Already at a 36% capacity of the brain, by 2033, Teslas will be smarter than humans.

Believe it or not, we’re pretty close to the point where computers become smarter than the human brain. According to a new study, Tesla’s computer chips will be able to perform more operations than the human brain in little more than a decade if it continues to develop its technology at the same rate. The study by car and van leasing company Vanarama found out that Tesla’s new D1 microchip manages to carry out 362 trillion operations per second. In comparison, the human brain is capable of one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) operations per second. What that means is the D1 microchip is already operating at over 36% capacity of the human brain’s capability. “These chips have been instrumental in Tesla’s existing automated driving functions, but there is so much more potential over the next decade,” the company said.

The Tesla D1 chip.

Tesla introduced the D1 microchip at its AI Day event last year. The new chip has been designed specifically for artificial intelligence and is claimed to process data four times faster than existing systems, enabling Tesla to bring its self-driving system to full autonomy. The study compared the D1 chip with the Nvidia component from 2016 that Tesla was previously using. Vanarama found that it managed only 12 trillion operations each second, which is significantly lower than that of the D1 microchip. This indicates a jaw-dropping growth rate of 486% per year over the last six years. Based on the growth of Tesla chips from 2016 to 2022, the company predicted that the EV manufacturer’s chips will be more intelligent than a human brain by 2033.

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“It wouldn’t be crazy to believe that tech will become significantly smarter than humans in our lifetime,” Vanarama said. “Microchips are currently capable of working the way brain synapses do, with researchers developing chips that are inspired by the way the brain operates.”

The study also claimed that Tesla would take only 17 years to reach the level of a mature human brain from the start of its development, much sooner than an actual human brain, which takes 25 years to mature. For years, Musk has been warning everyone about the dangers of AI-powered robots. He has also been predicting apocalyptic outcomes like in “The Terminator.” Yet, Tesla is now developing a humanoid robot prototype dubbed the “Tesla Bot.” Scary, right?

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