The eruption of humanoid robotics has started with a number of companies attempting to bring robot helpers to homes. Out of every company’s attempts, one is the most anticipated: Tesla Bot
Developed by electric car company Tesla, the humanoid robot is hyped as the most advanced bipedal robot ever. But what exactly can the device do? And will it actually be able to do it?
Tesla Bot is your robot butler
In a surprising move, Tesla CEO and “technoking” Elon Musk released an essay about the upcoming robot in China. Published by the Cyberspace Administration of China in China Cyberspace, a monthly science journal, the essay reveals the goals of the robot.
In the essay, Musk reiterates his point about Tesla Bot removing manual labour from humans. In previous statements, the billionaire claimed that the robot’s replacement of human manual labour would bring an “age of abundance”.
Musk claims that the robot will one day be so commonplace that they will be bought as gifts. In fact, he believes that they will even be more popular than cars.
“In the future, a home robot may be cheaper than a car. Perhaps in less than a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday gift,” he claimed.
Until now, we’ve never known what the purpose of Tesla Bot actually is. We know that it will be able to walk and life items, but what does it do for everyday people? According to Musk, it does everything. He said:
“Tesla Bots are initially positioned to replace people in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks. But the vision is for them to serve millions of households, such as cooking, mowing lawns, and caring for the elderly.”
Is any of this feasible?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a history of hyping up products far in excess of what they can actually do. For example, Tesla’s self-driving tech was said to be able to fully drive without issue by 2014. It’s 2022, and that’s far from the case.
Judging by Musk’s trend of overpromising, Tesla Bot likely won’t be able to do everything he says. While “the vision” may be to have robots cook and clean, that’s a long time away.
Will we see those types of robots in our lifetime? Judging by the rate of technological advancement, maybe. But will Tesla be the ones to create them first? That’s the question.