Elon Musk presents Optimus, Tesla’s ambitious humanoid robot

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

Elon Musk presented two prototypes of the humanoid robot Optimus on Friday, which his company Tesla hopes to one day produce by “million“for”change civilizationand build afuture of prosperitywhere poverty will disappear. “Bumble C“, a first version of the robot, came walking carefully on the California stage where the annual conference was held “Tesla AI Dayabout the electric car maker’s advances in artificial intelligence.

The robot sketched a hand salute and was shown on video carrying a package to an employee and watering plants. Employees also moved around a more advanced Optimus prototype, which had fewer exposed cables but still couldn’t walk on its own. Elon Musk acknowledged that other organizations have designed more sophisticated robots, but “they lack brains and they don’t have the necessary intelligence to move themselves (…) And they are very expensive“, he said.

Tesla’s boss is aiming for a robot that, in time, will cost “probably less than $20,000“, and designed to copy to “million units“. He bet on the first deliveries in three to five years. The conference should be used to recruit more engineers to achieve this goal, and thus “fundamental change of civilization“.

“moral obligation”

The multi-billionaire in 2021 presented this project for a robot that could perform repetitive tasks instead of humans. “It means a future of prosperity, a future where there is no poverty, where people will have what they want in terms of goods and services.“, detailed the boss of SpaceX (rockets) and Neuralink (brain implants), never stingy with unusual predictions. “Many people think we are a cool builder“, but so is Tesla”the leader in artificial intelligence“, assured Elon Musk.

Because the announcement of the humanoid robot, “Skeptics look like musknoted analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities. “The market is focused on improved batteries, production capacities of new factories (Berlin, Austin) and competition from all sides for electric cars. Not with humanoid robots“. The boss is also divided on autonomous vehicles, which he promised as soon as possible in many years. A California agency filed a complaint in August against Tesla, 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 deploy (an autonomous system) if it reduces the number of accidents and deaths“, he insisted on Friday. “Even though you will have lawsuits and criticism, because the people whose lives you saved don’t know about it, whereas when people occasionally die or are injured, the states know if there was 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 one day the robot will “friendly“and talking to him seems”natural“. He also promised security features, to prevent a “The storyline is like Terminator“. “Naturally there will be a +catgirl+ version of our robot Optimus“, tweeted the strange businessman during the conference, with a picture of a female silhouette from behind, camped in front of a line of metal robots.

He also stated, on two occasions, that he wasimportant»that the company producing this robot is listed on the stock exchange, «because if the public doesn’t like what Tesla is doing, the public can buy stock and vote differently“. “It’s so important that I can’t do what I wanthe added laughing.

This comment will not go unnoticed in the context of the conflict between him and Twitter, and should lead to a high-stakes trial in mid-October. The world’s richest man signed a social network takeover contract last spring, before reconsidering his decision in July. The platform is chasing him to force him to fulfill his promise. Elon Musk has said that he wants to make Twitter a private company (not listed on the stock exchange), which would therefore escape any external control.

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