Watch Elon Musk unveil Tesla’s superior humanoid robotic

Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed the company is building a highly advanced humanoid robot.
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Musk dropped the surprise news during a presentation at Tesla’s A.I. Day event on Thursday, August 19.
After appearing first in a brief video, the robot then strutted onto the stage and performed an astonishingly complex dance. Except the stage version was in fact a human dressed to look like the robot. “Obviously that was not real,” the Tesla CEO confirmed to the audience as the performer slunked off.
The upcoming “Tesla Bot,” as Musk called it, is designed to “eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks,” with a prototype expected to appear some time next year.
Musk said it made sense to design the robot as Tesla engineers have already created “semi-sentient robots on wheels” in the form of its vehicles, and therefore much of the technology should be able to be refined and transferred.
Tesla Bot stands at 5 foot 8 inches, weighs 125 pounds, and has a display on its head “for useful information.” It’s also packed with actuators for natural movement, including “human-level hands.”
Tesla Bot includes a version of Tesla’s autonomous navigation system powered by multiple cameras to help it find its way and keep clear of hazardous obstacles. Built-in artificial intelligence smarts mean it will be able to learn and respond to instructions. “Please go to the store and get me the following groceries,” Musk offered by way of example.
He also suggested it could perform tasks on the Tesla production lines, a comment that may have sent a chill down the spines of the current workforce. On that issue, Musk said he believes that with robot technology taking more and more jobs, offering people a universal basic income will one day become a necessity.
Apparently keen to reassure those living in fear of an even more extreme robot takeover, Musk quipped that Tesla Bot has been designed with a top speed of 5 mph “so you can run away from it and most likely overpower it,” adding, “It’s intended to be friendly, of course.”
It’s clearly a monumental task to build and meaningfully deploy a truly useful humanoid robot, with the likes of Honda, for example, having ditched its impressive Asimo robot, and with other more recent efforts falling well short of expectations.
But let’s hope Tesla can take the design to the next level and properly surprise us when it unveils its humanoid robot in 2022.

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Waze hooks up with PAW Patrol for driving instructions from canine

Waze likes to roll out fun features from time to time, the latest one landing with the launch of PAW Patrol: The Movie.
Aimed at kids, or, more accurately, parents who’re keen to keep their littl’uns entertained on long drives, U.S.-based Waze users can now get driving directions from Ryder and his loyal team of rescue dogs.

“To celebrate PAW Patrol: The Movie, the first-ever theatrical release of PAW Patrol on August 20, you and your young passengers can turn each drive into a mission with the community-loving heroes and their iconic vehicles,” Waze said in a message announcing the new feature. “Once activated, you’ll be guided by Ryder, who will kickstart your mission (or drive), and fan favorite Pups Marshall, Skye, and Chase will be on the case, navigating your drive and keeping you in the know on anything happening nearby or on your route.”
You can also change your Waze Mood to Chase, Marshall, or Skye and “ride into action with Chase’s Police Cruiser, Marshall’s Fire Truck, or even Skye’s Plane if you fancy a less conventional way to get where you’re going.”
How to access PAW Patrol on Waze
To use PAW Patrol for navigation on iOS and Android, tap on My Waze at the bottom of the display, then on the Settlings icon. Next, tap on Voice & Sound, and then Waze Voice under Voice Directions. Finally, look down the list and select PAW Patrol.
It’s certainly not the first time that Waze has dived into the world of children’s entertainment to keep kids distracted. A couple of years ago, for example, it used several voices from Sesame Street to guide people along, with the Cookie Monster turning out to be a huge hit among the show’s cast of characters.
More adult-focused navigators have included the likes of Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jay Leno, and even Elvis Presley. As with all of its celebrity voices, the PAW Patrol feature will run for a limited time so you’d better hurry if you want to try it out.
If you’re still getting to grips with Waze and want to learn more, skip across to Digital Trends’ guide featuring all the top tips and tricks.

