Tesla’s New Humanoid Robot Is Named Optimus

Here’s the full reveal of Tesla’s latest prototype of the future: A humanoid robot (or ‘Tesla Bot’) named Optimus.

The robot hasn’t been built yet, but according to Elon Musk, they hope to have their first prototype completed some time next year.

Optimus will stand 5’8, weigh about 125 pounds, and have a screen for a face. It’ll be designed to be “friendly” and capable of navigating a world “built by humans.” And most importantly, says Musk, it’ll “eliminate dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks.”

Tesla are using the tools and techniques they’ve developed from working on their self-driving cars to help Optimus navigate. The robot will also have “human-level hands,” an autopilot camera, and 40 electromechanical actuators.

Strangely enough, thoughts of a robot apocalypse or AI uprising aren’t far from Musk’s thoughts — he explicitly says the robot is designed so a human could easily run away from or (“most likely”) overpower it if things get weird.

“Hopefully that doesn’t ever happen,” says Musk, “But, uh, you never know.”


Rob Schwarz

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