Elon Musk Hints at Unveiling Tesla Humanoid Robot Prototype


Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on Thursday that the company’s much-vaunted artificial intelligence (AI) event day has been delayed due to its Optimus humanoid robot project.

The second annual Tesla AI Day had been scheduled for August 19 but Musk said it would be pushed back to September 30.

“Tesla AI Day pushed to Sept 30, as we may have an Optimus prototype working by then,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

Musk had said the event would feature “many cool updates”, including a preview of Tesla’s upcoming robot, the Tesla Bot.

The electric carmaker has said it has used technology developed for manufacturing its vehicles to create the “next generation of automation”, including a bipedal, humanoid robot capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring.

Tesla’s website is still advertising for “mechanical, electrical, controls and software engineers to help us leverage our AI expertise beyond our vehicle fleet”.

According to a report in Barron’s, Musk last year mandated Tesla to develop a product of priority called Optimus in the form of a humanoid robot.


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