Elon Musk Unveils a Tesla Robot

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The future is here. Elon Musk recently announced plans for the first-ever humanoid robot. Here's how the Tesla entrepreneur plans on developing a line of artificially intelligent robots coming sooner than we might expect.

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On Tesla's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Day, the quirky billionaire took to the podium to announce the big news. Dubbed the 'Tesla Bot,' the upcoming robot will be like nothing we've ever seen before. Standing at about 5'8" and weighing approximately 125 pounds, the bot will be able to carry up to 45 pounds and travel at about 5 miles per hour. As for the purpose of the innovative invention?

According to Musk, if things go to plan, the robot will make life much easier on the average person. "It’s basically going to start dealing with work that is boring, repetitive, and dangerous," he explained of the futuristic bot. "It should be able to, you know, please go to the store and get me the following groceries, that kind of thing." Of course, though, it's not as simple as it sounds.

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Despite the businessman’s grand plans, Musk warned that it “probably won’t work” at first. Nonetheless, should his idea eventually come to fruition, it would hold the potential to have a “profound” impact on our economy, as he added. “Essentially, in the future, physical work will be a choice,” Musk explained. “If you want to do it, you can, but you won’t need to do it.”

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And while, yes, he may have once warned about Artificial Intelligence's potential threat to humanity, the Tesla Bot will not be cause for any concern. According to the Tesla mogul, the robots are "intended to be friendly, of course... And navigate through a world built for humans." Not only will humans be able to outrun and overpower the upcoming humanoid, but they'll be designed with several preventative restrictions.

As for when production is set to begin? As Musk assured, he hopes to have a prototype ready sometime next year. "We’re [already] making the pieces that are needed for a useful humanoid robot," he explained. Until then, be sure to stay tuned while this story develops.