Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has stated that his company is working on a humanoid robot and that a prototype will be built “sometime next year.” Tesla’s experience with automated machinery in its factories and some of the hardware and software that powers the company’s Autopilot driver assistance software will be used to power the humanoid robot.
The Tesla Bot is “supposed to be friendly,” Musk claimed, but the business is developing it at a “mechanical level” so that “you can run away from it, and most likely overpower it.” Musk has previously expressed his concerns about runaway artificial intelligence. It will stand five feet and eight inches tall, weigh 125 pounds, and feature a face made of a screen. He said that the bot’s internal code name is “Optimus.”
The robots will be programmed to perform “risky, repetitive, or dull activities,” according to the company’s website, but little else at first. (The bot is just known as “Tesla Bot” there.) “I believe that in the future, physical labor will be a choice and that if you want to do it, you will be able to,” Musk stated.
Musk unveiled the robot’s designs towards the end of his company’s “AI Day” event, which showcased some of the artificial intelligence and supercomputer technology it’s developing in the hopes of one-day powering self-driving automobiles. On stage, the company also had a mannequin version that wasn’t operating.
Tesla is probably not too busy manufacturing “full self-driving” cars or autos with half-year waitlists for new buyers. (Or, even worse, does anyone know where Cybertruck is?) Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, has introduced a new project: Tesla Bot.
Tesla Bot is a 5’8″ humanoid robot that weighs 125 pounds. The goal is to launch sometime next year.
(Of course, complete self-driving has also been promised for years.)
Musk went out of his way to convince individuals who grew up watching movies about killer robots that this isn’t deadly.
“We’re setting it up such that you can run away from it on a mechanical, physical level,” Musk, who has cautioned about the perils of AI, stated. “And, more than likely, it will be overpowered.”
It’s meant to be welcoming and help people navigate a world designed for them. It won’t be a military or industrial threat because it weighs only 125 pounds and has a 45-pound carrying capacity. The top speed will be five miles per hour, and the maximum weight that can be lifted with outstretched arms will be ten pounds.
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The Tesla Bot, on the other hand, can deadlift 150 pounds.
It will have “human-level hands,” a helpful information panel on its “face,” and 40 electromechanical actuators: 12 in the arms, two in the neck and chest, 12 in the legs, and 12 in the hands.
Musk characterized it as a reasonable next step for the forward-thinking automaker.
“Because our cars are semi-sentient robots on wheels,” Musk added, “Tesla is perhaps the world’s largest robotics firm.” “With the entire self-driving computer, the inference engine on the car, which we’ll keep upgrading… neural nets, recognizing the world, understanding how to navigate through the world… it kind of makes sense to put that into a humanoid shape,” says the researcher.
Tesla Bot will use Tesla’s complete self-driving computer, autopilot cameras, and the company’s full suite of AI tools, including neural net planning, object auto-labeling, simulation, and more.
It’ll be fascinating to see if investors agree this is the next logical step.
In any case, it is on its way.