Lattner: "I didn't work directly on the autonomous stuff. I'm a language developer and a people manager, and excelled at getting the idea people and the project people to work together productively."My guess is that Lattner didn't take the Apple documents with him the left Apple...
Apple's CEO Outlines Autonomous Driving Project
Apple is focusing on self-driving vehicle technology that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook described as "a core technology" and the "mother of all AI projects" in an interview with Bloomberg Television.
Apple has moved toward developing the technology rather than a full vehicle after it rebooted a secret project known as Project Titan last year that had initially set out to develop a self-driving vehicle.
The project was handed over to Apple veteran Bob Mansfield in 2016.
And that took 6 months to figure out?Lattner: "I didn't work directly on the autonomous stuff. I'm a language developer and a people manager, and excelled at getting the idea people and the project people to work together productively."
Musk: "So you're useless to me."
Andrej Karpathy, one of the world’s leading experts in computer vision and deep learning, is joining Tesla as Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to Elon Musk. Andrej has worked to give computers vision through his work on ImageNet, as well as imagination through the development of generative models, and the ability to navigate the internet with reinforcement learning. He was most recently a Research Scientist at OpenAI.
Andrej completed his computer vision PhD at Stanford University, where he demonstrated the ability to derive complex descriptions of images using a deep neural net. For example, identifying not simply that there is a cat in a given picture, but that it is an orange, spotted cat, riding on a skateboard with red wheels on brown hardwood flooring (http://cs.stanford.edu/people/karpathy/main.pdf). He also created and taught “Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition,” the first and still leading deep learning course at Stanford.
Andrej will work closely with Jim Keller, who now has overall responsibility for Autopilot hardware and software.
Much better fit for autonomous vehicles development than a fairly smart guy that invented a programming language.Tesla hires deep learning expert Andrej Karpathy to lead Autopilot vision
Posted 17 hours ago by Darrell Etherington (@etherington)
And this, as well.Lattner created Swift, the programming language for iOS. I don't know how that translates to his job responsibility at Tesla, but it seems a poor fit.