Elon Musk took the stage at Tesla AI Day 2022 to reveal details about a cyborg named Optimus, who he says will revolutionize manual labor.
Robot Optimus took the stage and demonstrated his movements by swinging and raising his arms in the air. Tesla said the robot runs on its own fully autonomous control computer. The company gave a very technical presentation of its efforts to develop and improve the robot, from its first steps to more advanced features such as a “pelvis unlock” that allows its arms to swing.
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“This is literally the first time the robot has been used without [une attache] on stage tonight,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said when Tesla showed videos of him packing and watering plants. “We didn’t want him to fall on his head.”
The robot was covered in a skeleton, with cables and equipment visible, and moved around the stage in greeting. A later generation of the cyborg was also shown, supported by three people on stage.
Musk said he wants the robot to be mass-produced, sell for less than $20,000, and have basic physical abilities such as the ability to move all fingers independently and opposable thumbs with degrees of freedom to use tools.
“It signifies a future of abundance,” he said. “A future without poverty. Where are the people… You can have whatever you want in terms of products and services.” “This is about a fundamental transformation of civilization as we know it,” he said.
Tesla said its latest generation robot is powered by a Tesla computer chip, with Wi-Fi and LTE (long-term evolution) mobile phone capabilities, as well as audio and cyber security features. The company said it runs on a 2.3 kilowatt-hour battery, far less than what is required for an electric vehicle. The company said that the robot’s arms have 11 degrees of freedom, which clearly indicates the directions in which they can move.
The company said it designed the robot with the same mass production goals in mind as when designing a car, so the robot could be built to scale as quickly as possible. Tesla said it could use the robot to perform tasks in its factories, which employ thousands of workers.
Investors and financial analysts are skeptical of Tesla’s ability to build a robot, advising instead to focus on projects closer to Tesla’s core business of electric vehicles.
Friday’s demo shows how Musk wants to solve one of the toughest problems in robotics and artificial intelligence: how to make a machine that will replace a person.
The Optimus Tesla robot is part of the company’s long-term implementation plan new era of automationin which computer algorithms make decisions similar to human ones and improve their knowledge without human intervention.
As the country faces a labor shortage that leaves a high percentage of manufacturing jobs unfilled, companies are developing new ways to automate tasks previously done by humans. These efforts have been criticized by unions but have also been embraced when they have improved worker safety and opened up new opportunities.
If the company could crack the code of humanoid robots, it would certainly be a revolutionary, albeit controversial, breakthrough in the field.
If implemented, Optimus could initially cut manufacturing jobs, which make up about 10% of the U.S. workforce, or $500 billion in annual wages, Jean Munster, managing partner at Loup Ventures, writes in an analysis.
“The global manual labor market is many times larger than the U.S. manufacturing labor market,” he added.
AI Day, Battery Day, and other similar events organized by Tesla tend to aim to attract new employees and generate interest in its latest products. Musk ended his remark about the robot with a nod to those working in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics.
He said he aims to “convince some of the most talented people in the world to join Tesla and help bring it to life and bring it to life on a massive scale so that it can help millions of people.” »
Like some other Tesla products before it, the Tesla robot didn’t have a set launch schedule. But when asked about when it will be available to the general public, Musk said people “probably will be able to get” Optimus within three to five years.