Tesla Bot will become a universal replacement for human labor, since labor is the basis of any economy. Optimus will also alleviate the labor shortage due to the massive drop in the birth rate. In addition, a humanoid robot can be uploaded with the characteristics of a person's identity and become something like his/her “continuation.”
“Most people in the world have a misconception and think that there are too many of us. This is not true. The birth rate has dropped like crazy,” Elon Musk said during an interview with German journalist Mathias Döpfner. Bringing to market a humanoid robot introduced by Tesla in 2021 called Optimus could help the world's economies that will face labor shortages in the future. The basis of any economy is labor, and if there is no one to work, then it will collapse.
Humanoid robots are on the rise, Musk said. Optimus is a general-purpose droid, a kind of work droid. Its initial tasks are repetitive, boring or dangerous work—basically, a job that people do not want to do. Building a bipedal robot is dictated by the fact that if you want a robot that fits into the environment and can do the same things as humans, it should be about the same size, shape, and abilities, Musk explained. According to the approximate forecasts of the head of Tesla, the Optimus prototype will be ready by the end of 2022, and by the end of 2023 it may be ready for mass production.
The general details about the Tesla Bot have already been discussed, and Döpfner asked a deeper question that was probably on the minds of many of us: “Can you imagine that one day we will be able to upload the capabilities of our human brain into Optimus? [...] It would be a different eternal life, because we would upload our personalities to the bot.” Musk said he thinks it is possible: "Yes, we could upload what we think makes us unique. But if you're not in that body anymore, then of course it makes a big difference. But from the point of in terms of preserving our memories and our identity, I think we could do that.”
Musk said that already now our memories are stored in our phones and computers with photos and videos. Computers and phones are expanding human communication and making it possible to do things that were once considered magical. Today, two people from any part of the world can call each other via video link. “It's amazing. We've already greatly expanded our human brain with computers. An interesting relationship can be found if we calculate the share of digital computing divided by the share of biological computing. And how this ratio changes over time,” he said.
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