Elon Musk has painted a startling picture of what life on Earth will look like for Tesla customers in the decades to come. Photo/Getty
Elon Musk has unveiled more details about his company’s futuristic artificial intelligence robots, painting a startling picture of what life on Earth will look like for Tesla customers in the decades to come.
Measuring around 172cm, Musk’s Tesla Bot aims to gradually take “boring” responsibilities out of the hands of mere mortals brave enough to welcome a robot into the family.
The world’s richest man has previously said humans must be ready to merge with artificial intelligence, saying our future will lie in accepting a simple fact: “If you can’t beat it, join it.”
Its bizarre Tesla Bot prototypes should eliminate menial tasks and become a regular fixture in most homes, taking care of everything from cooking to cleaning to general upkeep.
Musk is well known for making wild estimates about the actual release date of his technology – he has spent years pushing back the date when Tesla’s self-driving cars will fully replace human drivers.
However, given that we were still faxing and typing on primitive Nokia keypads just 20 years ago, the announcement of fully autonomous robot butlers in 2022 is compelling evidence that humanity is accelerating at a pace beyond our control.
“Tesla Bots are initially positioned to replace people in repetitive, boring and dangerous tasks. But the vision is that they serve millions of households, like cooking, lawn mowing and elderly care,” wrote Musk in a published essay. in China Cyberspace magazine.
In 2021, Musk said the robot – codenamed “Optimus” – will use the same chips and sensors as Tesla’s so-called Autopilot software, which has come under intense scrutiny from politicians and federal regulators.
The bot will be able to carry 45 pounds (20.4 kg) and lift 150 pounds (68 kg), Musk said, adding that it will be able to run 5 miles (8 km) per hour. He said the machine will be designed in such a way that humans can easily run away and overpower it.
“To achieve this goal, robots need to evolve to be intelligent enough and we need to have the ability to mass-produce robots,” Musk continued.
“Our ‘four-wheeled robots’ – cars – have changed the way people travel and even live. One day when we solve the problem of self-driving cars (i.e. real-world artificial intelligence ), we will be able to extend artificial intelligence intelligence technology to humanoid robots, which will have a much wider application than cars.”
Musk said a key feature of artificial intelligence is that it will “learn” and adapt at alarming speeds. In the past, he compared the eventual power of an all-encompassing AI to something akin to a “god.”
He said the Tesla Bot prototype should be ready by the end of the year, assuming his company can handle large-scale production.
“We plan to launch the first prototype of a humanoid robot this year and focus on improving the intelligence of this robot and solving the problem of large-scale production,” he said.
“Thereafter, the usefulness of humanoid robots will increase every year as production increases and costs drop. In the future, a home robot may be cheaper than a car. Perhaps in less time a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday present.
“It is foreseeable that with the power of robots, we will create an era of extreme abundance of goods and services, where everyone can live a life of abundance. Perhaps the only shortage that will exist in the future is that we create ourselves as humans.”