Elon Musk announced yesterday that Telsa is building a humanoid robot called Tesla Bot. The robot is named "Optimus" and is based on the same chips and sensors that Telsa's cars use for self-driving features. "It should be able to, you know, please go to the store and get me the following groceries, that kind of thing," Musk said.
The robot stands at five foot eight inches tall, and has a screen where the head is for useful information. Tesla is designing it so that humans will be able to run away from the robot or overpower it. It will be able to carry 45 pounds, lift 150 pounds, weighs 125 pounds and can run 5 miles per hour.
The Tesla Bot is an example of Musk’s showmanship, in which he announces that Tesla is working on exciting products to energize employees, customers, and investors. Often, those announcements don’t happen on the timeline predicted. e.g. in 2019 he said they would have 1 million autonomous “robotaxis” on the road in 2020, which are nowhere to be seen.
Short Squeez Takeaway: If the robot does end up working and performing tasks humans don't want to do (pretty much everything humans do these days), get ready to see a dystopian world where the humanoids are all around us. Once these robots learn excel modeling and get efficient at pls fix-ing, investment banking analysts might have to look for another job.