Why is Elon Musk using Tesla earnings to build Tesla Bot?
What comes to mind when you think of “the future”? Science fiction has given us images of intricate cities lightening up our world. Perhaps, you’ve imagined living in a world more like Futurama, riding in a flying car and mingling with robots like we do fellow human beings. The more time moves, the more we can see that that future is coming. But who’s going to build that future?
Nothing, no matter what you want to do in life, success doesn’t come easy. It takes much building, practice and time. People are going to build that future of science fiction and we’re currently living in a great time! Surely, it hasn’t felt that way in a while given the Covid thing and all, but we are. We’re living in a very great time because we get to witness that science fiction future come to life for the first time.
We’re witnessing the building of that future. We just found out that Tesla is using some earnings to build a humanoid robot. At one time, cell phones were something that only a few people had. Now, all of us have cell phones, it seems like. For a while, only some people will own humanoid robot pals but soon, everyone will have them. But for now, let’s see what’s going on with this “Tesla Bot”.
First, we’ll back up a bit and discuss this Elon Musk guy. He’s in the news a lot and we hear he’s pretty rich. But who is he? An entrepreneur and business magnate, he’s the founder of, CEO, and Chief Engineer at SpaceX. Today, we know him as a centibillionaire, thus one of the richest people in the world. Here’s a fun fact: he’s the richest African-American billionaire (though you may not be able to tell from looking at him).
But of course, no matter how rich or poor you are, we still have our stories that tell us who we are. Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He was born into a model/dietitian mother, and an engineer, pilot, and sailor father. As a child, he developed an interest in video and computing games.
He learned computer programming using a manual. By the age of twelve, he sold the code of a BASIC-based video game he created which he called Blastar to PC and Office Technology magazine for about $500.
As the shy and awkward kid in school, Musk was bullied throughout his childhood. He was even hospitalized by a group of boys who threw him down a flight of stairs. This makes him a powerful tale dedicated to children who face bullying at school!
In a breaking news Twitter post just a few hours ago, it was announced that Tesla “plans to release a “prototype sometime next year” of a so-called Tesla Bot. More details to come.” What’s the rest of this decade going to look like? What is our civilization going to look like?
Yesterday, Elon Musk said, “We’re also good at sensors and batteries and we’ll probably have a prototype next year that looks like this. . .” There was an actor in a bodysuit specifically designed to look like the Tesla robot. He said the actor wasn’t a real robot but the Tesla Bot will be.
The announcement was a part of AI Day when there’s a series of tech talks hosted by Elon, looking for machine learning talent. But why is Elon Musk using Tesla earnings to build this bot?
If the Tesla Bot works and performs repetitive tasks that only humans can do today, Musk said, “It has the chance to transform the world economy by driving labor costs down.” He added, “It’s intended to be friendly, of course, and navigate through a world of humans, and eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks.
The robot will be based on the same chips and sensors used for Tesla’s cars’ self-driving features.
How do you feel about this investment of Tesla’s earnings? Let us know how you feel!