Musk did not say if it would be sold or for how much. The robot will have a screen positioned where a human face would be to display “useful information,” Musk said.
Musk said the robot would have a “profound” impact on the economy. He said physical work would be a choice in the future, and a universal basic income would be needed. Musk is among the Silicon Valley leaders who have cautioned that technology may eliminate the jobs of many people, so some humans will need another income source.
“But not right now because this robot doesn’t work,” Musk added.
Musk described the robot as an extension of Tesla’s work to build self-driving vehicles. The robot will use the same computer chip, and navigate with eight cameras, no different than Tesla’s vehicles.
Musk said the robot will stand 5 feet 8 inches high, weigh 125 pounds, be able to carry 45 pounds and move as fast as 5 miles per hour.
“Can you talk to it and say, ‘please pick up that bolt and attach it to a car with that wrench,’ and it should be able to do that,” Musk said. “‘Please go to the store and get me the following groceries.’ That kind of thing. I think we can do that.”
Musk said Tesla would start by giving the robot five fingers on each hand, but that might change.
Musk said at AI Day that Tesla wanted to show it’s more than an electric car company. Several of his employees gave presentations touting Tesla’s expertise in artificial intelligence, which is critical for developing self-driving cars or a humanoid robot.
Musk also joked that the robot would be friendly.
“We hope this does not feature in a dsytopian sci-fi movie,” Musk said.
He also fielded a question from the audience about how the automaker could make the robot part of its business.
“I just don’t see how to reproduce, starting with a supercar and breaking into the lower end of the market,” the questioner said. “How do you do that for a robot humanoid?”
“Well I guess you’ll just have to see,” Musk said.