Tesla is working on a humanoid robot called Optimus that will do “useful things” like make dinner or cut grass.
The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, presented a prototype of Optimus to a crowd at Tesla’s office in Palo Alto, California, yesterday.
The robot slowly and awkwardly walked onto a stage, turned and waved at the cheering audience.
Mr Musk said he plans to produce millions of humanoids and sell them for less than £18,000, a third of the price of Tesla’s Model Y.
The robot was created with four fingers and a thumb so it could have the dexterity of humans.
Mr. Musk would like Optimus to be able to help people with basic tasks like cooking or even caring for relatives.
Tesla employees have been working on the robot for six to eight months, and Mr Musk predicts a version will be ready for the market in three to five years.
But, the billionaire conceded, “there’s still work to be done.”
The idea is that the robot will continue to improve and eventually become “incredible how overwhelming in five or ten years”.
The footage showed Optimus performing simple tasks such as watering plants, carrying boxes and lifting metal poles.
Mr Musk told the crowd that Optimus’s appearance on stage marked the first time the robot had functioned without a tether.
Tesla uses giant artificial intelligence computers to track millions of video frames from Tesla’s self-driving cars.
Similar computers would be used to teach the robots tasks.
Mr Musk, who has previously spoken about the risks of artificial intelligence, said the mass adoption of robots has the potential to “transform civilization” and create “a future of plenty, a future without poverty”.
But he said he believes it’s important that Tesla shareholders play a role in reviewing the company’s efforts.
“If I go insane, you can fire me. That’s important,” he added.
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