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Elon Musk Says Tesla’s Robot Will Make Physical Labor A “Choice” | The Guardian Nigeria News

After Tesla CEO Elon Musk dominated the electric vehicle market and threw his hat into the billionaire space race, he announced the latest frontier he wants to conquer: humanoid robots.

The irascible entrepreneur said on Thursday that he would have a first prototype of an androgynous “Tesla Bot” by next year.

Based on the same technology as the company’s semi-autonomous vehicles, the robot will be able to perform basic repetitive tasks with the goal of keeping humans from doing dangerous or boring jobs, Musk said at an online event on Tesla’s advances in man-made ones Intelligence (AI).

“Tesla is arguably the largest robotics company in the world because cars are semi-sensitive robots on wheels,” he said. “It makes sense to put that in a humanoid form.”

Tesla’s promotion of its automation technology comes as the automaker undergoes intensified scrutiny of its driver assistance system as US security agencies open an investigation after a series of accidents.

Tesla is accused of misleading motorists that the so-called autopilot vehicles can drive themselves, despite Musk defending the system.

The autopilot controversy was neither brought up at the two and a half hour online conference on Thursday nor with questions from the audience.

Instead, Musk promised that his future robot would be a benevolent presence.

He said the Tesla bot, which will have five-fingered hands and appear in black and white, should be “friendly” and be built so that “you can run away and most likely overwhelm it.”

“Hopefully that won’t happen, but you never know,” he joked.

Musk, the second richest person in the world according to Forbes, said at the conference he believes robots will eliminate physical labor for humans.

“I think in the future, physical labor will essentially be a choice,” he said.

As CEO, Musk has transformed Tesla from a fledgling startup into a pacemaker in the electric car industry, with the company reporting its first quarterly profit of over $ 1 billion on record shipments last month.

His company SpaceX is also competing in the booming commercial aerospace market, while Neuralink wants to develop brain implants to connect humans and computers.

But the self-described “technoking” has also repeatedly argued with regulators, from his use of social media to discuss Tesla’s operations to local coronavirus health logs affecting his factories.

The company has a rocky record with its human workforce, including allegations of unfair labor practices and the sacking of a union organizer.

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