Elon Musk announced that Tesla was working on a humanoid project and would present the first prototype “sometime next year”. When introducing the robot named Tesla Bot at Tesla’s AI Day event, Musk said he should be friendly and be able to perform “unsafe, repetitive, or boring” tasks. Tesla will use its experience with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques to build the robot.
Tesla gave a glimpse of what the robot would look like when it’s done. The video showed a two-legged robot walking towards the camera and then standing still when the video was edited to encourage viewers to “join our team”. Musk retweeted the video.
Join us to shape the future of AI → https://t.co/Gdd4MNet6q pic.twitter.com/86cXMVnJ59
– Tesla (@Tesla) August 20, 2021
On its website, Tesla said it is looking for mechanical, electrical, control and software engineers to leverage their expertise beyond the vehicle fleet.
The robot will be 5.8 feet (1.8 m) tall and weigh 125 pounds (57 kg). It will be able to move at a speed of 8 km / h and support a weight of 20 kg. It will have a screen on its face to give useful information to its users. “We set it up to be on a mechanical level, on a physical level you can run away and most likely overwhelm it. I hope that never happens, “Musk said amid the audience laughter during the unveiling at the event. He also said physical labor would be a choice in the future.
Previously, the tech billionaire had repeatedly spoken out against artificial intelligence and described AI as a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization”. Musk asked the U.S. government to better understand the latest AI advances before it was too late. “As soon as the awareness is there, people will be extremely scared as they should be,” he said in 2018.
Musk didn’t reveal how much Tesla Bot would cost.