‘I, Robot’ eat your heart out: Elon Musk says Tesla’s AI humanoid robot ‘Optimus’ that can walk at 5mph and deadlift 150lbs will be ready in THREE MONTHS

'I Robot' eat your heart out: Elon Musk says Tesla's AI humanoid robot 'Optimus' that can walk at 5mph and deadlift 150lbs will be ready in THREE MONTHS

‘I, Robot’ eat your heart out: Elon Musk says Tesla’s AI humanoid robot ‘Optimus’ that can walk at 5mph and deadlift 150lbs will be ready in THREE MONTHS

Elon Musk’s car company Tesla will unveil its AI humanoid robot called ‘Optimus’ in just three months’ time.

Speaking at Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday, Musk said a prototype of the robot will be shown off at Tesla’s ‘AI Day’ on September 30.  

Optimus, which was first announced last August, will stand nearly six foot tall, be able to walk at five miles per hour, and deadlift 150 pounds. 

It will be designed to handle ‘dangerous and boring’ tasks in a factory and other settings, although it will be ‘friendly’ and make a ‘very good companion’, like a pet. 

It should be able to handle a range of jobs – from attaching bolts to cars with a wrench, to picking up groceries in shops. 

Previously-released renderings suggest it could look a lot like the ‘NS5’ robots in the 2004 American science fiction action film ‘I, Robot’.

‘I hope that we will have an interesting prototype to show people,’ Musk said, speaking to British journalist John Micklethwait from a live link-up at the forum, which is taking place in Doha. 

‘We have a very talented team at Tesla that I’m working with closely to have a prototype humanoid robot ready by the end of September. 

‘And I think we are tracking to that point.’ 

The Tesla bot is set to include the Autopilot computer used in the company’s electric cars, which will allow the humanoid to recognise real-world objects, although the robot will have its own customised sensors and actuators.

Tesla’s Autopilot cameras will be fitted in the front of the bot’s head and its inner-workings will be powered by the company’s Full Self-Driving computer.   

Musk, who also owns SpaceX and is the richest person in the world, said there will be ‘other exciting things’ revealed at the AI Day, without giving further details. 

He also touched on job cuts set to take place at Tesla, saying the firm will reduce ‘its salaried workforce roughly 10 per cent over the next three months or so’.   

Tesla first revealed details about Optimus at its AI Day in August last year, along with some digital renderings and specs of what it will look. 

Musk described it as a factory worker but one that could also make an ‘incredible buddy like R2D2 or C3PO’ for the everyday user in the home.  

‘It could develop a personality over time that is unique. It’s not like all the robots are the same,’ the billionaire said on the Lex Fridman podcast in December.

‘That personality could evolve to match the owner, or whatever you want to call it.’

Musk noted that, unlike killer robots, the Tesla bot could be overpowered by the average human.

He has previously said that Optimus could be launched in 2022 and could address global labour shortages. 

AI Day is an event dedicated to displaying the artificial intelligence technologies being worked on at the company. 

Musk told Qatar Economic Forum that Tesla holds such events to ’emphasise that Tesla is a lot more than a car company’. 

‘We are, in my view, the leading real-world AI company that exists.’ 

Musk, in one of his tweets in May, also said that the purpose of the AI day is to ‘convince great AI/software/chip talent to join Tesla’. 

Earlier this month, Musk pushed back the date of Tesla’s AI Day from August 19 to September 30, to give more time for Optimus to be ready. 

The Tesla founder has previously warned the world that robots could kill us all in five years – a statement Musk made in 2014.

He has also said artificial intelligence is the ‘biggest risk we face as a civilisation’.

Source: daily mail

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‘I, Robot’ eat your heart out: Elon Musk says Tesla’s AI humanoid robot ‘Optimus’ that can walk at 5mph and deadlift 150lbs will be ready in THREE MONTHS

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