By now you’ve probably seen some of the buzz around Tesla Motors’ (TSLA) self-driving cars.
The company’s cars can drive themselves from one point to another with minimal intervention.
You can even drive them yourself.
But in an interview with Vice News, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at another form of automated driving.
“I’m not a car guy, but I like robots,” he said.
Musk said the cars could also be used to make money.
“The thing that I think is very interesting is to make some kind of money out of this,” he told Vice.
Musk suggested that Tesla’s cars could be used as “cheap labor.”
But even if you’re not sure about that, Musk’s comment could also have implications for the future of self-service robots.
Musk has been saying for years that Tesla would release a self-learning car by the end of 2020, which could give a glimpse of what the future might look like.
If Tesla can make money off of robots, it could make a lot of money.
And Musk’s comments suggest that self-drive cars could make up a lot more of Tesla’s future than it seems.
Self-driving robots could be cheaper and less labor intensive than human workers, and could eventually eliminate human drivers altogether.
And it’s not just cars that Musk thinks could become autonomous.
Musk also hinted that Tesla could build self-flying drones to take out terrorists, which is a lot easier than it sounds.
“Drones will be the future,” Musk said.
“We’ve got to get them right.”
And if the cars can become cheap labor, then the robots could help with that as well.
But the biggest concern about autonomous vehicles is that they could end up destroying the human-dominated workforce.
Musk’s prediction of robots replacing humans isn’t totally far-fetched.
“If you look at the robots that are being developed, it’s pretty clear that they’re not human.
They’re mostly machines that can’t really do anything,” said Peter Norvig, an associate professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a former top adviser to the Department of Defense.
“That’s one of the reasons why robots are so bad, and I think it’s a big reason why they’re so bad.”
But if robots become so cheap that we stop being human, then that could actually have far-reaching consequences.
Musk and Musk aren’t the only ones worried about robots replacing human jobs.
Other experts are concerned that self‑driving cars will result in the mass automation of the workplace, which can lead to mass unemployment.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, the job market will become increasingly difficult to compete with.
The paper cites a study from the McKinsey Global Institute that estimates that by 2025, the U.S. job market is expected to be 20 percent less competitive than it is today. In the U