The human race is merely one step away from entering a world of robotic sci-fi chaos. On Thursday, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s ambitious new project: a humanoid robot that takes care of menial everyday tasks. Musk explained how the ‘Tesla Bot’ will run on the same ai systems as the company’s cars, and stated, “if we don’t someone else would.” Likewise, he joked that “It’s intended to be friendly.” That is until it gains sentience and builds an army to subjugate the human race and take over the world.
Listen, if I had the parts and the brainpower to do so, I would definitely consider building a robotic butler; so I get it Elon. But I’ve seen way too many movies and tv shows to know how this will end. Never vacuuming or doing the dishes again sounds pretty nice, until you wake up at 3 AM to a lifeless screen-faced drone standing over your bed. I don’t think I’d ever sleep again with one of these uncanny helpers in my home.
While reading this news I had a chilling thought. As a 24-year-old, there is a very real possibility that humanoid robots will be household commonplace for the majority of my lifetime. Hell, if I surround myself with the right people, I could be attending a Westworld-style cocktail party in the year 2040 and then get chased by Terminators in 2042. I’m assuming something pretty bad happens in 2041. Regardless, this is nuts. Elon’s a smart guy and all, but he’s literally instigating an apocalyptic scenario that human beings have been predicting for decades. If you thought last year was bad, just wait until next, because the ‘Tesla Bot’ is set to release sometime in 2021.