Elon Musk promises updates including Two-Factor Authentication, Potholes detection for Tesla

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk usually takes to social media, preferably the micro-blogging site Twitter to launch products, make promises, connect with fans, and troll someone. He leaves us no choice but to admire him, especially his Twitter account. 

2FA coming soon!

If the new tweets from Elon Musk are to be believed, the Two-factor authentication for the Tesla app is coming sooner than you think. Back in April, the SpaceX CEO said the additional layer of protection through an SMS or authenticator code would be “coming soon.”

However, on this Musk responded, saying, “Sorry, this is embarrassingly late. Two-factor authentication via sms or authenticator app is going through final validation right now.” Going by this tweet, we can expect the 2FA very soon, even though there is no exact information on the arrival. 

Crucial to the Tesla app

It’s worth mentioning that the security on the Tesla app is vital since it is a critical tool that gives owners control over numerous functions in their vehicles. This includes vehicle lock/unlock the doors, trunk, and frunk, allows drivers to use their phone as a key, turning on the HVAC system, and more. 

Extra security layer

To reiterate, Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) or Two-step verification is a security process in which users provide two different authentication factors to prove themselves. This adds an extra layer of security, making it harder for attackers to gain access to a person’s devices or online accounts.

Automated detection feature

On the other hand, Tesla will soon detect bad roads and potholes with its automated detection feature. In a reply to one of his followers, Musk said, “We’re labeling bumps & potholes, so the car can slow down or steer around them when safe to do so.”

Right now, Tesla is developing a Neural Network training computer called Dojo to process a vast amount of video data. He also appealed to AI and computer/chip experts to join the team that is developing Dojo.

Apart from the supercomputer, Tesla is also working on making the horn honk like a goat. However, it will be available only in feature cars.

What do you guys think about it? Do let us know!

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World’s first fully self-driving car, AI text generator, music streaming brain chip: What’s Elon Musk up to?

Elon Musk is someone who is known well for his eclectic interests, bold claims and the ability to deliver on those claims. Musk is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, and also the founder/co-founder of The Boring Company, Neuralink and OpenAI. With his hands in numerous honey jars, it’s difficult to tell what Musk is up to. Last week, he made a bunch of new announcements, some of which again fall in the bold claims category and are bordering on sci-fi. 

World’s first fully self-driving car incoming

Self-driving car tech has been around for a while now but there are still major hurdles when it comes to taking a drivers’ hands completely off the steering wheel. Tesla is one of the automobile companies which is constantly working on closing the gap and improving the tech. Elon Musk, in an earnings call last week, said that he is already testing an updated version of Tesla’s Autopilot software on his commute to work in Los Angeles.

“It’s almost getting to a point where I can go from my house to work with no interventions, despite going through construction and widely varying situations,” he said. “So this is why I’m very confident about full self-driving functionality being complete by the end of this year. It’s because I’m literally driving it.”

So, it seems like this could be the year Tesla might add Level 5 autonomous driving features to some of its cars. Tesla uses Autopilot software that relies on a radar, eight external cameras, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Other companies such as GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota and others are also working on full autonomous driving technology and aim to perfect the feature by 2021. 

AI-based text generator

Elon Musk’s OpenAI released a new AI text generator last week. The company has made its GPT-3 (Generative Pre-training) language-generation tool available for a select few who requested early private access. The feedback and first impressions on an AI-based text generating software that is said to be still in its infancy is both exciting and worrying. 

“It’s far more coherent than any AI language system I’ve ever tried,” entrepreneur Arram Sabeti wrote in a blog post after testing the software. “All you have to do is write a prompt and it’ll add text it thinks would plausibly follow. I’ve gotten it to write songs, stories, press releases, guitar tabs, interviews, essays, technical manuals. It’s hilarious and frightening. I feel like I’ve seen the future.”

The software is currently in testing and is expected to be commercially released later this year. However, the internet seems to have mixed reactions to the new AI tool as it is also spewing racist and sexist language for standard inputs. Reports of biased AI systems are nothing new. An AI learns from the data it is fed and hopefully, some initiatives could help make AI of the future better. 

Music to my brain

The final bit of exciting news from Elon Musk is about Neuralink’s capabilities. Neuralink is a startup specialising in brain-computer interface (BCI), which is made possible by numerous gossamer-thin wire implants in a brain via a surgical robot. These implants intercept signals being fired by a group of neurons and are said to help accomplish a lot of things that sound straight out of a sci-fi movie.

One such impossible sounding feature is playing music directly in your brain, which has been confirmed by Musk. He recently tweeted about open positions at Neuralink and another user replied to the tweet with a question asking whether Neuralink will let one listen to music directly. Musk simply replied with “Yes”. We are expecting some Neuralink progress updates next month. 

