Andre Karpathi talks about the meaning of life and leaves Tesla with Lex Friedman

Andre Karpathi, a former Tesla Director of Artificial Intelligence, was the latest guest on Lex Friedman’s podcast. Karpathi, a founding member of OpenAI and a Stanford mentor, spoke with Friedman on a variety of topics, including artificial intelligence, leaving Tesla, and even the meaning of life. For those considering learning more about machine learning, Karpathy has this tip to share.

Beginners often focus on what to do, and I think the focus should be more on how much you do. So, I’m a high-level believer in the kind of 10,000-hour concept where you have to choose the things that you can spend time on, that you care about, that you care about. You literally have to put in 10,000 hours of work.”

Karpathi emphasized that work is the most important part.

“I feel like there’s kind of an imperative about being an expert at something if you spend 10,000 hours. You can literally choose something arbitrary, and I think if you spend 10,000 hours of effort and intentional work, you actually become an expert at it.”

Karpathy’s work at Tesla was an important part of the technology’s development. Having taken time off, he decided to separate from the company, and Friedman asked him to share why he chose to leave.

When Karpathi announced that he was leaving, he said it was a difficult decision and that he did not have any concrete plans. He wanted to spend more time revisiting his long-term passion for artwork in artificial intelligence, open source, and education.

“I think over time during those five years; I sort of made myself into a management position. Most of my days were, you know, meeting and growing the organization and making decisions about some kind of high-level strategic decision about the team and what to work on and so on.”

“It’s kind of a corporate executive role, and I can do it. I think I’m fine with that, but it’s basically not like what I enjoy, and so I guess when I joined, there was no computer vision team because Tesla was just transitioning from using Mobileye, a vendor External, for all her computer vision of having to build her own computer vision system. So when she showed up, there were two people training deep neural networks.”

The last question Karpathi answered was about the meaning of life. Friedman summarized that the two were discussing how to get the Creator of the universe to notice us. “We’ve talked about the universe having a conversation with us humans or with the systems we make, try to answer. For the Creator of the universe to notice us, we’re trying to create systems loud enough to respond.”

Karpathi noted that this might be the meaning of life for some people and shared his own thoughts. “A person can choose their own meaning of life because we are conscious entities and it is a beautiful thing.”

“I think there’s a deeper meaning to life if someone is interested, along the lines of like, ‘What the hell is all this? “

You can watch Karpathy’s full interview with Lex Fridman below.

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