Elon Musk admits that Tesla relied on ‘excessive automation,’ says ‘humans are underrated’

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk meets the press at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

Tesla relied too much on robots, and not enough on humans.

That’s what Elon Musk admitted on Friday, tweeting that “excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake.”

Musk was responding to a tweet with a linked story about Tesla’s production delays for its highly-anticipated Model 3 sedan.

There’s no question that automation, robotics and AI will transform society in the years to come — particularly when it comes to employment trends. But as Musk noted today, human intellect and process will still have its advantages, at least for now.

The CBS News story also shows Musk talking about how robots slowed part of the Tesla 3’s production. “We put too much new technology into the Model 3 all at once,” Musk told CBS.

For more perspective on the issue of AI and robotics replacing human jobs, check out what Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, has to say in these reports:

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