Elon Musk to Speak at World AI Conference in Shanghai

Elon Musk to Speak at World AI Conference in Shanghai

The World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) is scheduled to occur in Shanghai from July 4th to July 7th, 2024. The theme for this year is “Governing AI for Good and for All,” and the event will span a massive exhibition area of 52,000 square meters.

One of the most eagerly awaited moments of the conference is the appearance of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. Musk is slated to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony, though it remains uncertain whether he will be present in person or will participate via video. Historically, Musk has attended WAIC in person in 2019 and sent video messages in 2021 and 2022.

Tesla’s Showcase and Premier’s Speech

Musk’s recent visit to China in April 2024, during which he met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing, adds further significance to his role in the conference. During this visit, they discussed Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) software and data-transfer permissions. Premier Li Qiang is also expected to deliver a speech at WAIC.

Tesla will have a notable presence at the conference, displaying its cutting-edge products. The Cybertruck will be featured, along with the latest version of Tesla’s humanoid robot, Optimus Gen 2. This advanced robot includes in-house designed actuators and sensors, a 2-DoF actuated neck, and a 30% faster walking speed than its predecessor. Two Optimus robots are already autonomously performing tasks in Tesla’s factories.

Challenges and Discussions

Musk’s speech at WAIC aligns with the European Union’s imposition of preliminary tariffs on Chinese electric vehicle (EV) imports. Tesla, as the largest exporter of EVs from China to Europe, faces an additional 21% tariff. The company has requested a distinct duty rate from the Commission.

WAIC will assemble leading scientists, industry leaders, and government officials to explore AI advancements, robotics, autonomous systems, large models, computing power, and “AI+” applications. At the 2023 conference, Musk commended China’s swift progress in AI and emphasized the transformative potential of AI and autonomous driving technologies.

With Musk’s involvement and Tesla’s innovative exhibits, the World AI Conference in Shanghai is set to be an exciting and much-anticipated event.

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