Musk: Tesla will launch a prototype of a human-like robot next year
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the electric car maker will likely release the Tesla Bot, a prototype human-like robot next year to perform dangerous, repetitive and boring jobs that people don't like doing.
At an event as part of Artificial Intelligence Day, the billionaire entrepreneur said the robot, which is about 176 centimeters long, will be able to perform tasks from attaching screws to cars with a wrench to buying groceries in stores.
Musk said the robot would have a "massive impact on the economy" as it faced a labor shortage. He added that it was important not to make the robot "too expensive".
Some have questioned whether Musk, who often touts technological advances at events and exhibitions before later reducing his plans, will be able to achieve his robot goals.
"Is the Tesla Bot the next dream to boost from [Musque's] propaganda machine?" said Raj Ragkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.