Tesla unveiled its new humanoid robot and showcased Artificial Intelligence systems on Thursday. The AI system is the most talked about, being criticized for Autopilot- Tesla’s self-driving car program that was responsible for a fatal crash in March.
Tesla Inc., which has been bringing advancements to the field of electric cars since 2009 with its Model S sedan, now looks forward to expanding into other sectors by unveiling a second product from its “Master Plan.
This time around it unveils not just an upgraded model but something entirely different: A human replica robot called Elon Musk or EMIKbot (a play-off of CEO Elon Musk). With this latest announcement comes criticism over how safe people think autopilot – tesla’s driverless features – are after a series of fatal accidents involving the autopilot program.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is making a bold new venture with his latest company by developing an AI robot. The 5-foot-8 inch tall machine will be able to move at speeds of up to five miles per hour which would make it difficult for humans to run away from it but still slow enough so that they could overpower its lightweight frame.
In his statement, Musk said that Tesla is the world’s largest robotics company, and building a humanoid robot would be an appropriate next step. The humanoid robot will use all of the tools available in Tesla vehicles to navigate autonomously outside of our homes.
The announcement also comes at a time when other companies are trying to establish their own foothold in this market. This includes fellow electric car company, General Motors and its Chevrolet Bolt EV that is slated for release later this year as well as Ford’s plans to launch an all-electric model.
In a conference call, Elon Musk said their intention is to create something that can read and write in natural language- AI that can interact with humans “as naturally as other people.” He also hinted at the development of an open-source platform for artificial intelligence so others could contribute to it. This would then make this technology more affordable and accessible.
The Push for Driverless Cars
We are on the verge of an electric car revolution. It will be a decade or two before we see this change fully unfold, but it is just around the corner. Electric cars and battery technology have been improving exponentially in recent years, which has led many companies to invest heavily into making their vehicles more efficient and eco-friendly than ever before.
The push for driverless cars is in full swing. Many companies are investing heavily into making their vehicles more efficient and eco-friendly than ever before, while others have invested even more money into researching autonomous technology such as the self-driving car. In a survey conducted by PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) around 90% of people revealed that they would be willing to give up ownership of their car and rely on autonomous technology, as long as it could provide them with comparable service.
Tesla, GM, and Ford are all in a race to see who will be the first company to get driverless cars on the road for commercial purposes. The competition is heated as private companies scramble to develop this technology while also trying to keep up with new innovations coming out of Google’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo (formerly known as the Google Car project).
The EMIKbot is a central piece of the company’s plan to integrate with artificial intelligence. As Elon Musk spoke on Thursday, he said that Tesla will be holding a competition for its brainpower and looking for engineers who would rather work in an “unorthodox” environment that embraces all-hours engineering (as opposed to the traditional nine-to-five schedule).
The new robot is a key part of CEO Elon Musk’s plan for integrating Tesla with artificial intelligence. He said it was like creating something that can read and write in natural language, which makes them more accessible and affordable. His intention is also to create an open-source platform to attract more talent.
Future of Labor in a World with Robots
Elon Musk Says the Future of Labor in a World with Robots is Universal Basic Income
Elon Musk took to Twitter this morning (of course) and shared his thoughts on how physical labor will be done by robots, which he sees as inevitable. He also touched briefly upon universal basic income for cases where people won’t have jobs because they are replaced by autonomous machines.
The future of labor in the world with robots will be drastically different than it is now. There won’t be one single way that a robot or artificial intelligence (AI) will do all jobs, but rather these technologies and machines will take on some roles while humans still perform others. This means that there are probably going to be fewer jobs available in the future than there are now, and with this comes a lot of uncertainty.
For example, it is predicted that by 2030 as many as 73 million jobs could be lost to automation in America alone. This includes some occupations like fast-food workers which have traditionally been low-paying jobs often filled by teens or those trying to supplement their family income. Those jobs won’t be replaced by automation but rather will become obsolete with the change in work culture predicted to happen over the next decade or two.
This is a difficult topic for many people because it means that there are going to be some major changes happening for everyone who relies on occupation as their way of life and their way of supporting themselves and their families.