It’s not quite the dystopian outlook that many sci-fi and horror fans might have expected, but if Tesla’s robots make you shift uncomfortably in your seat, Elon Musk says you’ve got little to worry about in terms of robot uprisings. Here’s why.
Tesla to be friendly with robots
Tesla is designing the robot at a mechanical level, which means that you can outrun it and quite possibly overpower it if it ever goes rogue. Measuring five feet, eight inches tall, and weighing around 57kg, the robot, code-named “Optimus” so far, will have a screen for a face.
While the robots will probably be tasked with “actions that are unsafe, repetitive or boring,” as the company’s website reads, there’s potential for growth. So much so that Musk said: “I think essentially in the future, physical work will be a choice, if you if you want to do it you can”.
Part of a recurring theme?
Musk uncovered the robot drawings towards the end of Tesla’s “AI Day” event, a day reserved for artificial intelligence and supercomputer projects in the works. That latter term, “in the works”, carries weight, owing to Tesla’s, and Musk’s, penchant for fanciful ideas that don’t see the light of day.
That being said, robots conducting certain tasks on the factory floor is not something out of the ordinary; thus far, the only extraordinary thing is the design. Time will tell if the robot revolution will come to pass, and which side will benefit; us, or them.
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