Tesla Optimus robot prototype dancing on stage

Trailing Optimus robot revealed at Tesla’s AI Day

After weeks of speculation, Tesla’s AI Day kicked off Friday night with CEO Elon Musk at the helm to showcase the company’s advancements in machine learning, autonomous vehicles and robotics. Musk has spent a lot of time on developments in fully autonomous vehicle technology and further progress on his team’s supercomputer system, Dojo. But the focus of the night was Optimus, Tesla’s worker robot meant to help “end poverty.”

After last year’s mock-up concept model – as demonstrated by a human dressed in a robot suit meant to illustrate Tesla’s vision – the public finally got a real-life glimpse of the robot promised to usher in “a fundamental change in civilization as we know it”.

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This is Tesla’s prototype Optimus “Bumble-C” working test mule. You can also watch the robot in action here.

Bumble-C waving to the Friday night audience. You’re here

It’s important to note that Bumble-C is more of a proof of concept than anything else, and certainly a far cry from the finished product that Tesla hopes to achieve. Either way, Bumble-C slowly walked across the stage (seemingly for the first time without a safety tether system), waved to audience members, and briefly “raised the roof”, but stopped before any demonstration of ability in person. Instead, Tesla showed pre-recorded footage of the working prototype handling packages in an office, watering plants and performing basic manual labor in a factory. “The robot can actually do a lot more than what we just showed you,” Musk said on stage at one point. “We just didn’t want it to fall on his face.”

The newer Optimus model has a sleeker, more Tesla-aligned design, but currently can only move its arms and hands without assistance. Musk alleged that this release was only weeks away from actually going mobile.

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While Musk’s timeline for a market-ready Optimus has been somewhat vague — he’d previously estimated production could begin next year — during the Q&A, he conceded consumers likely won’t see. not the product for at least 3 to 5 years. When, or if, it hits markets, the Tesla CEO said he believes the product will cost less than $20,000, despite offering similarly bullish price ranges in the past. For example, the company’s Model 3 EV was long touted as costing consumers around $35,000 before release; drivers can buy one now for around $47,000.

Optimus joins a very crowded domain of human-like robots, many of whom can be seen doing backflips, running up and down stairs, and performing much more complex dance routines. Musk made sure to point out that Tesla’s project differentiates itself because, unlike a company such as Boston Dynamics, it focuses on delivering high-volume machines to general consumers.

Musk has long expressed fears about artificial intelligence, warning of various robopocalypse scenarios if developed recklessly. Musk’s approach to Optimus, he argued, is to avoid “pav[ing] the road to hell with good intentions.

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