AI compresses reality to small vector space: Elon Musk

Musk recently tweeted, "So much of AI is about compressing reality to a small vector space, like a video game in reverse." He further tweeted that Physics formulas are rendering rules.
Elon Musk

Frank Herbert once said, “The mystery of life is not a problem to solve but a reality to experience.” The 2021 version of it could be tweaked a bit to read, “The mystery of Elon Musk’s tweets are not a problem to solve but a reality to experience.”

Elon Musk is a renowned technocrat who is known for thinking ahead of his time. His statements and predictions have made it to the news and even make and break trends. This time it’s no different. Musk recently tweeted, “So much of AI is about compressing reality to a small vector space, like a video game in reverse.” He further tweeted that Physics formulas are rendering rules.

This could be passed as a general observation, especially at a time when metaverse is gaining popularity. Metaverse is an online virtual environment that contains a range of internet functions. It can be considered as a combination of several technological elements like virtual and augmented reality where people’s digital avatars ‘live’.

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While this could be a plausible explanation for Musk’s tweet, a few ‘Tweeples’ have speculated that Musk’s tweet is in reference to Vectorspace AI and VxV. Vectorspace AI is an organisation that provides high-value correlation matrix datasets, using which researchers can accelerate their data-driven innovations. The organisation was born at the Life Sciences Dept of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where the authors developed patents that drive the company’s discoveries for a range of academic institutions. The company developed VxV, data-focused crypto for building correlation matrix datasets that is capable of finding relationships between data and trained AI systems. Interestingly, Vectorspace AI has partnered with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

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Shraddha Goled
I am a technology journalist with AIM. I write stories focused on the AI landscape in India and around the world with a special interest in analysing its long term impact on individuals and societies. Reach out to me at shraddha.goled@analyticsindiamag.com.

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