Elon Musk wants to build robots that do chores

Elon Musk and Chore Fixing Robots

Elon Musk wants to build robots that can handle our daily chores.

Musk on Tuesday announced alongside other leaders of non-profit artificial intelligence group Open AI jointly that they are “working to enable a physical robot … to perform basic housework.”

“We believe that learning algorithms can eventually be made reliable enough to create a general-purpose robot,” the group said in the blog post. Musk as well as Sam Altman, the president of

The post was signed by Musk as well as Sam Altman, the president of venture firm Y Combinator, and two staff members at Open AI.

Elon Musk is a co-founder of Paypal and the founder and President of SpaceX and Tesla.

The hope is to build a chore-completing robot that can respond to verbal commands. They also aim to have the robot ask for clarification if it doesn’t understand the request being made by its owner.

Artificial Intelligence is a major speaking point for Musk. Both he and Altman have voiced their concerns that AI is “our biggest existential threat” and Musk warned against “summoning the demon” through its development.

Altman last fall said “I think AI will …most likely lead to the end of the world. But in the meantime, there will be great companies created with serious machine learning.”

The nonprofit group’s stated goal is to “advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.”

Written by Franklin Simmons

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