August 14, 2022



Elon Musk’s promise of a ‘Tesla Bot’ is driving nothing but an anti-human narrative


By Norman Lewis – August 23, 2021

There is nothing wrong with using hype to try to recruit artificial intelligence engineers, but Elon Musk’s promise of a robot in human form should be criticised for its denigration of what it means to be human.

Last week’s Tesla recruitment bonanza in Palo Alto ended with what is perhaps one of the most childish presentations seen in Silicon Valley for years: a person in a tight white suit, their head encased in black, robot-walked onto the dark stage to blaring Techno music, began to Charleston, mimicked the running man, waggled their shoulders, and extended their arms into jazz hands to introduce the ‘Tesla Bot’ – a humanoid robot for performing repetitive tasks – of which, Elon Musk promised, a prototype would be delivered next year.

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