TECH BYTE: Tesla Working on Human-like Robot
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t settling for just space.
Yes, he’s done a lot for the space industry, but he’s reaching for the stars again.
Musk now wants to make human-like robots.
He says Tesla already makes robots on wheels – why wouldn’t a humanoid robot be any different?
Musk announced at the company’s recent AI Day that they’re working on the Tesla Bot.
He says it will be friendly, of course, and eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks.
Musk says labor is the foundation of the economy, but he believes in the future, physical work will be a choice. If you want to do it, you can, but you don’t need to.
That’s what this robot is for.
You can run away from it, and most likely overpower it.
The robot is only 5’8″, and 125 pounds, after all.
It’s got cameras, a computer – it will use a lot of the same tools Tesla uses in its cars.
Musk says the biggest challenge with a humanoid robot – Can it navigate through the world without being explicitly trained, or getting specific instructions?
Users should be able to tell it to do certain tasks, like pick up some groceries at the store.
And for those of us who don’t enjoy grocery shopping, it’s something to look forward to.
Let’s just hope Musk makes good on his promise.
Musk says he thinks they’ll have a prototype of the Tesla Bot sometime next year.