Elon Musk reported that Tesla is dealing with a humanoid project and it will present the first prototype “sometime next year.” Unveiling the robot called Tesla Bot at Tesla’s AI Day event, Musk said it is planned to be friendly and will actually want 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 shared a brief look at how the robot would look once it is ready. The video showed a bi-pedal robot strolling towards the camera and afterward stopping when the video cuts to request that the watchers “join our team”. Musk retweeted the video.
On its website, Tesla said it is looking for mechanical, electrical, controls, and computer programmers to assist with utilizing their skills beyond the vehicle fleet.
The robot will be 5.8 feet (1.8m) tall and weigh 125 pounds (57kg). It will actually want to move at a speed of 5mph (8 kmph) and convey 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 does not ever happen,” Musk said to laughter from the audience during the unveiling at the event. He also said physical work would be a choice in the future.
Previously, the tech billionaire has spoken more than once against man-made intelligence, calling AI a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” Musk had requested that the US government better understanding of the latest achievements in AI before it’s too late. “Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be,” he had said in 2018.