Tesla's new robosnake is creeping everyone out

Electric auto manufacturer Tesla is known for being an innovator, but the company's latest gadget is getting a lot of attention.

It's a snake-like robotic arm that automatically plugs into the electric car to begin recharging the battery.  But the video -- provided by Tesla and watched over a million times in just a few hours -- has drawn a lot of comparisons to science fiction robots.

"Here come our reptilian overlords," one commenter offered.

Others questioned the true practical purpose of such a device.

"How lazy could you get? It takes a few seconds for a human to plug in the Tesla to a supercharger," another commenter observed.

Company founder Elon Musk shared the video on social media last night, providing few details other than jokingly referring to it as a "robosnake" with a "wide range of applications."

The Washington Post reports the gadget is designed to work with the $67,000 Tesla Model S, which should soon be able to park itself in your garage automatically, and perhaps even drive autonomously as well.

The internet's 'Terminator'-like comparisons are ironic, given Musk's recent warnings about artificial intelligence being a potential threat to the long-term survival of the human race.

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