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Tesla is working on a ‘human’ robot, says Elon Musk

Robot-based technology has evolved over the last few years even if it hasn’t really become mainstream. Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have plans to change that as he revealed his company is working on a humanoid robot. According to a report by The Verge, a prototype of the robot will be ready sometime next year.

Elaborating on the robot — named Tesla Bot — and tech behind it, Musk reportedly said that it will take advantage of Tesla’s experience of working with automated machines. It will also rely on some of the “of the hardware and software that powers the company’s Autopilot driver assistance software,” states the report.

On the company website, Tesla says, its idea is to “develop the next generation of automation, including a general purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring.” Tesla on its website also notes that it is seeking technical, electrical, controls and software engineers “to help us leverage our AI expertise beyond our vehicle fleet.”

The Tesla CEO further revealed that Tesla’s robot will be about 5 feet and 8 inches tall and weigh around 125 pounds. There will be screen for a face and the robot is intended to be friendly. Musk also said that Tesla is designing the robot at mechanical level. “It’s intended to be friendly,” Musk joked, “and navigate through a world built for humans.”

Musk was speaking at the Tesla AI Day conference and said that building a humanoid robot was the next logical step for Tesla. He said that the robot will borrow and use tools that are already present in Tesla cars. These include sensors, cameras, neural networks and will be used to autonomously navigate the robot.

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