Tesla is building an AI-powered humanoid robot called Tesla Bot

Shawn Knight

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Forward-looking: Move over Boston Dynamics, there’s a new robot maker in town. Tesla announced the Tesla Bot during its AI Day conference today. Tesla Bot is a general purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot "capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring for humans to carry out." That may not sound all that interesting (and we've heard that promise before), but Elon Musk believes his robot could radically change our daily lives.

The Tesla Bot is codenamed Optimus. It stands 5’8” tall and tips the scales at 125 pounds. Musk said the bot has a top speed of around five miles an hour, meaning most humans should be able to easily outrun it. Tesla Bot won’t feature Hulk-like strength, either, so in the event things go terribly wrong, you should be able to overpower it as well.

Musk envisions a future where the Tesla Bot, built with the same sort of AI capabilities as its vehicles, can perform duties that humans might not want to be bothered with, like shopping for groceries. It should also be able to navigate through the world without explicit, line-by-line instructions.

“Can you talk to it and say, ‘please pick up that bolt and attach it to the car with that wrench?’ It should be able to do that,” Musk said.

The entrepreneur believes the Tesla Bot could revolutionize society. “What happens when there is no shortage of labor,” he asked, before briefly touching on the concept of universal basic income. "But not right now, because this robot doesn't work."

Musk said he expects to have a prototype ready by sometime next year. Those interested in helping Tesla build the bot – that is, electrical, mechanical and software engineers – are encouraged to reach out for employment opportunities.

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Plutoisaplanet

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Speaking universal basic income, I think it would work in a very specific scenario: as a second expiring currency that couldn’t be converted (easily) to exchange for things that have basically enough free supply (non-human productivity) to cover the entire populace’s needs. Ie. food that’s mass produced by robots so cheaply that the only reason to charge money for it is to make sure that demand does not irrationally exceed supply.

A currency rooted in actual human productivity would always be necessary though to ensure limited supply goods always create a market equilibrium with demand.
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 7,474   +6,258
Jesus, why don't we all just lay down, hook up a feeding tube and live out our lives on our backs.

And not in a good way.
With the environment that these robots can work in, some people would count the rest of their lives in days if not hours.

For instance:
Based on that, I do think they have their place.
 

BadThad

Posts: 994   +1,124
Speaking universal basic income, I think it would work in a very specific scenario: as a second expiring currency that couldn’t be converted (easily) to exchange for things that have basically enough free supply (non-human productivity) to cover the entire populace’s needs. Ie. food that’s mass produced by robots so cheaply that the only reason to charge money for it is to make sure that demand does not irrationally exceed supply.

A currency rooted in actual human productivity would always be necessary though to ensure limited supply goods always create a market equilibrium with demand.

They tried and failed horribly, socialism ALWAYS fails!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Harmony,_Indiana
 

Kosmoz

Posts: 574   +1,052
Cherry 2000 getting a little closer...
By the time you think you will get your erotic dream come true, will will get either the next and biggest world economic crisis this planet has ever seen (US has a $28 trillion debt that's waiting to burst it's bubble soon™) or WW3, one will be followed by the other anyway...
 

wiyosaya

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They tried and failed horribly, socialism ALWAYS fails!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Harmony,_Indiana
Sure, you are correct when finding data to support your viewpoint; however, there are studies out there that consider it a success.



But feel free to keep that boogeyman in your closet.
 

3volv3d

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Tasks we can't be bothered with.
Wipe ya butt. Shop. Cook. Bathe. Go to work.
Most things. I'm feeling redundant.
 

Jack Deth

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1. Replacing dangerous/low skill labor, and eventually humans won't be needed?
Check.

2. Creating slave labor to serve the rich (again, the the unwashed masses won't be needed) in the not-so-distant future?
Check.

3. Something the woke stupids will be climbing over themselves to argue sentience, rights, and so forth - all probably based on a ridiculous premise from a giant turd called Star Trek Discovery?
Check.