Tesla Bot is Elon Musk’s idea of a friendly humanoid robot that you can overpower, or run away from
Elon Musk has several big goals, the most ambitious of which is to establish a human settlement on Mars. While that is still a long way off, Musk’s Tesla has focused its efforts on humanoid robots. There’s even a name for it: Tesla Bot. Tesla has also provided a visual representation of it.
The Tesla Bot appears to look and walk like a human in the teaser video, along with hip movements that mimic our species. The body is completely white below the shoulder, however, the head and neck are painted black. It shows its face, which is just a blank screen with no face-like features. According to Musk, there will be a display that will provide useful information to people.
If you’re wondering what the Tesla Bot’s purpose is, Musk tells us that it’ll be presented as a solution to our laziness. It’s a general-purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing activities that are dangerous, repetitious, or uninteresting.
In some ways, this could be the perfect robot slave that humanity imagined in early sci-fi films of the twentieth century. Tesla will take all it has learned from its AI team and apply it here. Currently, it appears like Tesla is aiming for a form factor that is as close to that of a person as possible. Musk said at the event that, the robot will be 5.8 feet (1.8m) tall and weigh 125 pounds (57kg). Walking speeds will be around 5 mph (8 kmph). You can make it carry 45 pounds (20 kg) of weight as well.
Given the status of robotics in 2021, all of this appears to be far overly ambitious. Boston Dynamics is still working on making its robot navigate an obstacle course with minimal programming. Tesla’s promise of a working prototype by the end of the year appears unlikely. But, given that this is Elon Musk’s company, expect the unexpected.
But what about the risks associated with robotics and Tesla Bot?
Musk himself has warned that artificial intelligence poses a serious threat to human civilization’s survival. Musk said, “We’re building it up such that you can sprint away from it and most likely overpower it on a mechanical level. I sincerely hope it never happens “
He added it’s not exactly reassuring, but it’s good to know that you can defeat a rogue Tesla Bot, in case the need arises. For more such updates, keep watching this space!