Elon Musk unveils his new humanoid robot
Tesla's Optimus humanoid robot.
Tesla boss Elon Musk on Friday showed off two prototypes of the humanoid robot Optimus, which his company hopes to one day produce in the millions to “transform civilization” and build a “future abundance” where poverty will be gone.
Bumble C, an early version of the robot, arrived cautiously on the California stage where the annual Tesla AI Day conference was taking place on the electric car maker's advances in artificial intelligence (AI).
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The robot sketched a hand wave, and a video showed it bringing a package to an employee and watering plants.
People have also brought in a more advanced prototype Optimus on wheels, with fewer exposed cables, but still unable to walk on its own.
Elon Musk acknowledged that other organizations have designed more sophisticated robots, but they lack a brain and lack the intelligence to move on their own […] And they are very expensive.
The Tesla boss is aiming for a robot that will eventually cost less than US$20,000 (about CA$27,300), and will be designed to be replicated in millions of units. He bets on the first deliveries within three to five years.
The conference must serve to recruit more engineering specialists to achieve this goal, and thus fundamentally transform civilization .
The multi-billionaire had presented in 2021 this project for a robot that can perform repetitive tasks instead of human beings.
This means a future of abundance, a future where there is no poverty, where people will have what they want in terms of products and services, detailed the boss of SpaceX (rockets) and Neuralink (brain implants), never stingy in extraordinary predictions.
A lot of people think we're just a cool builder, but Tesla is also the leader in artificial intelligence, Elon Musk has claimed.
Since the announcement of the humanoid robot, Musk faces skeptics, noted analyst Dan Ives of investment bank Wedbush Securities. The market is focused on improved batteries, production capacities of new factories [in Berlin and Austin] and competition from all sides for electric cars. Not on humanoid robots.
The Tesla boss is also dividing people on self-driving vehicles, which he's been promising very soon for years. A Californian agency filed a complaint against the company in August, accusing it of lying about these technologies.
But Elon Musk believes he has the best results in security tests. You have a moral obligation to deploy [an autonomy system] if it reduces the number of accidents and fatalities, he said on Friday.
A robot as natural as possible
Elon Musk plans to test Optimus in the group's California factory to prove its usefulness. He hopes the robot will one day be friendly and that chatting with him will feel natural. He also promised security features, to avoid a Terminator-like scenario.
Naturally there will be a catgirl versionof our robot Optimus, tweeted the whimsical entrepreneur during the conference, with the photo of a female silhouette from behind, camped in front of a line of metal robots.
He also declared , twice, that it was essential that the company building this robot be publicly traded, because if the public does not like what Tesla is doing, the public can buy shares and vote differently.
It's very important that I can't just do what I want, he added with a laugh.
This comment does not go unnoticed in the context of the dispute between him and Twitter, which is due to lead to a trial in mid-October.
The x27; the richest man in the world signed a contract to buy the social network in the spring, before reconsidering his decision in July. The platform is suing him to force him to honor his commitment.
Elon Musk had said he wanted to make Twitter a private company (not listed on the stock exchange), which would therefore escape all control exterior.