In August, Tesla presented a unique development—a humanoid robot. In addition to doing dangerous or boring work, Tesla Bot can develop a unique personality over time, says Elon Musk.
During AI Day, which took place in August, Tesla unveiled a robot. According to the company's vision, the first priority for Tesla Bot will be to do dangerous, repetitive, or boring work that people don't like to do. However, it seems that CEO Elon Musk has broader plans for its humanoid robot.
Musk recently joined Lex Fridman on a podcast to talk about a variety of deep and important topics, one of which was Tesla Bot. The CEO of the company said that he sees it as more than just a humanoid robot performing useful tasks in the future; it can also potentially develop a unique personality and become a companion for a person who can help in different ways.
"I think the possibilities are endless. It's not quite in Tesla's primary mission directive of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy, but it's an extremely useful thing for the world to make a humanoid robot that is capable of interacting with the world and helping in many different ways."
Musk said that robots can develop a personality, taking into account the peculiarities and wishes of their owners.
"It could develop a personality over time that is unique. It’s not like all the robots are the same. That personality could evolve to match the owner, or whatever you want to call it."
The humanoid robot will be 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters) tall, weigh 125 pounds (57 kg) and have a top speed of 5 mph (8 km / h). The company is developing a friendly robot, but knowing Musk's fears about their possible superiority over humans, Tesla is playing it extra safe. Tesla Bot will be specially designed to be slow and not too powerful, so that if something does go wrong, a human could still run away from it or overpower it. "We're setting such that it is, at a mechanical level, at a physical level, you can run away from it and most likely overpower it. Hopefully, that doesn’t ever happen, but you never know," Musk said.
Tesla Bot will be made from lightweight materials and has the agility of a human, thanks to 40 mechanical actuators: 12 in the arms, 12 in the hands, 12 in the legs, 2 in the torso, and 2 in the neck. It will also have 2 axis feet for balancing and force feedback sensing. It will have a screen on the head to display useful information. Tesla Bot will be equipped with 8 Autopilot cameras, FSD hardware, multi-cam video neural networks, neural network planning, auto-labeling, simulation and tools, and Dojo training. This means that it will be able to move independently in the environment without programming specific routes.
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