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Nissan’s Z goes again to the longer term with retro styling, fashionable tech

No car has tested the maxim “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” like the Nissan 370Z. The two-seat sports car has had one of the longest production runs of any vehicle in recent memory. It was unveiled in late 2008, and has soldiered on with only minor updates since then. Even in old age, the 370Z wasn’t a bad car, but Nissan needed to keep pace with modern tech to prevent one of its most hallowed nameplates from getting stale.
Unveiled in New York City today, and scheduled to go on sale in the United States in spring 2022, the 2023 Nissan Z (the numerical prefix has been dropped) inherits a legacy that goes back over 50 years. The new Z is the successor not only to the 370Z, but also to the Datsun 240Z, which became an instant classic when it was unveiled in the Big Apple in 1969.
Over the ensuing decades and half-dozen generations of cars, the letter Z has come to represent affordable performance to car enthusiasts. Nissan has coasted along on that good will for over a decade now, even as the auto industry has experienced a tech revolution. So now that a new Nissan is finally here, will it be worth the wait?

For its first new Z in over a decade, Nissan chose to look backward. The 2023 Z is a remix of styling cues from different past Z models. Previewed by the Z Proto concept car unveiled last year, the overall shape is a throwback to the Datsun 240Z, while the LED headlights have two half circles, specifically referencing the Japan-only 240ZG of the 1970s. The LED taillights move things forward a couple of decades, taking inspiration from the Z32-generation Nissan 300ZX of the 1990s.
The changes are only skin deep, however. The 2023 Nissan Z uses a modified version of the old 370Z body shell. You can tell by the shape of the rear quarter windows, which are unchanged from the previous-generation car, as well as the specifications. The 2023 Z is a bit longer than the 370Z, but width and height are unchanged, along with the 100.4-inch wheelbase. Both cars also have identical headroom and legroom, according to Nissan.
Still, the new Z’s two-seat interior should be a nicer place than the old car’s, mostly because, unlike the old cabin, it was designed around modern tech features. For example, the steering-wheel controls on the 370Z seemed like an afterthought, but Nissan claims the 2023 Z’s “deep-dish” steering wheel will improve on that. The new car also gets seats designed with lessons learned from the Nissan GT-R, the automaker’s performance flagship. Cloth upholstery will be standard, with leather optional.

The Nissan 370Z was a great car for driving enthusiasts, but not tech enthusiasts. The 2023 Z aims to improve on that with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Those are big upgrades, considering that the 370Z didn’t even come with a touchscreen as standard equipment.
Moving up from the base Z Sport model to the Z Performance will also net a 9.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.
Unlike the 370Z, all 2023 Z models also get a decent array of standard driver aids, including automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and forward-collision warning.

Big changes were made under the hood as well. The previous naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 engine has been replaced with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6. It’s the same engine used in the Infiniti Q60 coupe and Q50 sedan, from Nissan’s luxury brand. It’s also a bit of a throwback to the Z32 Nissan 300ZX, which was offered with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine as well.
This is a smaller engine than before, but the twin turbos allow it to generate 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, compared to the 332 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of the outgoing 370Z. Consequently, Nissan claims the 2023 Z will beat the outgoing model’s zero to 60 mph time by 15%.
Like every previous generation, the 2023 Z is rear-wheel drive because of the handling benefits that offers. It also continues with a six-speed manual transmission and Nissan’s SynchroRev Match feature. Introduced on the previous-generation 370Z, it automatically blips the throttle to make shifts smoother. Alternatively, you can get a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and launch control.
Nissan claims to have stiffened up the body shell, which, along with wider front tires, allows for a 13% improvement in cornering g-forces, according to the company. However, Nissan didn’t quote a curb weight for the new model, and we’re very curious to see if it’s gained weight. The new Z’s extra power might compensate for increased poundage, but the lighter a car is, the better it feels in the corners.

Nissan hasn’t released pricing information yet, only saying that the 2023 Z will be available in Sport and Performance flavors, along with a Proto Spec special edition. Limited to just 240 units, it will have styling features inspired by the Z Proto concept, including yellow brake calipers and bronze 19-inch Rays wheels.
While it’s unclear how they will compare on price, it seems likely that the Z will compete against the Toyota Supra, another two-seat Japanese sports car with a heritage nameplate. The Z and Supra have traditionally been considered rivals, but they haven’t been on sale in the U.S. at the same time since the 1990s.
Like the latest Supra, the 2023 Nissan Z will also be a sports car in-betweener. It’s bigger and more powerful than the Mazda MX-5 Miata or Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR 86 twins, but not quite on the same level of the Porsche Cayman or Chevrolet Corvette.
However, the biggest test may be convincing tech-savvy car shoppers, who may have written the Z off as a has-been, to give this new model a try.

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