The Tesla Bot is unleashed as a futuristic solution for all the boring jobs of the future
The concept of a future in which humans will be completely relieved of tasks of the repetiitve, menial and/or manual variety because robots will be doing them all instead is a pervasive one. Tesla has indicated that it is on board with this idea and is already working on making it a reality by developing the requisitive automaton.
Elon Musk has introduced it as the Tesla Bot during the OEM's freshly-completed AI Day event. It is described as an effective anthropodroid that stands 1.73 meters (5 feet 8 inches) and weighs 56.7 kilograms (kg). It has a strikingly human-like appearance (which remains a difficult thing to engineer, even today) with limbs powered by 40 electromechanical actuators, the upper 2 of which even end in 5-fingered hands.
Tesla claims its Bot can walk at 8 kilometers per hour (km/h), and can be programmed to carry out the actions involved in tasks that might range from lifting and carrying out objects to serving in physical stores. It does not have a face so much as a screen, however, which, as Musk notes, might be sufficient to display information or interact with the humanoid robot.
On the other hand, the Tesla Bot currently only exists as a prototype, and is not likely to be released in any form until 2022 at the earliest. Therefore, a future of these new bipedal automatons out working in public may remain the stuff of sci-fi for a little while longer.