Tesla will build a prototype of Humanoid robot named Tesla Bot, said by CEO Elon Musk last Thursday.
“We are also good at sensors and batteries and we’ll probably have a prototype by next year that looks like this.” said Musk. Shortly after, an actor in a body suit modeled like Tesla bot came on stage. Musk claim that the actor is not real, but next year the Tesla bot will
The Tesla Bot is an example of Musk’s showmanship in which he announces that Tesla is working on exciting projects to motivate employees, customers and investors. Often, those claims didn’t happen on the announced timeline.
Like at Autonomy day in April 2019, Musk said that the company would have a million autonomous robotaxis on the road by the end of 2020, sadly this robotaxis are still nowhere to be found. Maybe the pandemic became one of the reason why it’s still not yet be done.
If this humanoid robot works and can perform repetitive jobs that only humans can do, Musk said he has the opportunity to transform the world economy when driving labor costs. But, Musk noticed that the robot probably would not work at the beginning.
The unexpected revelation came at the end of the ad, with musk providing only some details about the robot through some Power Point slides. It is expected that Robot 5’8 “despite 125 pounds and is built with light materials.
Its head is equipped by autopilot cameras that is used by Tesla’s vehicles to sense the environments and will contain a screen to display information.
“it’s intended to be friendly, of course, and navigate through a world of human and eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks,” he said.
Musk tends to make bold statements about the future, like how he envisions Tesla Bot changing the future of work too. “This, I think will be quite profound” he said.”Essentially, in the future physical work will be a choice. If you want to do it, you can, but you won’t need to do it.”
It’s hard to say how far off such a future might be, but there’s a huge gap between showing a few PowerPoint slides and delivering a working humanoid robot.