news hardware Elon Musk is proud to show off his humanoid robot Tesla without realizing he’s ridiculous
During the Tesla AI Day event, which took place this weekend, Elon Musk’s Tesla Optimus robot took its first steps on stage. And the least we can say is that this prototype still has a long way to go before it’s fully functional.
Already present in the field of (semi-)autonomous electric cars, space conquest, neural interfaces or even satellite internet connection, Elon Musk collects high-tech fads. This often succeeds, but not always.
One wonders where this will lead his desire to revolutionize robotics through humanoid machines equipped with a “brain”., an advanced artificial intelligence developed by Tesla. During AI Day, an event that took place in Palo Alto last weekend, The company boss presented two prototypes of his Optimus robot. But at the moment helplessness is announced.
A robot more active on video than live
The first model of Tesla Optimus is a prototype from February 2022 according to the chronology presented by Tesla. On stage, the robot advances arthritically and its movements are very jerky. The live demonstration is very limited and we can see him giving packages to Tesla employees, watering plants or even storing items in a factory mainly through a presentation video.
Elon Musk then presented a second prototype: this time The robot was brought onto the stage by three technicians as the android was apparently unable to move itself. If it has a complete body with no visible components, this Tesla Optimus model seems even less ready for action than the previous one.
A demonstration that is anything but impressive
Probably aware that further development of these robots would no doubt disappoint the public, Elon Musk warned those present and asked them to be lenient. For the Tesla boss, however, the presentation managed to surpass that of last year, which since then has not been very complicatedin August 2021 it was a man in a suit who took the stage and mimicked a very clumsy “robot dance”.
At least this year, Tesla had something concrete to show audiences.. Elon Musk has announced that Tesla will be Optimus “More impressive in a few weeks”but if we know that his goal is to make him a household robot, “Some kind of friend to hang out with”let’s tell ourselves that it will take some time before we can really convince.
Elon Musk also indicated what his robot would cost “Probably less than $20,000”a sum that is small in the field of advanced robotics, but still the same especially high who dares to imagine such an android in the domestic sphere.
Especially for many robotics experts The choice of a humanoid robot is not necessarily the most appropriate to provide a stable and reliable experience every day: “This thing will fall a lot”summarized in particular the AI researcher Filip Piekniewski on his Twitter account. He did not hesitate to call the presentation of Tesla prototypes a scam.
This Tesla AI tag is terrifying at the next level. Complete and utter scam. Who on earth still believes this bullshit?
—Filip Piekniewski (@filippie509) October 1, 2022
In the next few years we will probably have to put up with continuing to water our plants ourselves.