Elon Musk and the Tesla Bot, Optimus: It must be cheaper than a car, perform housework and take care of the elderly


the billionaire Elon Musk has a strong vision of what the Optimus humanoid robot should be, and showed it in a recent article released for the China market. For the tycoon, the Tesla Bot It must be cheaper than a car, do housework, and even take care of the elderly.

Musk’s article appeared on Chinese Cyberspace, a monthly magazine run by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the agency that regulates the internet in the country. It was translated by the Beijing Channel portal.

According to the billionaire, the humanoid robot of 1.76 meters in height and 56 kilograms in weight it would go into production in 2023. However, by 2022 a prototype will be available.

“The Tesla Bot is close to the height and weight of an adult, can carry heavy objects, walk fast with small steps, and, the screen on your forehead is an interactive interface to communicate with people”Musk describes.

The Tesla boss explained why the humanoid robot is designed with legs.

“Human society is based on the interaction of a bipedal humanoid with two arms and ten fingers. Then, If we want a robot to adapt to its environment and be able to do what humans do, it needs to be roughly the same size, shape, and capabilities as a human.”

Optimus will be a member of the family, according to Elon Musk

Although Tesla’s humanoid robot is initially intended to replace people in “repetitive, boring and dangerous” tasks, it would also have household chores. It would be, technically, a member of the family.

“The vision,” says Musk, “is that they serve millions of homes, in jobs like cooking, mowing the lawn, and caring for the elderly.”

In China, by 2020 there were 248 million older adults, with a forecast of more than 400 million by 2040, according to calculations by the National Committee on Aging of the State Council. 26% of the total population in the country will be over 60 years old.

Chinese authorities predict that by 2040 there will be more than 400 million people over 60 years of age in the country.

“Perhaps in less than a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday present”, the tycoon pointed out.

Musk took the opportunity to reiterate his message about the low birth rate in the world.

“It is foreseeable that with the power of robots we will create an era of extreme abundance of goods and services, and everyone will be able to live a prosperous life. Perhaps the only scarcity that exists in the future is that we, as humans, believe in ourselves.”

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