Last Thursday news came that few expected during the Tesla AI Day, it was in fact revealed the Tesla’s first humanoid robot, with Elon Musk himself introducing it by announcing it should be ready by 2022.
For years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been warning people about the dangers of AI-based robots, even predicting “scary results” like in “The Terminator”, but now he seems to take matters into his own hands before the humanity is overwhelmed.
Musk stated that the “Tesla Bot“, The humanoid robot, is designed to be friendly and will perform tasks considered “boring, repetitive and dangerous”, as well as being able to carry out housework like going to the store for groceries or helping repair cars, but on a broader level he predicts the creation will have “profound implications” for the economy.
“In the future, physical work will be a choice. If you want to do it, you can, but you won’t need it. “
Elon Musk said and then added:
“If you think about what we are doing right now with cars, Tesla is arguably the largest robotics company in the world, because cars are like semi-sentiment, robots on wheels ”.
The humanoid robot, with codenamed Optimus, will be about 173 cm (5 feet 8 inches) tall and will weigh ~ 57kg (125 lbs) e will have a screen with useful information, in addition to having an autopilot system, eight cameras and it will run at around 5mph, so users will “most likely overwhelm it.”
The announcement of the humanoid robot comes in the course of a formal U.S. government investigation into Tesla Autopilot’s partially automated driving system after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles, much more serious than it already happened in 2020, with problems.
The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, almost everything Tesla has sold in the US since the Model range began selling in 2014.
Elon Musk also announced that the prototype of the humanoid robot will be completed in 2022, although the billionaire entrepreneur is known for exceeding their publicly stated deadlines on big, flashy projects.
For example, in 2016, Musk promised self-driving vehicles by 2018, writing on Twitter (the post you will find below) “In about 2 years, the convocation should work wherever it is connected by land and not blocked by borders, for example. example you are in Los Angeles and the car is in New York. “
In ~ 2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land & not blocked by borders, eg you’re in LA and the car is in NY
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2016
When that didn’t happen, the billionaire entrepreneur promised Tesla would supply the streets with 1 million “Robotaxis” by 2020, and then, last spring, tone it down during Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call, noting that “punctuality is not my forte“.
Musk said Tesla’s autonomous vehicles will hit the market shortly after gaining regulatory approval in the US, although it’s unclear how his robot will cope with regulation, but one thing is certain: Musk insists that he will be lovable.
“He wants to be friendly, of course, and navigates a world built for humans.”
Musk said during the Tesla Bot announcement.
The sentiment – and, for that matter, the whole nature of the announcement – could surprise anyone familiar with public opinionMusk’s longstanding history of AI-based robots.
Elon Musk and the relationship with the humanoid robot
While Musk is known for his support and development of artificial intelligence, has long opposed the pace of advancement of robotics, often citing a movie released when he was only 13.
“I just like to keep an eye on what’s happening with artificial intelligence”
Musk told Closing Bell on CNBC in 2014, adding:
“There have been movies about this, you know, how ‘[The] Terminator ‘. There are some frightening results. “
In 2017, Musk again publicly referred to “The Terminator,” citing his startup’s neurotechnologyNeuralink – which aims to develop brain implants to allow humans to interface with machines – like preventive tool against a threat like Skynet, the AI antagonist from the 1984 film.
In the same year, Musk doubled down on his warning while speaking to the that year’s annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association, a non-partisan political organization based in Washington, DC.
“Robots will be able to do everything better than us. I am exposed to the most advanced artificial intelligence and I think people should be really interested “
Musk said during his speech.
Soon after, Musk tweeted an additional comment, this time centered around a viral video of a robot running parkour made by the robotics company. Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Massachusetts:
“This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will be moving so fast that you will need a strobe light to see it. Sweet Dreams…”
This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you’ll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams … https://t.co/0MYNixQXMw
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 26, 2017
In light of all this, some Wall Street analysts question the timing of Musk’s announcement about the humanoid robot. Daniel Ives for example, a Tesla analyst at Wedbush Securities, called it a “headache” in a post-announcement report on Friday, comparing the announcement with Robotaxis and other “future science fiction projects.”
“While we appreciate Musk’s long-term technological vision, a Tesla Bot is not what investors want to see.“
Effectively, Musk noted Thursday that the decision to build “Optimus” was not motivated by specific manufacturing needs, but because Tesla now has the ability to do so..
“We are [già] making the pieces needed for a useful humanoid robot “
Musk said, offering no further explanation as to how Tesla will protect himself from his long-standing concerns.