Summary: Elon Musk said Thursday night at Tesla’s AI Day that the company is building a humanoid robot, and will probably have a prototype next year.
Original author and publication date: Matt McFarland – August 20, 2021
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The humanoids are almost here. How soon before they will rebel against us?
From the article:
“It’s basically going to start dealing with work that is boring, repetitive and dangerous,” Musk said of the Tesla (TSLA) robot. “What is the work that people would least like to do?”
Musk did not say if it would be sold or for how much. The robot will have a screen positioned where a human face would be to display “useful information,” Musk said.
Musk said the robot would have a “profound” impact on the economy. He said physical work would be a choice in the future, and a universal basic income would be needed. Musk is among the Silicon Valley leaders who have cautioned that technology may eliminate the jobs of many people, so some humans will need another income source. “But not right now because this robot doesn’t work,” Musk added.
Human-like robots have long been a fascination in pop culture. But creating a human-like robot that can perform human tasks has proven incredibly difficult. Artificial intelligence has improved rapidly, but remains far behind the general abilities of even a human toddler. Robotics applications have been restricted to basic tasks in simple environments, such as carrying goods in a factory, or autonomously vacuuming a home.
Musk’s innovative work at Tesla and SpaceX have disrupted the auto and space industries. But he’s also earned a reputation for missing deadlines and overpromising. Musk hasn’t met many aggressive claims for when Tesla self-driving vehicles would be ready for mass commercial use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the safety of Tesla’s autonomous driving software, and two US Senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Tesla’s marketing of its autonomous drive software is deceptive.
Musk described the robot as an extension of Tesla’s work to build self-driving vehicles. The robot will use the same computer chip, and navigate with eight cameras, no different than Tesla’s vehicles.