Trust me, it's on sight.
On Thursday night, in typical fashion, Elon Musk announced vague plans to develop and release a humanoid robot called the "Tesla bot [...] sometime next year."
We've already covered the announcement and how Musk has a horrible track record of overpromising and underdelivering — remember when the underground Loop was supposed to be the superhighway of the future instead of a bumpy taxi ride in a single-lane tunnel? But Insider points out some crucial context about the robot that may or may not someday exist: Notorious AI fearmonger Elon Musk says it'll be designed to be a true lightweight that most people should be able to either defeat in battle — or escape.
What Musk actually unveiled at Thursday's "AI Day" event was, uh, interesting. The Tesla Bot doesn't exist yet, so he instead dressed up some poor, probably-starving actor dancing around in a unitard.
Lmao this is the “robot” you were all excited about?? This a human in a unitard pic.twitter.com/8mBomyv3nu
— Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston) August 20, 2021
It's hard to imagine anyone watching the announcement thinking "uh oh, that guy could beat me in a fight," but Musk still reassured the crowd that the real robot would be a diminutive 125 pounds, five-foot-eight, and travel at a max speed of five miles per hour.
"We're setting it such that it is at a mechanical level, at a physical level, you can run away from it and most likely overpower it," Musk said at the event.
"Hopefully that doesn't ever happen," he added. "But you never know."
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