Tesla’s Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence is on a 4-Month Sabbatical: Musk

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Last night Tesla expanded its Full Self-Driving beta to Canada, marking the first time the test software has gone officially beyond the United States.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been responding about FSD beta on Sunday morning and in response to one question about the Canadian release, the leader added its Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence, Andrej Karpathy, is currently on a roughly four-month sabbatical, or time off from work.

Despite being on a sabbatical, Karpathy is still active on social media, with one of his latest tweets calling “TikTok is scary good. It’s digital crack. First time I feel attacked by AI in the brain.”

Karpathy joined Tesla in June 2017 and leads the computer vision team of Tesla Autopilot, with the team’s ultimate goal to develop and deploy FSD to the company’s fleet of cars.

The Tesla executive has his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, while his Master of Science degree is from the University of British Columbia. His PhD in Computer Science is from Stanford University. Prior to working at Tesla, Karpathy was one of the founding members of San Francisco-based OpenAI.

Karpathy later confirmed his sabbatical on Twitter: