Tesla Inc Chief Executive and tech tycoon Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla is likely to launch a “Tesla Bot” humanoid robot prototype next year. This humanoid bot is designed for dangerous, repetitive or tedious tasks that people do not like to perform.
Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day event, the billionaire entrepreneur said the robot, will be able to handle tasks by attaching bolts to cars with a wrench or picking up groceries at stores.
“The ‘Tesla bot’, a prototype of which should be available next year, is designed to eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks, such as bending over to pick up something, or storing groceries,”Musk said. He saidinthe future physical labour will be an option.
“The robot will be 5.8 feet (1.8m) tall and weigh 125 pounds (57kg). It will be able to move at a speed of 5mph (8 kmph) and carry 45 pounds (20kg) of weight. It will have a screen on its face to give useful information to its users. “We are setting it up, such that it is at a mechanical level, at a physical level you can run away from it and most likely overpower it. I hope that doesn’t ever happen,” Musk said it jovially while interacting with the audience. Musk said that the robots will have profound implications for the economy, citing the impendinglabourpaucity in the world.
At the event, Tesla also unveiled chips designed in-house for its high-speed computer, the Dojo, to help it develop its automatic driving system. Musk said Dojo will be operational next year.
The AI Day event comes amid growing scrutiny over the safety and capability of Tesla’s “full self-driving” advanced driver assistant system. However, Musk did not comment on that investigation into the safety of Tesla technology but said he needed to achieve full self-driving with higher security than humans using current in-car cameras and computers. The US safety regulator earlier this week launched an investigation into Tesla’s driver-assist system after accidents involving Tesla cars crashed into stationary police cars and fire trucks.