At Tesla’s AI Day presentation, Elon Musk revealed that the company is working on its own AI-driven humanoid robot. According to Musk, the Tesla Bot is designed to “navigate through a world built for humans and eliminate dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks.”
The Tesla Bot will be about 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall, weigh about 125 lb (57 kg), and will have a screen for the face, allowing it to display useful information. It will have a top speed of about 5 mph (8 km/h) and be capable of carrying a payload of up to 45 lb (20 kg), a payload of up to 150 lb (68 kg) or holding 10 lb (4 lb). ,5) -kg) weight with its arms extended.
It will perceive the world through eight cameras and a fully autonomous computer. Through 40 electromechanical actuators, it promises to be able to travel in spaces not designed for robots, and the “human-grade hand” and force-feedback sensor of the world around it promises. would make it useful in many areas of typical human work.
Obviously, when you start talking about building humanoid robots, you’re up against a giant in the field: Honda’s Asimo. OK, maybe not. But also a thing or two happened at Boston Dynamics, now owned by Hyundai. So why does Tesla think it has what it takes to disrupt a market that isn’t even really open yet?
The answer is twofold. First, Musk said, Tesla already operates a massive fleet of intelligent robots trained to see the world, label things meaningfully, understand verbal requests, and decide courses of action. autonomy to achieve the desired goal.
“Our cars are semi-perceptive robots on wheels,” he said. “Complete Self-Driving Computing, which is essentially a car inference engine, we’re obviously going to continue to grow, and Dojo, and all of the neural networks, perceive the world, understand how navigating the world… It makes quite sense to put it in a human form.”
Second, Tesla had to go through a lot of trouble to get the ability to manufacture complex products capable of meeting stringent automotive quality standards.
“We’re also pretty good at sensors, actuators and batteries, so we think we’ll probably have a prototype next year that basically looks like this,” Musk said.
Tesla sees this as a general-purpose robot, rather than a robot built for specific tasks; hence the human form. In a human-designed, human-made world, a humanoid bot would be able to get around more easily than anything on wheels or rails, using existing tools and potentially take on many of the jobs that humans are doing.
“Can it move around the world without explicit training, with line-by-line instructions?” Musk asked. “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. You should be able to say, ‘please go to the store and get me the following groceries.’ Something like that. Yeah, I think we can do it.”
Musk, a famous proponent of the view that generalized artificial intelligence poses a huge threat to human safety, said the Tesla Bot will not have that kind of intelligence and will only focus on into automating boring, dangerous, and repetitive tasks. There’s nothing wrong with its compact, relatively slow form factor, either. “On a mechanical, physical level,” Musk said, “you can run away from it and most likely overpower it. So hopefully that never happens, but you never know. Five miles an hour, if you can go faster than that, you’ll be fine.”
The idea of deploying a robotic workforce clearly appealed to Musk; maybe Tesla Bots won’t be able to merge. But the announcement made him a bit philosophical.
“This is quite profound,” he said. “What is the economy? The foundation is labor. What happens when there is no shortage of labor? This is why I think that in the long run, there will need to be a universal basic income. But no right now, because this robot isn’t working. We’ll need a minute! Basically in the future, physical work will be an option. If you want to do it, you can. But you It has profound implications for the economy, because the economy, at its foundation level, is labor, and capital is just distilled labor, so there are limits. Is there a realistic limit to the economy? Maybe not.”
An economy of infinite expansion; have a scary thought. Musk won’t be intrigued by the company’s commercialization plans, just saying we’ll see a prototype in about a year.
Indeed, another mythical claim from one of the wildest book lovers in the tech world. Tesla is now ready to let its cars operate efficiently in a relatively rules-based road traffic environment. The world of human labor in general is much more diverse; it will require many times more neural network training for Tesla Bot to be useful in many cases.
And here, while the company clearly has some of the world’s best hardware to point to, it’s missing out on a key asset that has kept it ahead of the self-driving car market: its fleet. One of the company’s biggest advantages to date is the amount of data it continuously collects through the large number of Tesla vehicles on the road equipped with cameras and sensors, calling home to add cases and New advanced solutions to global database.
But it has money and top minds to throw at the Tesla Bot, so on the one hand it looks like one of the coolest moon shots in Musk’s massive portfolio, nor will we. surprised to look at this space in 2025 and find Tesla making a significant contribution.
You can check out the full AI Day presentation below. Go to 2:05:24 to meet the Tesla Bot.