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Elon Musk's OpenAI is working on a robot butler

The artificial intelligence company wants to develop a robot that can be flexible, helpful and intelligent enough to do all your boring housework.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and co-chair of OpenAI.


OpenAI, the non-profit artificial intelligence research company, wants to put a household robot under your roof. In a post signed by ex-Googler Ilya Sutskever, CTO Greg Brockman and company co-chairs Sam Altman and Elon Musk -- better known as the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla -- OpenAI announced that it was working on a robot that could take care of chores around the house.

OpenAI isn't building the machine itself, however. Using an off-the-shelf automaton manufactured by a different company, it wants to develop learning algorithms sophisticated enough to create a general-purpose robot that can receive commands and complete household tasks.

The post also detailed some other goals for the open-source AI company, including ways to measure progress of artificial intelligence development, making a machine that can understand natural language and creating an AI that follows in the footsteps of Google's DeepMind, capable of playing sophisticated games like Go.

Robo-butlers, here we come.