training computer called Dojo. Dojo is supposed to process vast amounts of video data for improving on the self driving capabilities of Tesla cars.

“Tesla is developing a NN training computer called Dojo to process truly vast amounts of video data. It’s a beast! Please consider joining our AI or computer/chip teams if this sounds interesting,” Musk wrote in a tweet recently.

For those unaware, a neural network is a kind of machine learning that mimics the human brain. Once developed, the neural network will enable a computer to learn through new data.

As per Musk, Dojo would be available in a “limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks.”

Project Dojo

Through Dojo, Tesla plans to improve on its existing AI capabilities present in the Autopilot (autonomous) mode. It will do so by processing large amounts of image and video data garnered from the humans driving Tesla cars.

The program was first unveiled by Musk at the Tesla Autonomy Day last year. As per Musk, the goal of Dojo would be to compile the enormous video data as well as “do unsupervised massive training of vast amounts of video with the Dojo program – or Dojo computer.”

Elon Musk, Tesla Supercomputer, Tesla Neural Network, Dojo, Autonomous Driving, Tesla Autopilot, Auto News Elon Musk (Image: Reuters)

True to its purpose, the program has been termed as Dojo - meaning “place of the Way” in Japanese. The word is often used for a place to practice martial arts or simply to enhance one’s skills.

Will it allow Tesla cars to learn new tricks about autonomous driving? We will have to wait to get the answer to that. But as the company’s CEO is actively looking for talent to work on the project, it might not be long before Dojo produces some significant results.