Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, presented the Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot that uses the same artificial intelligence as Tesla’s self-driving cars. Musk’s announcement didn’t include a working version of the robot, but it did include a rather strange dance by a dancer costumed as a Tesla Bot.
Outside of a few PowerPoint slides, Musk provided scant specifics regarding the Slenderman-like Tesla Bot at the end of Tesla’s AI Day presentation. He claims the 5-foot-8 robot will weigh 125 pounds and be made of “lightweight materials.”
Its head will be equipped with the autopilot cameras that Tesla vehicles use to sense their surroundings, as well as a screen to show information. It will be controlled internally by Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) computer.
The robot was revealed following a 90-minute presentation highlighting some of Tesla’s artificial intelligence advances, including the Dojo supercomputer, which helps train cars to traverse metropolitan streets without human assistance. Musk stated, “It makes sense to put that onto humanoid form,”
Musk took sure to stress out that you could both outpace and “overpower” the Tesla Bot on three slides that outlined the robot’s intended characteristics. He has previously spoken out against the use of robots as weapons and warned of the dangers that artificial intelligence (AI) could bring, calling it the “greatest risk we face as a civilization.” I suppose the threats are mitigated if they’re your really sluggish, easy-to-overpower robots.
During a question-and-answer session after the lecture, Musk said, “We should be worried about AI.” “At Tesla, we’re attempting to develop useful AI that people enjoy and that is… indisputably wonderful.”
The Tesla Bot, according to one presentation, would remove “dangerous, repetitive, boring chores,” and Musk gave an example, saying the robot might be instructed to “go to the shop and get… the following foodstuffs.” Although such a duty is not exceptionally hazardous, you may find it monotonous and dull.
Musk, who is known for making wild predictions about the future, riffed on how he sees Tesla Bot affecting the future of employment as well. “I believe this will be extremely profound,” he predicted. “Physical labor will essentially be a choice in the future. You can do it if you want to, but you won’t have to.”
It’s difficult to estimate how long away such a future is, but there’s a big difference between showing off a few PowerPoint slides and really having a working humanoid robot. It’ll be a long time before you can grab your bread and milk from the Tesla Bot, but Musk says a prototype will be available next year.