Tesla: Elon Musk details plans to create humanoid robot
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The billionaire businessman, 50, explained how it “makes sense” to adapt technology used to build the firm’s ever-advancing fleet of electric vehicles into a “humanoid form”. The Tesla Bot would carry out everyday menial tasks, such as grocery shopping, alongside “boring, repetitious and dangerous” work, Musk suggests.
Speaking on stage at the electric car giant’s ‘AI Day’ event, the chief executive described how the robot will stand at 5ft 8in tall, weigh 57kg and walk at a speed of 5mph. The Tesla bot will also be able to carry around 20kg and deadlift 68kg.
Musk, who has warned about the dangers of super intelligent technology outsmarting humans, says the robot will not be strong enough to overpower a person.
He told the audience: “We’re setting it such that it is at a mechanical level, at a physical level, that you can run away from it and most likely overpower it.
“Hopefully that doesn’t ever happen.
“But you never know.”
Musk added: “It’s intended to be friendly, of course, and navigate through a world of humans, and eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks.
“It should be able to, you know, ‘please go to the store and get me the following groceries’, that kind of thing.
“In the future, physical work will be a choice.
“If you want to do it, you can, but you won’t need to do it.”
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The Tesla Bot will incorporate chips, cameras and sensors used by the firm’s cars, which assist with their ability to self-drive.
The humanoid’s head will feature eight cameras and various sensors.
Musk said: “It’s basically got the Autopilot system in it.
“It’s got cameras [and a] full self-driving computer, making use of all the tools we’ve got in the car.”
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