Elon Musk: Tesla Bots Could Become Companions with ‘Unique’ Personalities
Company’s in-development humanoid robots
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has claimed his company’s in-development humanoid robots could form human personalities to match their owners and become good laborers as well as companions.
During an interview on the Lex Fridman Podcast, Musk was asked whether Tesla’s robots could serve as a “friend or assistant," he replied:
“Yeah, I think the possibilities are endless.”
“It’s not quite in Tesla’s primary mission direction of accelerating sustainable energy, but it’s an extremely useful thing that we can do for the world,” he continued.
Musk claimed he primarily sees the robots performing dangerous or boring jobs for humans.
“I think work will become optional."
"There’s a lot of jobs that if people weren’t paid to do it, they wouldn’t do it, like it’s not fun necessarily,” Musk declared, using dishwashing as an example.
“Basically, if it’s dangerous, boring, has potential for repetitive stress injury, that kind of thing, then that’s really where humanoid robots would add the most value initially.”
The SpaceX CEO also claimed the robots could be “a very good companion” and “could develop a personality over time that is unique.”
The company announced the Tesla Bot in August, and Musk has claimed that a prototype would be built in 2022.
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Earlier this month, Musk warned that population decline would be the death of civilization.
While speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit, Musk warned the world is becoming underpopulated.
“I can’t emphasize this enough: There are not enough people,” Musk said via a video call from a new Tesla factory.
“One of the biggest risks to civilization is the low birth rate and the rapidly declining birth rate.”