but what does Elon Musk do with his humanoid robot Optimus?

On September 30, the company You are here will organize an event dedicated to its innovations in artificial intelligence. It is during Tesla AI Day that it presents behind the scenes of its electric, connected and intelligent vehicles.

This is where she shows an overview of the artificial intelligence drive systems bringing the autopilot of her electric cars to life and explains her vision for the next steps.

Last year was a special moment because Elon Musk had pre-announced the Robot Teslaa science fiction-like humanoid robot, endowed with artificial intelligence and which can relieve humans for basic and boring tasks before becoming, later, a real companion automaton whose electronic brain will evolve according to the users.

The Tesla Bot in the spotlight during AI Day

The billionaire has promised a first demonstration of a working prototype before the end of 2022 and this year’s Tesla AI Day event has been postponed for several weeks, in principle to allow this first appearance of the automaton.

Few details are known about its configuration and even less about what it will actually be able to achieve. The Optimus robot, named after the leader of the Autobots in the Transformers franchise, could be produced in thousands of copies and begin its career on Tesla’s production sites, which are already partly automated.

In the longer term, this type of human-looking robot, or android, will be able to participate in household chores and accompany the elderly as a service robot, or even become a robotic companion or even a sexual partner.

Reuters indicates that job postings and numerous internal meetings about the humanoid robot create some excitement but also cause fear or skepticism.

Showmanship or real progress in the field of robotics?

In these times when the labor market is being shaken up by the rise of the robotization of tasks first and then of artificial intelligence now, affecting even trades and practices that seemed totally reserved for humans, the The emergence of this type of automation, which combines cutting-edge robotics and AI, could pose a bit more of a threat to jobs.

But does the technique already make it possible to achieve the ambitions displayed by Tesla and its emblematic boss Elon Musk? Some experts doubt it. We have seen automatons with a human face or doggie robots intended to entertain and perform certain domestic tasks, but the experiments tend to stop.

Astro, the Amazon robot that wants you well

Same Amazon tried to offer a Astro home robot but immediately saw a certain hostility towards personal data and the abandonment of the respect for privacy necessary for its operation. This did not prevent him from buying iRobot, a specialist in robot vacuum cleaners.

To impress, Tesla will therefore have to imagine a innovative demonstration. Making the robot walk or dance has been done many times before and hardly fascinates the public anymore.

but what does Elon Musk do with his humanoid robot Optimus?

A hint may have been given with one of the event teasers in which robotic hands draw a heart. Index of flexibility and adaptability or simple nod to humanoid robots?

Has the company succeeded in overcoming certain classic robotic obstacles, such as responding to unforeseen situations, adapting and improving the types of tasks, or even an operating and maintenance capacity that would allow large-scale deployment? We will have to wait a few more days to find out.

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