- Elon Musk unveils a potentially working Optimus prototype for Tesla AI Day.
- The company is developing its first humanoid robot leveraging Tesla’s expertise in AI.
- The tech billionaire says Tesla could play a huge role in Artificial General Intelligence.
The world was shocked when Sophia first launched and said the words “I will destroy humans” and now, another humanoid robot powered by AI is expected to make its way to the public. Elon Musk, however, is pushing back its reveal date saying that the company could have a working “Optimus prototype” by then.
When the Tesla CEO first broke the word of a humanoid robot in development called Optimus, the world was shocked and Tesla fans were excited. After failed attempts by the likes of Facebook, which previously created two AIs that ended up creating their own language by writing code which resulted in the company shutting down the project, Elon Musk is gearing up for the company’s take on what AI should be.
Elon Musk Could have a Working Robot Prototype by Tesla AI Day
Word of the robot started to spread when Elon Musk tweeted out that the company will be pushing its Tesla AI day to September 30. The reason behind the delay could be that the tech billionaire wants to include a working Optimus prototype within the event.
Tesla AI Day pushed to Sept 30, as we may have an Optimus prototype working by then
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2022
Tesla bull and long-time investor questioned whether the Optimus prototype that might be included on the Tesla AI Day will be the same or at least similar to the model that was initially displayed at the opening of the company’s Giga Texas but no response has been given so far.
Will the Optimus prototype look the same (or at least very similar) to the display model at the Giga Texas opening? pic.twitter.com/D0xfuTCYUU
— Dave Lee (@heydave7) June 3, 2022
What the Tech Billionaire Hopes to Accomplish with the Humanoid Robot
When the project was first announced a year ago, Elon Musk said that a working prototype might be available by the end of the year. The CEO then said that the company could start the production of its robots by 2023.
In order to make the working robots, the company is planning to leverage its current expertise in not just power electronics and batteries, but also Tesla’s AI expertise which will come in handy when designing the robot’s brain.
Although it’s hard to say whether or not everyone is onboard with robots, as a lot of movies have portrayed, people might be afraid that the launch of these humanoid robots could lead to an apocalyptic situation.
Not much detail, however, was released regarding the robots’ abilities and use-cases and observers will just have to wait until the Optimus prototype will finally be revealed potentially during the Tesla AI day which was pushed to September 30.
At the start of the year, Elon Musk even said that the company will be prioritizing the product development of its humanoid robot, Optimus, in 2022 compared to prioritizing other products. With the announcement, the tech billionaire has made it clear that humanoid robots are now at the top of his priorities for Tesla.
Elon Musk also claimed that Tela could “play a huge role in making Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) a reality” through projects that focus on humanoid robots.