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Insert Terminator and The Matrix jokes; here is Tesla’s mad new ‘solid metal snake’ automated charger for the Model S electric vehicle, in action.

Tesla founder Elon Musk first hinted at the creepy articulated charging arm in January, when he tweeted about a device that “automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz”.

Today we get our first look at Musk’s snake in action (steady on), with a prototype at Tesla headquarters in Silicon Valley shown operating just as described.

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Tesla has offered precisely zero information with this new video, and, apart from Musk’s tweet, there has been no indication that the solid metal is destined for a market launch.

And, if you’re worried that Tesla might evolve this slippery gadget into an intelligent weapon of war, relax: Musk is a key signatory of a letter penned with Stephen Hawking and other top minds that calls for preventative measures that will keep ‘A.I.’ from the battlefield.

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