Elon Musk concluded Tesla’s AI Day presentation by announcing Tesla Bot. This full-featured robot could have a profound impact on the future of the company and society itself it’s called “Optimus sub-prime”.
The robot will be built globally by humans, for humans. The feature is planned to be 5’ 8” and 125 pounds, with a carrying capability of 45 pounds and a max speed of 5mph.
At its heart is essentially the Autopilot system, with eight cameras and the Full Self-Driving Computer. It’s powered by neural net planning and Dojo training powered by Tesla’s new in-house D1 chip.
Tesla Bot will be able to undertake tasks such as going to the store to fetch groceries. Really.
In fact, it will be such a capable platform that Musk remarked that a “long-term a universal base income will be necessary. In the future physical work will be a choice.”
This could be a severe undertaking for Tesla.
While he seemingly glossed over it at the end of the presentation, Elon Musk was entirely earnest about the platform. There’s going to be a lot more to cover over the coming years. In fact, this could become equally as valuable, if not more so, than the automotive side of Tesla if it pans out in the idyllic way we’re imagining.
Elon continued during the Q&A that if no one else is going to make a robot of this capability, then Tesla should and that they will try to make sure it isn’t overly expensive with volume production.
All of the complex systems and neural net processing Tesla has built for Full Self-Driving are in place to be used for the first successful implementation of an autonomous robot.
Tesla Bot is a significant announcement that could make this a truly historic event.