Elon Musk dropped yet another banger for conspiracy theorists by announcing the production of the Tesla Bot. The Tesla Bot is a 5ft 8inch, 125 lbs humanoid robot. It has 8 cameras to navigate its surroundings and a screen where the face should be!
Robotics is not a new field anymore. We had Sophie, the conversationalists, and Atlas by Boston Dynamics giving us an annual dose of awe. Sophie is Conversational Digital Human that has traveled to over 65 countries and is now a Saudi citizen. And Atlas is a working bot but can perform complex physical movements like rolling, backflip, and jumps. The Tesla bot is expected to be a chore-oriented bot having both qualities.
Tesla does not having a functioning prototype yet. But Elon Musk hinted at an official unveiling somewhere in 2022. He also added, “It has profound applications for the human economy. In the future, physical work will be a choice” when speaking about the humanoid robot. The bot will take over laborious work and improve the safety conditions of humans at such sites.
Such a trend of the latest technological inventions has critics on their toes for how threatening they can be to humans. And rightly so, who’s to say such robots will not be enlisted as military assets in days to come? But Musk chuckled at this theory by saying, “…you can run away from it and most likely overpower it.”
The Tesla Bot will be capable to deadlift 150 lbs and lift/move 45 lbs. And for the movement, its speed tops out at 5 mph, which is easy to top over in case things go haywire!
Whether Tesla comes forward with a humanoid robot next year as promised or not, it won’t be long before we see them in the product markets. But where the robot promises to make laborious works safe for humans, it also raises the questions of human employment.