Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company is working on a Humanoid robot that will leverage Tesla’s experience with automated machines in its factories and that it would build a prototype “sometime next year” as well as some of the hardware and software that will power the Autopilot driver. of the company. assistance software.
Musk said Tesla is “friendly” but added that Tesla is designing the robot on a “mechanical level” so that “you can run from it and most likely overpower it,” while repeatedly talking about his fear of being runaway. artificial intelligence.
He said the codename for the humanoid robot within the company is “Optimus,” and that it will be five feet, eight inches tall, weigh 125 pounds and have a screen for a face.
Company website stated that the robots will be designed to handle “unsafe, repetitive or boring tasks” but little else, at least initially. (There the bot is simply called “Tesla Bot”.) “I think physical work will be a choice in the future, if you want to do it, you can,” Musk said.
Musk unveiled drawings of the robot at the end of his company’s “AI Day” event, where it showcased some of the artificial intelligence and supercomputing technologies it’s working on with the goal of powering self-driving cars for a day. The company also had a mannequin version on stage, which didn’t work.
Tesla is known for promising great ideas that never materialized, but Tesla is entering the robotics industry, Musk has said, “we’ll have to see.”