Elon Musk introduces Optimus, Tesla’s ambitious humanoid robot

The Tesla and Space X chief wants to eventually produce a robot that will cost “probably less than $20,000” and be designed to be replicated in “millions of units.”

Elon Musk on Friday unveiled two prototypes of Optimus, the humanoid robot that his company hopes to one day produce by Tesla.million“for”transform civilizationand build athe future of abundancewhere will poverty disappear? “Bumble C“The first version of the robot arrived as it cautiously walked across the California stage of the annual conference”Tesla AI Dayon the electric car maker’s advances in artificial intelligence.

The robot sketched a handshake and the video shows it bringing a package to a worker and watering the plants. The workers also drove wheels on a more advanced Optimus prototype, with less exposed cables but still unable to walk on its own. Elon Musk acknowledged that other organizations have developed more sophisticated robots, but “they don’t have brains and don’t have the intelligence to act on their own (…) And they are very expensive.“, he said.

Tesla’s boss aims for a robot that will become more expensive over time.probably less than $20,000“, and will be intended to be repeated”million pieces“. He is betting on the first deliveries within three to five years. The conference should be used to recruit more engineers to achieve this goal, and thus “fundamentally changes civilization“.

“Moral Obligation”

The multibillionaire presented this project in 2021 for a robot that can perform repetitive tasks instead of humans. “It 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.“, the boss of SpaceX (rockets) and Neuralink (brain implants), has never been stingy with outlandish predictions. “A lot of people think we’re just cool builders“But Tesla too”is a leader in artificial intelligence“, – assured Elon Musk.

Since the announcement of the humanoid robot “Musk faces skepticsWedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives noted. “The market is focused on improved batteries, production capacities of new factories (Berlin, Austin) and competition from all sides for electric cars. Not in humanoid robots“. The executive is also divided on autonomous cars, which it has promised for years. A California agency filed a complaint against Tesla in August, accusing it of lying about these technologies.

But Elon Musk believes he has the best scores in security tests. “You have a moral obligation to accommodate if it reduces accidents and fatalities (autonomy system)“, he claimed on Friday. “You will have lawsuits and criticism because the people whose lives you are saving are unaware of it, whereas sometimes when people die or are injured, states know if there is a problem. on autopilot“.

“Catgirl Version”

Elon Musk plans to test Optimus at the group’s California factory to prove its usefulness. He hopes that the robot will one day.”friendly» and discuss with him « will appearnatural“. It also promised security features to avoid this.”Terminator-like storyline“. “Of course, our robot will be the +catgirl+ version of Optimus“, the whimsical entrepreneur tweeted during the conference with a photo of a silhouette of a woman from behind camped out in front of a line of metal robots.

He declared it to be so twiceis important» that the company that developed this robot is listed on the stock exchange, «because if the public doesn’t 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 wanthe added with a laugh.

This comment will not go unnoticed in the context of the conflict between him and Twitter, which should lead to a high-cost lawsuit in mid-October. The world’s richest man signed a deal to take over the social network in the spring before reconsidering his decision in July. The platform is suing him to enforce his commitment. Elon Musk has said that he wants to make Twitter a private company (not listed on the stock market) so it would avoid any outside control.

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