Elon Musk is taking the next step in his technological revolution. After solar energy, space and electromobility, the CEO of Tesla is now planning to minimize physical labor from our everyday lives. Somewhat surprisingly, from the man who just a few years ago dubbed AI a great danger now comes a human-like robot that is supposed to take the physical and boring work off our hands in the future.
A few days ago, at Tesla’s AI Day, Elon Musk announced the development of a humanoid robot called “Tesla”. The innovator added that a first prototype should be available next year.
The robot, Musk adds, will be able to navigate autonomously through a world built for humans, taking dangerous, repetitive or simply boring work off our hands. The 1.77-meter tall, 57-kilogram machine is equipped with an autopilot that, like its car namesake, uses cameras to navigate and steer.
The Tesla robot is trained using voice commands. You have to ask it to fasten the screw or show it how to do it so that it can imitate and take over the task in the future. Musk’s vision of the future is that physical labor is an option in the world of tomorrow, but it does not have to be a necessity. Musk, a big proponent of unconditional basic income, sees the development of such a robot as relevant to the further development of the economic system, towards a new and better future.
Whether or not the Tesla robot actually ends up becoming a reality remains to be seen. It is not the first technology that Elon Musk has presented long before completion or even a first prototype, so the next few months will show how serious the Tesla CEO is about his working robot. What do you guys think about it? Is there a need for such a robot?
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