Elon Musk reveals plans to make Tesla Bot an ‘incredible friend like C3PO or R2D2’

Elon Musk reveals plans to make Tesla Bot an ‘incredible friend like C3PO or R2D2’ with a personality that evolves to match its owner

  • Elon Musk first announced the Tesla bot in August, which is a humanoid
  • The Tesla bot would take over dangerous and tedious jobs in factories
  • Musk recently said the robot could also be a buddy like C3PO or R2D2
  • It would evolve to have a personality that matches its owners
  • Musk also said Tesla may have a decent prototype of the robot next year










Elon Musk announced the Tesla bot in August, which would be specifically designed to handle ‘dangerous and tedious’ tasks at a factory, but the billionaire also predicts the humanoid as a companion.

On the Lex Fridman podcast, Musk said the Tesla Bot, codenamed Optimus Subprime, could be an ‘incredible friend like R2D2 or C3PO’ for the everyday user.

The robot will be a general purpose, auxiliary machine that takes over jobs that humans do not necessarily like to perform, but this “must be paired with some form of universal income in the future,” Musk said, noting that this would only be necessary when the bottom takes over jobs.

However, Optimus Subprime could be ‘a very good companion’ that looks like a dog.

‘It could develop a personality over time that is unique. It’s not like all robots are alike, the billionaire said.

‘That personality could evolve to match the owner, or whatever you want to call it.’

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Elon Musk announced the Tesla bot in August, which would be specifically designed to handle 'dangerous and tedious' tasks at a factory, but the billionaire also predicts the humanoid as a companion

Elon Musk announced the Tesla bot in August, which would be specifically designed to handle ‘dangerous and tedious’ tasks at a factory, but the billionaire also predicts the humanoid as a companion

Musk went on to describe the Star Wars robots, noting that the couple ‘have a lot of bugs and silly things and they would quarrel with each other’, he said.

‘There are some skewed elements where they make mistakes and that would just make them relatable, I do not know. Loving, “Musk continued.

‘I think that would be something that would probably happen [with the Tesla bot].

“But our first focus is just to make it useful.”

Musk said the Tesla bottom will be ‘finished’, but is unsure of the time frame for when development will start and end.

On the Lex Fridman podcast, Musk said that Tesla Bot, codenamed Optimus Subprime, could be an 'incredible friend like R2D2 or C3PO' for the everyday user

On the Lex Fridman podcast, Musk said that Tesla Bot, codenamed Optimus Subprime, could be an ‘incredible friend like R2D2 or C3PO’ for the everyday user

However, he said Tesla hopes to have a ‘decent’ prototype by the end of 2022.

The Tesla bot is set to include the autopilot computer used in the company’s electric cars, which will allow the humanoid to recognize real-world things.

But the robot will have its own custom sensors and actuators.

The robot is expected to stand about five feet, eight inches high and weigh about 125 pounds.

Tesla’s autopilot cameras will be mounted on the front of the bot’s head, and its internal functions will be powered by the company’s full self-driving computer.

“I think the possibilities are endless,” Musk said on the podcast.

Musk went on to describe the Star Wars robots, noting that the couple 'have a lot of bugs and stupid things and they would quarrel with each other', he said.  'There are some skewed elements where they make mistakes and that would just make them relatable, I do not know.  Loving,

Musk went on to describe the Star Wars robots, noting that the couple ‘have a lot of bugs and stupid things and they would quarrel with each other’, he said. ‘There are some skewed elements where they make mistakes and that would just make them relatable, I do not know. Loving, “Musk continued. Pictured are R2D2 (left) and C3PO (right)

The Tesla bot is set to include the autopilot computer used in the company's electric cars, which will allow the humanoid to recognize real-world things.  But the robot will have its own custom sensors and actuators

The Tesla bot is set to include the autopilot computer used in the company’s electric cars, which will allow the humanoid to recognize real-world things. But the robot will have its own custom sensors and actuators

“It’s not exactly in Tesla’s major mission directive to accelerate the expansion of renewable energy, but enabling a humanoid robot to interact with the environment and assist in a variety of ways is an extremely important thing for the planet.”

Musk noted that unlike killer robots, the Tesla bot could be overpowered by the average human.

The Tesla founder has previously warned the world that robots could kill us all in five years – a statement from Musk in 2014.

He has also said that artificial intelligence is the ‘biggest risk we face as a civilization.’

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