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Tesla touts its neural network at company's first AI Day
Tesla Inc. showcased its artificial-intelligence systems on Thursday amid renewed criticism for Autopilot, its most-talked-about AI-based system, as it unveiled its next big project: a humanoid robot.
At the company's first AI Day, Chief Executive Elon Musk gave a preview of the Tesla Bot, a 5-foot-8-inch robot with a screen for a face, weighing about 125 pounds and capable of moving about 5 mph -- slow enough for people to
run away from and small enough so a human could overpower it, Musk joked. He said a prototype is expected next year.
Musk said building a humanoid robot is a logical next step for Tesla, since, he said, it's already "the world's biggest robotics company," with its cars basically robots. The humanoid robot will use all the tools in Tesla's vehicles -- sensors, cameras, neural networks, etc. -- to autonomously navigate the outside world.
"We're making the pieces that would be useful for a humanoid robot, so we should probably make it. If we don't, someone else will -- and we want to make sure it's safe," Musk said.
"I think this will be quite profound," Musk added, speculating that the robot could eventually change how the world works. While it could be used for things as basic as household chores, it's intended for "unsafe, repetitive or boring" tasks, he said. "Basically, what is the work people would least like to do?"