Elon Musk has announced a five foot eight “Tesla Bot”, a humanoid robot prototype, that will be unveiled next year – some people have criticized the announcement as nothing but a “dream”
The robot will reportedly be five foot eight inches tall and designed for dangerous, repetitive or boring work that people don’t like to do.
Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day event, the billionaire entrepreneur said the robot would be able to fulfil duties like picking up shopping and carrying out mechanical work on cars.
The CEO claimed the robot would have “profound implications for the economy,” adding it was “important to make the machine not “super-expensive.”
Some questioned whether Musk, who has had a history of announcing technology advances at showpiece events only to scale plans down later on, was being fully truthful in his claims about the “Tesla Bot”.
“Is the ‘Tesla Bot’ the next dream shot to pump up the hype machine?” said Raj Rajkumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
“I can safely say that it will be much longer than 10 years before a humanoid bot from any company on the planet can go to the store and get groceries for you.”
By Kurt Robson