While Elon Musk’s confirmation about streaming music directly into your brain is big news, it is not entirely surprising. Everything we perceive is based on our senses picking up signals from our environment and converting them into electric impulses, with the help of neurons, that are interpreted by our brain. 

With Neuralink directly capturing and sending similar signals, the same effect can be achieved without requiring any external stimuli or apparatus such as headphones or a screen. Theoretically, it should be possible to ‘trick’ your brain using artificial signals into tasting, seeing, or smelling something. This notion does sound fascinating but also terrifying to me at the same time and reminds me of the renowned steak scene from The Matrix.

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Are we there yet? Neuralink progress update next month could give us a deeper look into Elon Musk’s brain-computer

Elon Musk unveiled Neuralink back in July 2019 as a startup specialising in brain-computer interface (BCI). The premise is simple wherein numerous thin wires can be implanted in a brain to intercept signals being fired by a group of neurons. However, the presentation where Musk introduced the technology and talks about the possibilities is definitely exciting. Now, Elon Musk is gearing up to release new updates on the project. 

Neuralink progress update coming in August

In last year’s presentation, Elon Musk said that the first generation Neuralink devices would be used to treat brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, before allowing people to “ultimately achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” The next update on where the company has reached in its milestone will come in August. 

Musk is known for cryptic tweets and he recently tweeted, “If you can’t beat em, join em, Neuralink mission statement.” This was followed by, “Progress update August 28” and “AI symbiosis while you wait.” The second tweet is straightforward and suggests that another briefing regarding Neuralink’s progress will happen on August 28. However, the first and third tweets are rather unique. 

Rather than reading too much into them, there’s a good possibility that the tweets are simply a play on words. Musk views AI as a threat to humanity if its development is left unchecked. So, “If you can’t beat em, join em” could simply mean ramping up our capabilities to match an AI’s, which is one of the things Neuralink aims to ultimately accomplish. 

What to expect

it’s not yet known what could be unveiled on August 28 at the next Neuralink progress. However, speculations and rumours making rounds on the internet are ranging from possible to sci-fi. Since Neuralink is yet to receive regulatory approval for human trials, we don’t expect to see the technology in action. 

A video of how the tech has been used in animals could be revealed since Musk previously said that a monkey was able to control a computer with his brain, thanks to Neuralink. But we will have to wait until the official announcements are made as this is merely speculation. 

Neuralink’s Brain Computer Interface uses thin wires that can be implanted in a brain to intercept neuron signals. Intercepting these signals could enable the company to understand and treat brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, and preserve and enhance brain function, and more. 

Musk has also made some futurist claims regarding Neuralink’s capabilities. One of them is making language obsolete within the next decade. “You wouldn’t need to talk…  we could still do it for sentimental reasons,” he said on the Joe Rogan Podcast. “You would be able to communicate very quickly and with far more precision… I’m not sure what would happen to language. In a situation like this it would kind of be like The Matrix. You want to speak a different language? No problem, just download the program.”

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Elon Musk SpaceX Rocket (Episode 67)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses the inspirational news of Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch into orbit, taking Americans back into space for the first time since 2011. The launch has helped cut through all the noise and confusion we’re currently experiencing as a society, lifting the spirit of all mankind.

Tune in to the segment below: 


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“Thank you, Elon Musk, for showing us that the impossible is possible.”

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WJR Business Beat Episode 67 Transcript

Let’s get to our friend, Jeff Sloan with our WJR Business Beat. Jeff Sloan is the founder and CEO of StartupNation. You hear him on the weekends on WJR. He spotlights the entrepreneurial tech and startup community and he does that every morning with us at about this time every morning.

One of his messages now: don’t miss the positive, bright spots that are out there.

Morning, Jeff.

Good morning, Paul.

In the midst of the generational crisis we’re facing with COVID-19, which has killed hundreds of thousands and afflicted millions worldwide, shuttered businesses, created record unemployment and crushed dreams, and during a time in which social crisis and unrest created by actions, that call into question our very nature as human beings, came this…

Five, four, three, two, one zero.

Cutting through all the noise and confusion we are currently experiencing as a society, a Falcon rocket pierced the bounds of gravity and lifted two NASA astronauts into space. And by doing so, lifted the spirit of America and of all mankind, giving us a reason to believe in ourselves again.

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, Inc., among other visionary endeavors, dared to dream big. And on the back of his vision, leadership and exacting execution, not only took America back into space, he opened the heavens to new research and business opportunities based on public private partnerships, which will be a gateway for other bold visionaries and entrepreneurs to follow.

Thank you, Elon Musk, for showing us that the impossible is possible.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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