The Tesla Dividend: Better Internet Access — Interesting but Wrong

Elon Musk’s newest car doesn’t just run on electricity — it needs a world class fiber network  Source: The Tesla Dividend: Better Internet Access — Backchannel — Medium

This is an interesting attempt to give still more importance to Tesla and very smart cars. “Tesla cars generate about 1 Gigabyte per minute of [raw] data.”

But the argument is wrong. They generate plenty of data internally – so do today’s other advanced cars with their 100+ processors. But that data is thrown away as fast as it is created. It’s part of what I called “dark data” in my report on Measuring Information. Neither Tesla nor anyone else needs the massive detail. Even for deep learning, only a few seconds are going to be useful, per hour of operation. See my response to the original article, here.

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