Tesla plans to have “thousands of humanoid robots within its factories,” according to a new job listing for the Tesla Bot program.
Science fiction has promised us flying cars and robot butlers for decades, people aren’t taking tech companies announcing humanoid robots seriously.
When Elon Musk brought a dancer in a robot costume to the stage to announce the Tesla Bot event at Tesla AI Day last year, it didn’t help people take it seriously; Many saw this as a joke and did not believe Tesla was serious in developing humanoid robots.
However, Musk clarified that the humanoid robot program has become Tesla’s priority.
During a product roadmap update in early 2022, Musk said Tesla is prioritizing product development of the Optimus humanoid robot in 2022 over new product launches, all of which were delayed until 2023.
On several occasions since then, Musk has said that people do not appreciate the value that a Tesla bot can bring to the world. He even went on to say that it can completely change the world economy.
But Tesla doesn’t even need customers for the Optimus robot to prove its worth; The automaker plans to make robots work in its factories to be its best customer.
In a job listing for “Motion Planning and Navigation, Tesla Bots”, Tesla writes that it plans to use “thousands of humanoid robots within its factories”:
Tesla is on track to build a large-scale humanoid bi-pedal robot to automate repetitive and boring tasks. The core, motion planning stack for Tesla bots presents a unique opportunity to work on state-of-the-art algorithms for motion planning and navigation, culminating in their deployment in real-world production applications. Our motion planning software engineers develop and own this stack from inception to deployment. The most important thing, You will see your work being sent and used over and over again by thousands of humanoid robots in our factories,
The company said the first version of the Tesla bot will focus on completing simple repetitive tasks, which will make the robot useful in a factory setting.
Tesla is set to unveil the first working prototype of its humanoid robot on AI Day on September 30.
If Tesla can successfully build a humanoid robot that is useful, the benefits are clear, especially amid the current labor shortage.
But the question is, how advanced will the robot be?
We know that Tesla is putting a lot of resources into AI, and it has made a lot of progress in computer vision, which are going to be useful for robots as well.
However, advances in robotics are also needed to make robots truly useful. Has Tesla achieved this? We don’t know yet, but we will know soon.
When do you think we’ll see Tesla bots working inside Tesla factories? Let us know in the comment section below.
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