the Robot Tesla This has been one of the biggest surprises revealed by Elon Musk in recent times. However, the South African-born tycoon himself believes that this humanoid robot – also known as Optimus— have plans that go far beyond the tasks they will be able to accomplish when they roll off the production line. It is that in the future, humans will be able to upload their memories and personality to itas predicted.
In an interview with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the Axel Springer publishing group, Elon Musk made this strange prediction. Thus, the CEO of Tesla has opened the door to possibilities as worthy of a sci-fi novel as Optimus himself. However, the businessman did not mention when he thought it might be possible.
“Humanoid robots are happening. The pace of progress in artificial intelligence is very fast,” he said. and on the possibility of transferring our brain power to the Tesla Bot, he added: “We could download the things that we think make us so unique. Now, of course, if you are no longer in this body, it will make definitely a difference, but in terms of preserving our memories, our personalities, I think we could do that.”
If you are already thinking about the technical and moral consequences of taking on such a challenge, don’t rush. According to Elon Musk, by this year they expect Optimus to start making good progress at the prototype level for its original tasks, and only by the end of 2023 will ‘a “moderate production volume” of the humanoid robot. That is to say: don’t expect your consciousness, memories and personality to be “fused” to the Tesla bot in the near future.
Elon Musk argues that the role of Optimus will be in charge of dangerous and boring tasks
During the interview, the CEO of Tesla reiterated that Optimus’ initial purpose will be to take care of repetitive, boring or dangerous tasks for humans. “Basically the work that people don’t want to do,” he said. This goes in the same direction as what I had already said in the AI Day of the company, in August 2021, when the concept of the Tesla Bot was revealed.
But Elon Musk not only predicted what the future of humanoid robots will look like and the possibility of transferring our personality to them. The businessman also touched on more specific Optimus design and functionality issues. Specifically, he spoke of why Tesla chose to create a bipedal robot not a Spot-style quadruped, Boston Dynamics’ robot dog.
Humanity designed the world to interact with a bipedal humanoid with two arms and ten fingers. So if you want a robot to fit in and be able to do the same things as humans, it has to be roughly the same size, shape, and ability.
Elon Musk on designing Optimus, Tesla’s humanoid robot
When Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Bot, he said it would be as big as 1.76 meters and that would only weigh 56 pounds. The humanoid robot should be able to carry up to 20 kilograms of cargo and move at a maximum speed of 8 km/h. Optimus’ body will also incorporate 40 electromechanical actuators that would allow him, among other things, to have hands as capable as those of humans.
Of course, the Tesla device will have cameras and a “brain” based on the autopilot and self-driving technology already used in the brand’s electric cars. This will allow you to move around on your own to complete your tasks, without worrying about obstacles.
Until we see the humanoid robot in action, we can’t say much about Elon Musk’s vision for the future. However, knowing the advances that the businessman also offers via Neuralink, it would not be strange for Optimus/Tesla Bot to become a key link in the quest to merge the human mind with artificial intelligence. Although surely the big question everyone is asking is whether he really knows how to dance…