He still looks ridiculous, but he is already able to walk and pick up objects.
During the Tesla 2022 AI Day presentation last night, Elon Musk’s company Tesla demonstrated a working prototype of the humanoid robot Optimus, which will do boring things instead of people.
They use Tesla’s sensors and “autopilot” technologies, but so far they can do little, writes The Verge. However, Elon Musk believes that their development has great potential for use in production.
In a presentation video, the company showed that it already has a working prototype of a humanoid robot. While he does not move too confidently, he is already able to carry boxes, pull parts out of equipment and even water flowers.
The most interesting thing is that his hands are designed in the likeness of humans. Due to the fact that each finger has “two degrees of freedom”, they can interact with almost any object.
The robot itself is equipped with a Tesla SoC processor, Wi-Fi and LTE modules, as well as a 2.3 kW / h battery, which is enough for a whole day of work. Power consumption in a sitting position is about 100 watts, and when walking around 500 watts – about the same as a powerful gaming computer.
It is already known that the production model will be able to move at a speed of 8 km / h and lift loads up to 20 kg. When it is ready, Musk is not ready to speak yet, but notes that in the future the robotics direction may become more important for the company than the automotive one.
Musk estimates that the cost of the robot will be less than $20,000 (about UAH 740,000), which is several times less than modern analogues.
Robot Optimus at Tesla AI Day 2022 presentation
Tesla Optimus: what is known about Elon Musk’s robot
The concept of a general purpose humanoid robot was first presented over a year ago. According to Tesla’s idea, Optimus is designed to replace most of the routine human work. We are talking about shopping in markets and other everyday worries. At the same time, Musk then emphasized that the robot is not aimed at taking jobs from the people themselves.
In early 2022, Musk said that Tesla this year is prioritizing development of a working humanoid robot prototype, rather than launching new products that have been postponed until 2023. The billionaire also noted that the public has not yet seen the value of Tesla Optimus, but this robot “will completely change the global economy.”
Later, the billionaire said that he plans to decentralize control over Tesla robots in order to “prevent the uprising of machines” and a repeat of the scenario from “Terminator”. It will eliminate the organized participation of robots in mass riots.