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Elon Musk Plans to Create $1 Billion AI Robot Butler

Jun 23, 2016 01:58 AM EDT
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Elon Musk and his non-profit AI research company plans to purchase robots and reconfigure them to do house chores.
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From rocket ships to electric cars, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk continues to explore the possibilities of the tech industry. Now, he wants to build a butler, an AI robot butler that is.

It looks like the entrepreneur will not run out of tricks from his sleeve anytime soon. His non-profit artificial intelligence research company wants to build a domesticated robot for the homes to do the dreaded boring house chores.

Musk has also been involved in the field of artificial intelligence aside from his commercial space and renewable energy endeavors. His company, OpenAI, made news earlier this year when he opened a free "AI gym" with virtual environments where developers can train their artificial intelligence programs.

The main purpose of his $1 Billion AI robot butler is to redefine a machine's ability to perform and complete specific tasks. Musk plans to do it by purchasing robots and customizing them to perform house chores. 

"More generally, robotics is a good test bed for many challenges in AI," Elon Musk said in a blog entry. The move is part of OpenAI's dream of building artificial intelligence bots that are safe to be around mankind and can take part in a larger community.

Musk's young AI research company was only launched in December 2015 according to Business Insider. CNET mentions that part of OpenAI's announcement on its blog is to measure their progress in artificial intelligence development by creating a machine that can comprehend natural language and is capable of playing sophisticated games.

If Elon Musk can send a rocket ship to space and back, landing on a barge in the middle of the ocean, then it artificial intelligence fanatics and the public in general are also expecting his new dream intelligent robot butler program to succeed. If that happens, people may not need to do boring house chores ever again.


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