Tesla is working on a 5’8″ Tesla Bot, with a prototype expected next year. The announcement comes during Tesla’s first AI Day, which was livestreamed on the company’s website on Thursday night.
The bot is being offered as a non-automotive robotic use case for the company’s neural network research and Dojo powerful supercomputer.
“Basically, if you think about what we’re doing right now with cars, Tesla is arguably the world’s biggest robotics company because our cars are like semi-sentient robots on wheels,” Musk said.
He went on to say that the bot is “designed to be pleasant and travel around a world built for people.” He also stated that they are designing it so that humans can simply flee from it and overpower it. It will weigh 125 pounds, walk at a speed of 5 miles per hour, and have a screen on its face that displays crucial information.
Interestingly, Musk envisions this replacing much of the human drudge work that already consumes so many people’s life – not just labour, but also things like grocery shopping and other mundane duties. He waxed lyrical about a future in which physical labour would be an option, with all the ramifications for the economy it would entail.
So, keep yourself holding the excitement and let’s see what tesla brings to us.