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Elon Musk: You will buy your grandpa a Tesla humanoid robot one day

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Elon Musk believes that the Optimus bot will be used not only for chores and tasks but for taking care of the elderly as well.

Elon Musk is a geek at heart, and his company Tesla has been developing a humanoid robot. The CEO has revealed more details about the robot names Tesla Optimus or Tesla Bot, including possible use cases.

Musk unveiled the humanoid robot last year, but it was only an actor wearing a robot costume presented.

As reported by Electrek, Musk mentioned these details in a column published in the official publication of China’s Cyberspace Administration. The billionaire also touched on his Mars colonization plans and sustainable energy ambitions.

Musk wrote that the Tesla Bot was designed to appear like a human so it could easily fit into human environments and do things humans do.

The Tesla Bot was initially supposed to handle tedious, repetitive, and dangerous tasks. However, it will be used in household settings and handle tasks such as cooking, mowing lawns, caring for the elderly, etc.

Musk wrote that the Tesla bot would launch the first prototype this year. This tallies with reports that Tesla might present a working prototype during its AI Day on September 30th. The company will improve the robot’s intelligence and solve mass production issues. He noted that the robot might be cheaper than a car, and people might purchase it as a birthday gift for their parents.

Musk had earlier said Tesla Bot production might start next year.
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Musk reiterated the same points in a column for China’s Cyberspace magazine.

In a column for China’s Cyberspace magazine, Musk discussed the Tesla Bot, which the company ambitiously plans on launching this year. The bot will be about the same weight and height as the average adult, according to Musk, and will be designed to “carry or pick up heavy objects, walk fast in small steps, and the screen on its face is an interactive interface for communication with people.”

The main objective of the Tesla Bot will be to have the same capabilities as humans, essentially serving its owners and checking things off their to-do list. “Tesla Bots are initially positioned to replace people in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks,” Musk wrote. “But the vision is for them to serve millions of households, such as cooking, mowing lawns, and caring for the elderly.”

The tech billionaire eventually wants these types of robots to be mass produced and widely available within a decade. “In the future, a home robot may be cheaper than a car,” wrote the richest person in the world. “Perhaps in less than a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday gift.” However, Musk is known for making bold statements about the future, and setting unrealistic timelines that are later delayed.
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