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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.



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