- Elon Musk recently sat down with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer.
- Musk shared his thoughts on potential uses for Optimus, a humanoid robot that Tesla is developing.
- He said it could help preserve memories and personalities if people “upload” these things to Optimus.
Elon Musk has high hopes for a future with humanoid robots.
“Humanoid robots are happening,” he said. “The advancement rate of the AI is very fast.”
Musk shared his thoughts during a recent conversation with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California.
He talked about potential future uses for Optimus, a humanoid robot made by Tesla.
“Optimus is kind of a general-purpose worker droid,” the Tesla CEO said. “The initial role must be in repetitive, boring or dangerous work. Basically, work that people don’t want to do.”
When asked if Optimus could figure into people’s everyday lives, such as helping out around the house, Musk agreed, saying it would be a “generalist humanoid.”
He said he thought it was possible that people could one day upload their brain abilities into an Optimus.
“We could upload the things that we think make us so unique,” he said. “Now, of course, if you’re not in this body anymore, it will certainly make a difference, but in terms of preserving our memories, our personalities, I think we could do that.”
Musk also talked about the robot’s bipedal design.
“Humanity designed the world to interact with a bipedal humanoid with two arms and ten fingers,” he said. “So if you want a robot to fit in and be able to do things that humans can do, it has to be roughly the same size, shape and ability.”
Musk said he thinks Tesla will have “something pretty good at the prototype level” this year and may have “at least moderate volume production” by the end of 2023.
He first unveiled the 5-foot-8, 125-pound “Tesla Bot” at an Enterprise AI event in August 2021. In January, he called it “the most important that we do this year”.
Besides Optimus, Musk talked about a range of other topics in the interview. He shared his thoughts on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying, “We can’t let Putin take over Ukraine.” He added that he thinks Putin is “much richer” than him, even though Musk is the world’s richest person on record.