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Need a hand? Tesla to create humanoid 'Tesla Bot' to help with mundane daily tasks

Tesla unveiled its plans to create a humanoid robot at its AI day on Thursday. (Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley/Twitter)

Tired of taking the trash out?

Tesla CEO and Austinite Elon Musk is hoping to find a solution. His company announced at their AI day on Thursday that they would be creating a humanoid "Tesla Bot" that can make "repetitive and boring tasks" feel straight out of a sci-fi movie.

If "Tesla doesn't do it, someone else will," Musk said, and moving into the humanoid realm is a natural step since they already have most of the technology to pull it off.

With a Self-Driving computer and cutting-edge robots used in the manufacturing process, including those at Austin's upcoming Giga Texas Tesla Cybertruck plant, Musk said Tesla is already a frontrunner in robotics. The new bot will come equipped with Tesla's Autopilot software and eight cameras to analyze its surroundings.

"Tesla is arguably the world's biggest robotics company because our cars are like semi-sentient robots on wheels," Musk said. "It kind of makes sense to put that on to a humanoid form."

At 5'8 and 125 pounds, Tesla's newest project will be humanlike in size and build. Don't worry about an evil robot uprising, either- the robot will walk at a max speed of around 5 miles an hour and carry objects at around 45 pounds.

"We're setting it such that it is at a mechanical level, at a physical level, you can run away from it and most likely overpower it," Musk said.

Musk, who appears to specifically dislike grocery shopping, said the machine will be made more for mundane everyday tasks than cutting-edge missions.

He hopes the robots will be the first step in securing a universal basic income and making physical labor a choice for all.

"It has profound applications for the economy," Musk said, adding that "in the future, physical work will be a choice...but not right now because the robot doesn't work."

Tesla will join auto manufacturers including Honda and tech-companies from around the world in creating its first humanoid robot. Musk said the company hasn't built a functioning robot yet but plans to have a prototype developed by sometime next year.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway