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Humans Vs. Robots: Can You Have Too Much Automation?

In 2018, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, made a striking admission on Twitter (now known as X):

“Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”

This marked a significant shift from his 2017 prediction that robots would outperform humans in every task, showcasing a rapid learning capability beyond biological beings. This example has implications for companies looking to leverage AI and automation.


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Marc Emmer is President and Chief Strategist & Facilitator at Optimize Inc.

He is an author, speaker and consultant recognized as a thought leader throughout North America as an expert in strategic planning.