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Videos: Elon Musk’s new ‘humanoid’ robot revealed

Elon Musk. (Brendan Smialowski/La Nacion via ZUMA Press/TNS)
December 15, 2023

Tesla has unveiled a new look at its Tesla Optimus robot, highlighting improvements that have been added to its humanoid robot prototype.

In a video released Tuesday on social media of the second generation of the Optimus robot, Tesla, which is owned by billionaire Elon Musk, claims it has reduced the humanoid robot’s weight by 10kg. The video showcases the artificial intelligence robot gently handling an egg, highlighting the robot’s “tactile sensing on all fingers.” The video also shows the Optimus robot walking around around a Tesla garage with multiple Cybertrucks and and practicing squats in a gym.

According to Bloomberg, the Optimus robot is part of Tesla’s attempt to develop artificial intelligence. The Tesla robot is trained with a neural network in order to accomplish simple tasks that would normally be performed by humans.

Tesla’s website notes that the Tesla robot’s purpose is to develop “a general purpose, bi-pedal, autonomous humanoid robot capable of performing unsafe, repetitive or boring tasks. Achieving that end goal requires building the software stacks that enable balance, navigation, perception and interaction with the physical world.”

Tesla’s website also claims that the company is hiring computer vision, deep learning, controls, motion planning, mechanical, and general software engineers in order to “solve some of our hardest engineering challenges.”

“We believe that an approach based on advanced AI for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self-driving, bi-pedal robotics and beyond,” the website states.

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A separate video posted on social media in September featured the Optimus robot sorting building blocks “autonomously” by color. Tesla noted that the robot’s neural network is “trained fully end-to-end: video in, controls out.”

At the time of the September video, Tesla also announced that the Optimus robot was “now capable of self-calibrating its arms and legs.”