Elon Musk is working on a Tesla robot that looks like a human but performs boring and dangerous tasks. Unpleasant tasks include picking up food, helping to make cars and screwing screws for the electric car company.
Musk said at 125 pounds the bot will be able to carry 45 pounds, lift 150 pounds and run at 5 miles per hour. The robot will be able to lift 150 pounds and weigh 45 pounds, Musk said, adding that it will also be able to run 5 miles per hour. Musk said the robot was designed to allow a human to run over and overpower it.
The robot, dubbed by the company Optimus, will be able to carry loads of up to 20 kilograms and CEO Elon Musk claims a working prototype is ready for next year.
Tesla boss Elon Musk says he expects to build a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence within the next year that can do simple physical tasks that most workers loathe. Musk said the robot will use much the same technology used in its autonomous vehicles.
The robot is not billed as a special tool, but as one that can cope with all kinds of challenges. The concept known as Bot Optimus is shown in this rendering.
Elon Musk said at the company’s AI Day, an event designed to attract engineers and research talent to the company, much of Tesla’s self-driving cars are applicable and useful for the development of humanoid robots. In describing Tesla’s company-wide AI activities, from hardware inferences to training, Musk illustrated the use of self-driving cars. Tesla’s full self-driving software promises to be similar to cybertrucks, but the final product remains to be seen.
The humanoid robot will use Tesla’s existing technology, but will also be an automated machine (SLV) with software. The robot uses Tesla’s experience with automated machines in its factory hardware and software to power the company’s autopilot driver assistance software.
The robot is based on the same chips and sensors used by Tesla’s cars for self-driving functions, which makes perfect sense. Complete self-driving computers and inference motors already exist in cars, but as we constantly evolve to recognize the world and understand how we navigate it, it makes sense to bring something like this into humanoid form.
Musk added that engineers have anticipated concerns about the 125-pound bot because they have the technology to allow humans to escape when the robot is overwhelmed by an AI humanoid. The Tesla Bot world premiere coincided with an update on artificial intelligence upgrades for Tesla’s electric vehicles. Tesla had their big AI Day today presentation, the progress reports on the Cyberdog and Robopony showing that its artificial intelligence systems are at the point where they are used to its Level 2 Autopilot (the name for the full self-driving beta) – Automatic Driver Assistance System (Autopilot – the name for Self Driven Beta).
As if companies like Solar City, OpenAI and Neuralink weren’t enough for Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk. Now he is helping bring the future to our fingertips with his latest design: a humanoid robot powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) he believes will pose no significant threat to humanity.
At a Tesla personnel presentation late Thursday night, a person in a tight white suit, his head wrapped in a black robot, walked onto a dark stage. The person represented a robot Musk called Optimus, or “subprime,” as he joked.
Musk did not specify the price of the bot, which will be sold to individuals and organizations.
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