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Tesla CEO announced he will be able to start large commercialization of a humanoid robot in 2023.
It’s a bit of fiction meeting reality.

Elon Musk has ambitions for the future of humanity.

And the whimsical and visionary CEO of Tesla (TSLA) seems in a hurry to realize this vision.
What he has in the boxes is likely to raise the hair of more than one of his detractors. Above all, it risks raising ethical questions. The billionaire says it will soon be possible to upload your brain abilities into humanoid robots.

“Could you imagine that one day we would be able to download our human brain capacity into an Optimus?”, Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, asked Musk in a recent interview.

Optimus is a robot Tesla introduced in 2021.

“I think it is possible,” Musk responded.

“Which would be a different way of eternal life, because we would download our personalities into a bot,” Döpfner continued.

Musk agreed, and then added: “Yes, we could download the things that we believe make ourselves so unique. Now, of course, if you’re not in that body anymore, that is definitely going to be a difference, but as far as preserving our memories, our personality, I think we could do that.”

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When asked if it’s imminent, Musk doesn’t say no.

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“I’m not sure if there is a very sharp boundary. I think it is much smoother,” he developed. “There is already so much compute that we outsource. Our memories are stored in our phones and computers with pictures and video. Computers and phones amplify our ability to communicate, enabling us to do things that would have been considered magical.”

“We’ve already amplified our human brains massively with computers,” he said.

The first Tesla robot, namely “Tesla Bot”, was introduced in August 2021. It was 5 feet and 8 inches tall and also weighed 125 pounds. In January, Musk called it “the most important product development we’re doing this year.”

Musk indicated in January, during the fourth quarter earnings’ call, that the next big product Tesla is working on in 2022 is Optimus, a human in a robot suit the company unveiled in August 2021.

The Tesla Bot, as it was dubbed, would use the same artificial-intelligence systems that helped power Tesla vehicles, Musk said.

“I think actually the most important product development we’re doing this year is actually the Optimus humanoid robot. This, I think, has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time,” he told analysts. “If you think about the economy, it is — the foundation of the economy is labor. Capital equipment is distilled labor. So what happens if you don’t actually have a labor shortage? I’m not sure what an economy even means at that point. That’s what Optimus is about, so very important.”

In the interview, Musk ensured that the humanoid robots are almost there.

“I certainly don’t want to have anything that could potentially be harmful to humanity. But humanoid robots are happening,” he said. “The rate of advancement of AI is very rapid.”

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Besides their use in Tesla factories where they will perform repetitive tasks, Musk sees other uses for these robots.

“Optimus is a general purpose, sort of worker-droid. The initial role must be in work that is repetitive, boring, or dangerous. Basically, work that people don’t want to do,” the billionaire explained.

He also believes that Optimus will play a role in our daily lives: Optimus is “a general focused humanoid.”

A prototype Optimus will be ready by the end of the year and Tesla plans to market it from 2023, says Musk.

“I think we will have something pretty good at the prototype level this year, and it might be ready for at least a moderate volume production towards the end of next year,” Musk promised.

However, Musk admitted in 2018, too much automation is a “mistake”.

“Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated,” he wrote.

(TheStreet)

 

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WhatsApp To Get Additional Features For Better Interaction

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WhatsApp To Gets Additional Features For Better Interaction

By John Michael Ojo
WhatsApp users will henceforth get more value for their money from the Meta-owned messaging platform following the launch of new features, including expansion  of size of group video calls to accommodate 32 people, increasing the group size to 1024 from 512 and allowing users to carry out polls in group chats.

The announcement of the new features was made known on Thursday by  Mark Zuckerberg.

“Today, we are excited to share our vision for a new feature we are adding to WhatsApp called Communities. Since WhatsApp launched in 2009, we’ve been focused on how we can help people have the next best thing to an in-person conversation when they want to talk to an individual or a group of friends or family,” Mr Zuckerberg said.

He added, “We also frequently hear from people who are using WhatsApp to communicate and coordinate within a community.”

The communities feature changes in admin controls, and introduces support for sub-groups and announcement groups. The feature will also allow 32-person voice and video calls, larger file sharing, emoji reactions, and polls.

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When the feature is launched, admins of existing group chats will be able to transition their group to ‘Communities’ or opt to re-create their group as a ‘Community’.

Mr Zuckerberg noted that the encryption aspects of the ‘Communities’ feature was to “raise the bar for how organisations communicate with a level of privacy and security not found anywhere else.”

The ‘Communities’ feature has been in testing with over 50 organisations in 15 countries to gain early feedback.

 

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BREAKING: Mass Sacking As Elon Musk Completes Takeover Of Twitter

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BREAKING: Mass Sacking As Elon Musk Completes Takeover Of Twitter

The $44 billion (£38.1 billion) Twitter deal begun by the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has been completed with his takeover of the company.

This was disclosed by an investor in the firm who tweeted “the bird is freed”, in an apparent reference to the deal closing.

A number of top executives, including the boss, Parag Agrawal, have reportedly been fired.

It brings to a close a saga that saw Twitter go to court to hold the multi-billionaire to the terms of a takeover deal that he had tried to escape.

Twitter has not yet confirmed the takeover, but an early investor in the company told the BBC that the deal had been completed.

Mr Musk, a self-styled “free speech absolutist”, has been critical of Twitter’s moderation policies and the news will be greeted with mixed feelings by Twitter users and employees.

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Many people on the right of US politics will celebrate the exit of Agrawal as chief executive. They view people like Agrawal, and his predecessor, Jack Dorsey, as liberals who are curtailing free speech.

They also think that under their stewardship, Twitter has censored conservative voices – an accusation that Twitter denied.

Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and the firm’s top legal and policy executive, Vijaya Gadde, are no longer with the company, according to US media reports.

Agrawal and Segal were escorted out of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters after the deal closed, the Reuters news agency reported.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone thanked Agrawal, Segal and Gadde for their “collective contribution” to the business.

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Meanwhile, Bret Taylor – who had served as Twitter’s chairman since last November – updated his LinkedIn profile to indicate that he was no longer in the post.

 

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Users Stranded As WhatsApp Goes Down

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By John Michael Ojo
Millions of WhatsApp users have been left frustrated due to their inability to either send or receive messages on the App.

This was disclosed by Downdetector, a website which tracks online outages across the globe, stating that it recorded a sharp spike in the number of users reporting WhatsApp’s outage

Downdetector also revealed that the problems started at around 08:00am on Tuesday morning and is currently affecting millions of users across the world.

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However responding to the technical hitch, a Meta spokesperson said the company was working to restore services “as quickly as possible.”

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible,” he said.

 

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