Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils prototype humanoid Optimus robot

Promo image of “TeslaBot” humanoid robot from the chest up, showing a shiny masked face, metallic body and exposed shoulder actuators.
TeslaBot promo picture shared after the AI Day 2022 event | Image: Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a prototype of a humanoid "Optimus" robot that shares some AI software and sensors with its cars' Autopilot driver assistance features. At the start of Tesla's 2022 AI Day presentation, Musk acknowledged that they had "a guy in a suit" last year but promised something much more impressive today.

According to Musk, this prototype can do more than what was shown live, but "the first time it operated without a tether was tonight on stage." Musk predicted it could hit a price of "probably less than $20,000" and later, in a Q&A session, explained that Tesla is very good at building the AI and the actuators necessary for robotics based on the experience of producing drive units for electric cars. Musk said that…

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