Will Elon Musk’s Tesla Built Robots Kill Us All?

  • Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day on Thursday night, Musk announced that his company plans to have a prototype of the “Tesla Bot” by next year.
  • The goals for the robot are to: “Develop the next generation of automation, including a general-purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring.”
  • The Tesla Bot is being engineered so that “you can run away from it and most likely overpower it. We hope this does not feature in a dystopian sci-fi movie,” Musk quipped.

Greg Evans from Indy100 writes:

Elon Musk has unveiled plans for Tesla to start building their own humanoid robots called ‘Tesla Bots’ and people are already fearing that it will end up like something from a sci-fi film.

Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day on Thursday night, Musk announced that his company plan to have a prototype of the robot by next year and that the aim is for the machine to do “work that is boring, repetitive and dangerous.”

Musk believes that physical work will become a choice for a human in the future and that a universal basic income will be needed as technology could completely eliminate some human jobs.

However, Musk stressed that this is not likely to become a reality for some time as the Tesla Bot isn’t ready yet. On an AI page on Tesla’s website, they list the goals for the robot as: “Develop the next generation of automation, including a general-purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring.”

Musk added that the machine could also do menial tasks. During his speech he said: “Can you talk to it and say, ‘please pick up that bolt and attach it to a car with that wrench,’ and it should be able to do that. Please go to the store and get me the following groceries.’ That kind of thing. I think we can do that.”

Now given Musk’s well-known obsession with science-fiction and pop culture, many people are already fearing that this could end up like a situation from I, Robot or The Terminator…”

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