Elon Musk is proud to show off his Tesla humanoid robot without realizing it’s ridiculous

news hardware Elon Musk is proud to show off his Tesla humanoid robot without realizing it’s ridiculous

During the Tesla AI Day event 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 is fully functional.

Already present in the field of (semi) autonomous electric cars, the conquest of space, neural interfaces or even satellite internet connection, Elon Musk collects high-tech fashions. Often this is successful, but not always.

One wonders where it will lead his desire to revolutionize robotics through humanoid machines equipped with a “brain”, in other words, an advanced artificial intelligence, developed by Tesla. During AI Day, an event that took place last weekend in Palo Alto, the head of the company presented two prototypes of his Optimus robot. But for the moment, perplexity is in order.

A robot more active on video than live

The first Tesla Optimus model is a prototype dated February 2022 according to the chronology proposed by Tesla. On stage, the robot moves arthritically and its movements are very jerky. The live demo is very limited and it’s mainly through an introduction video that we can see him delivering packages to Tesla employees, watering plants, or even stocking items in a factory.

Elon Musk then unveiled a second prototype: this time, the robot was brought onto the stage by three technicians, as the android obviously couldn’t move on its own. If it has a complete body with no visible components, this model of the Tesla Optimus looks even less operational than the previous one.

A far from impressive show

Probably aware that advancing these robots would certainly disappoint the public, Elon Musk warned those in the room asking them to be lenient. For the Tesla boss, however, the presentation was able to surpass last year’s, which was not very complicated sincein August 2021, it was a man in a suit who came on stage, imitating a very awkward “robot dance”.

At least this year, Tesla had something concrete to show the audience.. Elon Musk has announced that Tesla Optimus will be “more impressive in a few weeks”but when we know that his goal is to turn it into a domestic robot, “some kind of friend to hang out with”we tell ourselves that it will take a little longer to really convince.

Where we found out that the costumed dancer was a prototype.

Elon Musk also specified that his robot would cost “probably less than $20,000”a sum that is both low in the field of advanced robotics, but nonetheless particularly high for those who dare to imagine such an android in a domestic environment.

Especially since for many robotics experts, the choice of a humanoid robot is not necessarily the most appropriate to provide a stable and reliable day-to-day experience: “this thing is going to fall a lot”in particular, AI researcher Filip Piekniewski summarized on his Twitter account. He did not hesitate to describe the presentation of the Tesla prototypes as a scam.

We will probably have to resign ourselves to continuing to water our plants ourselves for years to come.

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