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Tesla is working on humanoid robots

Tesla is working on humanoid robots

Elon Musk announced that his company is creating the Tesla Bot, based on the company’s experience with automated machinery in its factories as well as Autopilot hardware and software in cars.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company is working on a humanoid robot and will build a prototype “next year”. Humanoid Tesla Bot will use Tesla’s experience in using automated machinery in its factories, as well as some of the hardware and software that power the Autopilot driver assistance software.

Musk, who has repeatedly spoken of his fear of uncontrolled AI, said Tesla Bot “is supposed to be friendly.” Forma designs the robot on a “mechanical level” so that “it can be escaped and most likely incapacitated.” It will be five feet eight inches tall (approx. 173 cm), weigh 125 pounds (approx. 57 kg), and will have a display in the face area. He said the company’s bot codename was “Optimus”.

The robots will be designed to handle “tasks that are dangerous, repetitive or boring,” the company’s website says, but we don’t know much about the robot yet, at least at this stage. (There the bot is simply called “Tesla Bot”).

I think in the future, manual labor will be a choice, if you want to do it then you can, Musk said.

At the end of the “AI Day” event, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla Bot designs that revealed some of the artificial intelligence and supercomputing technologies he is working on to power autonomous cars one day. The company also had a dummy version on stage that didn’t work.

Tesla’s history is littered with fancy ideas that never worked – such as a solar-powered Supercharger, battery replacement, or snake-shaped robotic chargers – so we can’t be sure a working Tesla Bot will ever see the light of day.

But Elon Musk likes to imagine different visions that benefit his business. When asked about a short-term plan to enter the robotics industry, Musk said “we have yet to find out.”

You can watch the entire Tesla AI Day event on August 20, 2021 below:

source: Tesla | The Verge