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Elon Musk Says His 'Optimus' Robot Will Be Out Soon, A Year Late

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

Tesla, Inc. may have a functioning humanoid robot up and running within months, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk bragged on Twitter, as he postponed the electric carmaker’s second AI Day until Sept. 30 for that reason, Katrina Nicholas reported for Bloomberg.

Photo Insert: Optimus, a.k.a. Tesla Bot

Optimus, first introduced in August 2021 during Tesla’s inaugural AI Day, is a human-sized robot Musk envisions will be able to perform mundane tasks like grocery shopping.

Also known as Tesla Bot, the robotic humanoid will one day have “the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time,” Musk has said.

Musk has a history of unveiling products that are merely prototypes, essentially selling a vision before it exists in reality.

Regardless, his tweet that a prototype humanoid robot may be working by the end of September generated immediate interest, racking up almost 18,000 likes in a matter of minutes. Yet, humanoid robots have been working in Japan and England for years.

According to a presentation made during the 2021 AI event, Optimus will be around 173 centimeters (5’ 8”) tall, weigh around 57 kilograms, and have a carrying capacity of 20 kilograms. It will be controlled by the same artificial intelligence (AI) systems that Tesla is developing for use in its electric vehicles. Essentially, in the future, “physical work will be a choice,” Musk said at the time.

All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

“Tesla is arguably the world’s biggest robotics company. Our cars are basically semi-sentient robots on wheels.”

Musk has not produced self-driving electric vehicles and a number of fatal accidents of his Model S cars have forced US investigators to suspect haphazard manufacturing and dubious technology have zapped Tesla.

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