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Elon Musk says Tesla is working on humanoid robots

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  1. [6]
    Eric_the_Cerise
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    Already many sites are reporting this was another of Elon's odd jokes. I think Elon's odd jokes are often trial balloons, gauging response to an idea, to see if it's worth actually pursuing. Or at...

    Already many sites are reporting this was another of Elon's odd jokes.

    I think Elon's odd jokes are often trial balloons, gauging response to an idea, to see if it's worth actually pursuing.

    Or at least, I hope that's the case.

    6 votes
    1. [5]
      Omnicrola
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      Hadn't noticed any articles mentioning he was just joking. However is he proposing to do things that are incredibly hard and in no way achievable in the timeframe he thinks they are? Oh...

      Hadn't noticed any articles mentioning he was just joking. However is he proposing to do things that are incredibly hard and in no way achievable in the timeframe he thinks they are? Oh absolutely.

      From the CNN article:

      "'Please go to the store and get me the following groceries.' That kind of thing. I think we can do that."

      That's an incredibly hard problem to solve. We're just now getting to the point where we have robots that can consistently navigate from point A to B in the first place. On wheels. In ideal conditions. Never mind being able to find your groceries and carry them back using a humanoid chassis.

      8 votes
      1. [2]
        rkcr
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        Yes. No one should take this seriously, even if it's not a joke. Tesla is not doing it.

        Yes. No one should take this seriously, even if it's not a joke. Tesla is not doing it.

        10 votes
        1. HotPants
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          When a truck, rolling down hill, can create $25b in market value, I think Elon has a fiduciary responsibility to create a cool looking robotic prototype.

          When a truck, rolling down hill, can create $25b in market value, I think Elon has a fiduciary responsibility to create a cool looking robotic prototype.

          5 votes
      2. [2]
        novov
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        It's not the first time Elon has made promises wildly out of step with the current state of technology.

        It's not the first time Elon has made promises wildly out of step with the current state of technology.

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        1. dubteedub
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          Jan 10, 2016 We are now more than five years past that date and this is still not possible. Elon makes absurd claims all the time. He is a clown.

          In ~2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land & not blocked by borders, eg you're in LA and the car is in NY

          • Jan 10, 2016

          We are now more than five years past that date and this is still not possible. Elon makes absurd claims all the time. He is a clown.

          5 votes
  2. [4]
    Thrabalen
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    I think a humanoid robot is an amazing idea... but not AI controlled (although I also have nothing against that idea.) If we're serious about sending people to Mars, I think a VR-rigged robot...

    I think a humanoid robot is an amazing idea... but not AI controlled (although I also have nothing against that idea.) If we're serious about sending people to Mars, I think a VR-rigged robot would be a better alternative to spacesuits. Leave the person in an underground shelter while the robot braves the environment outside.

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      ali
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      I think a rover is much better suited for the task. Especially for space tasks, human controlled is not as great as it is here. Each small command you want to send takes minutes to arrive at the...

      I think a rover is much better suited for the task. Especially for space tasks, human controlled is not as great as it is here. Each small command you want to send takes minutes to arrive at the bot. I think that’s something unsolvable without AI

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        Thrabalen
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        I was talking about specifically if we send people to Mars (which has been discussed a great deal recently). The humans are in their underground shelters on the planet while humanoid robots (which...

        I was talking about specifically if we send people to Mars (which has been discussed a great deal recently). The humans are in their underground shelters on the planet while humanoid robots (which would not need protective gear) would roam around on the surface, locally, miles away at most.

        2 votes
        1. ali
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          oh I missed the "underground shelter" part - my bad. yes, for that it's a good idea. Funny enough, I did work on a robot control VR application during my final year of university. Running fully in...

          oh I missed the "underground shelter" part - my bad.

          yes, for that it's a good idea. Funny enough, I did work on a robot control VR application during my final year of university. Running fully in the browser and using ROS.

          here's the repo

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