Tesla boss Elon Musk on Thursday presented a project for a metallic humanoid robot, which will be capable of performing repetitive tasks and will be designed using the same technology as the company's semi-autonomous vehicles.

The whimsical entrepreneur has promised for next year a first prototype of the "Tesla Bot", which will have five fingers on the hands and a black and white androgynous silhouette.

"Tesla is certainly the most important robotics company in the world, because the cars are semi-conscious robots on wheels, with an on-board computer dedicated to autonomous driving," said Elon Musk at an event. online on his group's advances in artificial intelligence.

“It makes sense to give it all a humanoid form,” he added.

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The humanoid robot should be "friendly"

The aim of the presentation, which focused on the development of autonomous driving technologies, was to attract new engineers.

Tesla is being investigated for its “Autopilot” and “Full Self Driving” (FSD) driver assistance technologies.

They are accused of misleading motorists into the belief that vehicles can drive themselves almost alone.

But that topic was not touched upon during the two-and-a-half hour lecture and audience questions broadcast live online.

The Tesla Bot will be "friendly" and you can "run away from it faster than it seems," joked Elon Musk.

He also spoke of "profound implications for the economy", since "the economy is based on work".

He thus envisions a world where physical effort will no longer be compulsory, but “a choice”.

Second richest man in the world according to Forbes, Elon Musk has created other start-ups: SpaceX, which has become the world's first private rocket launch company, and Neuralink, which specializes in brain implants.

He believes in the risk of artificial intelligence competing with human civilization and hopes, thanks to Neuralink, to achieve a "symbiosis" between humans and these technologies.

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