Elon Musk Unveils New Prototype Humanoid Concept at Tesla AI Day

Musk revealed during the final AI Day in August 2021 Tesla was creating an Optimus-like humanoid robot. At the time, the firm apparently did not even have a prototype to display; instead, it brought a dancer on stage dressed as a Tesla Bot in spandex.

Tesla robots may one day be worth more than its automobiles, according to Elon Musk, who first proposed the idea at AI Day 2021. He also predicted that thousands of them would be employed in Tesla plants, where people assemble cars and batteries.

This year, Musk and Tesla members who joined him on stage reportedly displayed a bipedal humanoid robot that was waving its hands in the air and walking. They claimed that it was simply a “rough development robot.” On stage in Palo Alto, they claimed that the robot was moving for the first time without the use of any mechanical support.

According to sources familiar with the development, Tesla personnel demonstrated the potential functionality of the humanoid robot they are creating, including the actuators Tesla created, which operate as the robot’s muscles, and the adaptable robotic hands that will enable the robot to grip and manipulate a variety of objects.

Tesla personnel reportedly remarked that, despite what robotics experts have said, the company does not need a bipedal robot to improve automation in its factories.

Employees added that they were developing customized batteries and actuators for their robots to reduce power usage and enable them to operate for a whole day on a single charge.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Milan Kovac, Director of Engineering for Autopilot at Tesla, claimed that the company’s experience creating driver assistance systems for Tesla vehicles, particularly computer vision systems, were assisting it in determining how to make a humanoid robot function in the real world.

Cameras and sensors on Tesla vehicles recorded short video clips in the past, and the company’s Autopilot team used manual data annotation to identify and describe things in those films. Data labelers would point up features like lane markers, road limits, or overlapping items like a pedestrian blocking the entire view of a stop sign.

Employees of Tesla Autopilot also extensively discussed their efforts to make Tesla vehicles autonomous without modifying their existing hardware.

The annotated films are used to hone Tesla’s driving assistance systems, which allow its cars to maneuver autonomously avoiding obstacles, while under driver control.

Tesla claims to have created auto-labeling technology that enables the business to consume 500,000 clips every day. In the end, a human is brought in to “finalize” the labels, although they benefit from the system that automatically assigns them.

Previously, Elon Musk co-founded the artificial intelligence startup OpenAI. In 2015, OpenAI bragged that it has developed neural networks that could be used to program a robot hand to solve a Rubik’s Cube puzzle.

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