There is still a long way to go for Tesla with its Optimus robot. But at least it’s a real machine, not an individual disguised as a cyborg.
At the time, it was kind of a joke. Elon Musk mentioned a project to develop humanoid robots capable of helping humans with various tasks. But in 2021, the American entrepreneur still had nothing to show: also, the show had been provided by a person disguised as a robot mimicking robotic gestures.
A year later, it is clear that this is no longer quite a simple joke. The new edition of Tesla AI Day 2022 (“artificial intelligence day at Tesla, the car manufacturer behind the famous electric and semi-autonomous cars), organized on September 29, this time showed not an actor , but a real robot.
Optimus, Tesla’s robot, still in “beta”
We already knew his name: Optimus. But we had not yet seen a “functional” prototype in action. The machine presented during the day is indeed able to stand up, to make a few movements with its arms and hands – such as greeting an individual –, to rotate its pelvis and to move forward in a straight line and to change direction.
« The goal of AI Day is to show Tesla’s immense depth and breadth in artificial intelligence, hardware and robotics. », commented Elon Musk, October 1. And, the progress is real: before, it was a disguised person. Now it’s a machine that moves without any cables connected to an external source.