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.
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— Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) August 20, 2021
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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Whether you became a home chef when the pandemic began or have always enjoyed crafting delicious meals, it’s undeniable that no home is complete without a cozy kitchen.
Take a peek at these five gems on the market now.
In the South Austin Parten community, this castle-like four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom stunner puts you just minutes from Austin, Dripping Springs and other nearby communities. Stark white and black contrasting features give the interiors a clean look, while a large curving staircase serves as a centerpiece for the ground floor. The chef’s kitchen is spacious, facing the living room and multiple windows, and immediately draws the eye. Upstairs you’ll find a spa-style bathroom, game room with a wet bar and Hill Country Views.This listing is held by Adam Zell.
This hyper-modern, 3,300-square-foot Scandinavian-styled home is a paradise for natural light in Hyde Park. With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms spread across one story, the home rests on concrete columns to protect from extreme climate conditions. Inside, you’ll find crisp, clean trim in the open-plan kitchen with built-in luxury appliances and a walk-in pantry. Lofty 12-foot ceilings and gigantic windows set the tone, with a wet bar and second living room for entertaining. When you retire to the master bedroom, enjoy a warm bath in the soaking tub or enjoy the multi-output shower.
This listing is held by Austin Stowell.
In the heart of Westlake, this stacked three-story new build is a sprawling 4,483 square feet with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The home is centrally located and full of natural light, especially on the open concept first floor, which includes the kitchen, casual dining space and living area. The third floor has a bedroom and loft, perfect for the at-home worker.
This listing is held by Jen Templeton.
This 3,539 square foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Tarrytown townhouse is newly remodeled but still holds on to its vintage charm. Bright white cabinets, a green accented island and quartzite countertops in the kitchen give the space a cheery feeling. Entering on the second floor, you’ll have to walk downstairs to get to the bedrooms, which include ensuite baths and walk-in showers. The third level bonus room is the perfect place for an at-home office.This listing is held by Cindy Fowler.
Just outside Austin in the sleepy town of Wimberley, the Backbone Ridge Ranch is one of the city’s most “iconic and pristine” properties. On nearly 50 acres of land, the house takes you into nature without getting too far from nearby cities. With 4,369 square feet, six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows effortlessly light the entire space. You’ll feel like a celebrity chef while cooking in the kitchen, even more so entertaining from the outdoor kitchen and living space. The 33,000-gallon quarried limestone pool is perfect for those hot Hill Country summers!This listing is held by Nicole Kessler.
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Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
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Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.
Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.
Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.
Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.