Elon Musk’s ‘creepy’ Optimus robot will be ‘worth more’ than Tesla and do your shopping

Elon Musk believes his army of Tesla robots will one day be worth more than the company itself.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed this week he thinks the Optimus robot will “ultimately be worth more than the car business, worth more than [full self driving].”

On an earnings call, he told investors: “I was surprised that people did not realize the magnitude of the Optimus robot program.”

The Optimus robot, which was first announced late last year at a Tesla ‘AI Day’ event, is a 5ft 8in tall humanoid android weighing 125lbs.

Musk says it is designed to do jobs humans can’t be bothered with, and will eliminate “repetitive and boring” or even dangerous work.



FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at an event in Hawthorne, California April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon/File Photo
Musk said “it could develop a personality over time that is unique. It’s not like all the robots are the same.”

Musk also claimed that the robot will have “profound implications for the economy” and that it is “intended to be friendly and navigate through a world built for humans”.

The robot will even have a ‘personality’. Musk told the Lex Fridman podcast: “It could develop a personality over time that is unique. It’s not like all the robots are the same.

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

Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car company, has spent some years building a sophisticated artificial intelligence system for its cars called Full Self-Driving.



The Tesla bot will have a realistic height and weight
The Tesla bot will have a realistic height and weight

While this is still in its beta testing stages, Musk believes the AI ​​will be useful for more than just cars in the future. On Twitter, he once wrote: “We have almost all the pieces needed for humanoid robots since we already make robots with wheels.”

However, given Musk’s track record of promising products and delivering much later, some are doubtful about whether the Optimus will ever come to fruition.

One technologist, Raj Rajkumar, said: “Is the ‘Tesla bot’ the next dream shot to pump up the hype machine? I can safely say that it will be much longer than 10 years before a humanoid bot from any company on the planet can go to the store and get groceries for you.”

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