The Tesla and Space X boss wants to produce a robot that will eventually cost “probably less than $20,000” and will be designed to be replicated in “millions of units”.
Elon Musk presented two prototypes of the humanoid robot Optimus on Friday, which his company Tesla hopes to produce one day by “million” for “transform civilizationand build afuture of abundancewhere poverty will be gone. “Bumble C“, a first version of the robot, arrived while walking cautiously on the Californian stage where the annual conference was held “Tesla AI Dayabout the electric car maker’s advancements in artificial intelligence.
The robot sketched a hand salute and video showed it bringing a package to an employee and watering plants. Employees also rolled out a more advanced Optimus prototype, with fewer exposed cables but still unable to walk on its own. Elon Musk acknowledged that other organizations have designed more sophisticated robots, but “they lack a brain and they do not have the necessary intelligence to move on their own (…) And they are very expensive“, he said.
The boss of Tesla aims for a robot which, in time, will cost “probably less than $20,000“, and will be designed to be replicated in “million units“. He is betting on first deliveries within three to five years. The conference should be used to recruit more engineers to achieve this goal, and thus “fundamentally transform civilization“.
The multi-billionaire presented in 2021 this project for a robot that can perform repetitive tasks instead of humans. “It means a future of abundance, a future where there is no poverty, where people will have what they want in terms of products and services.“, detailed the boss of SpaceX (rockets) and Neuralink (brain implants), never stingy with extraordinary predictions. “A lot of people think we’re just a cool builder“, but Tesla is also”the leader in artificial intelligence“, assured Elon Musk.
Since the announcement of the humanoid robot, “Musk faces skepticsnoted analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities. “The market is focused on improved batteries, production capacities of new factories (Berlin, Austin) and competition from all sides for electric cars. Not on humanoid robots“. The boss is also divided on autonomous vehicles, which he has been promising very soon for years. A Californian agency filed a complaint in August against Tesla, accusing it of lying about these technologies.
But Elon Musk believes he has the best scores in security tests. “You have a moral obligation to deploy (an autonomy system) if it reduces the number of accidents and fatalities“, he asserted on Friday. “Even though you’re going to have lawsuits and criticism, because the people whose lives you saved don’t know about it, whereas when people occasionally die or are injured, states know if there’s been a problem. with the autopilot“.
Elon Musk plans to test Optimus in the group’s California factory to prove its usefulness. He hopes the robot will one day be “friendly» and that discussing with him will seem «natural“. He also promised security features, to avoid a “Terminator-like storyline“. “Naturally there will be a +catgirl+ version of our robot Optimus“, tweeted the whimsical entrepreneur during the conference, with the photo of a female silhouette from behind, camped in front of a line of metal robots.
He also declared, on two occasions, that he wasessential» that the company building this robot is listed on the stock exchange, «because if the public doesn’t like what Tesla is doing, the public can buy stock and vote differently“. “It’s very important that I can’t just do what I wanthe added with a laugh.
This comment will not go unnoticed in the context of the conflict between him and Twitter, and should lead to a high-stakes trial in mid-October. The richest man in the world signed a social network takeover contract in the spring, before reconsidering his decision in July. The platform is suing him to force him to honor his commitment. Elon Musk had said he wanted to make Twitter a private company (not listed on the stock exchange), which would therefore escape any external control.
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