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Elon Musk to unveil ‘humanoid robot’ for Tesla factories on Friday

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The long-awaited reveal of Elon Musk’s robot army involves an end Friday when the Tesla mogul will uncloak the prototype at its annual AI Day on Friday. 

Dubbed “The Tesla Bot”, or “Optimus”, the 5’8”, 125-pound robots are designed to finish “dangerous, menial or boring tasks,” starting on Tesla’s own assembly lines, in keeping with Musk. 

Musk first explained the concept for the “I, Robot”-like machines eventually 12 months’s AI Day, saying that they’re designed to work closely with each humans and other machines to perform tasks.

Early diagrams revealed that Optimus can have a monitor on its “face” and five-fingered hands with dexterity akin to an actual person’s. 

The bots shall be equipped with a version of Tesla’s autonomous navigation system present in its cars, where several camera systems work together to discover and clear obstacles. Optimus may also give you the option to reply to instructions like “please go to the shop and get me the next groceries,” Musk said. 

Many AI experts have questioned the efficiency of Musk’s bipedal robots.Tesla

The Tesla chief executive even said that the robots would have a personality, which he described as “friendly.” He added that, despite concerns spurred by sci-fi movies, the robots are harmless. They’re designed with a top speed of 5 mph “so you’ll be able to run away from it and most definitely overpower it,” Musk said.

Tesla plans to deploy the worker-bee bots on its floors first as a proof of concept, before seeking to sell the machines elsewhere. 

While the concept could also be futuristic, many AI experts have questioned the efficiency of Musk’s bipedal robots over existing factory machines, equivalent to the robot arms used on automobile assembly lines. 

“If he just gets the robot to walk around, or he gets the robots to bop, that’s already been done,” said Nancy Cooke, a professor in human systems engineering at Arizona State University, in an interview with Reuters. “That’s not that spectacular.”

Tesla robotThe 5’8”, 125-pound robots are designed to finish what Elon Musk calls “dangerous, menial, or boring tasks.”Tesla

Shaun Azimi, head of NASA’s Dexterous Robotics Team, also expressed skepticism in regards to the idea. 

“Self-driving cars weren’t really proved to be as easy as anyone thought. And it’s the identical way with humanoid robots to some extent,” he told Reuters.

“If something unexpected happens, being flexible and robust to those sorts of changes could be very difficult.”

While Optimus is anticipated to headline Friday’s AI Day, Tesla can be slated to release updates to its self-driving technology, in addition to teasers for the corporate’s in-house microchip design called “Dojo.”

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