When it comes to humanoid robots, we assume that Japanese scientists and technology companies based in Japan are at the forefront. Well, American companies like Boston Dynamics and Tesla, want to be different.
At the first Tesla AI Day in 2021, Elon Musk announced that Tesla was working on a working human-sized robot. Well, in September 2022 Tesla does appear to be unveiling its first working prototype robot, aptly named the Optimus.
Elon Musk announced in a tweet that this year’s Tesla AI Day will have to be pushed back to September 30 due to the amount of time they will need to complete the prototype robot Optimus.
Musk and his team of engineers at Tesla believe Optimus has the potential to overtake their EV business. The Tesla bot Optimus will measure an average human height of F’8 inches and will have some physical traits very similar to humans. Tesla’s humanoid is designed to take on mundane human tasks and give humans more time to engage in a variety of creative and scientific endeavors.
It will be interesting to see how this would play out in the real world. Anatomically, Tesla’s humanoid is shaped exactly like a human. Anthropologists around the world agree that the human form isn’t necessarily the most intelligent design when it comes to most of the physically demanding tasks we have to perform. Because of this, you’ll find that most functioning robots rarely look like modern humans.
It will be interesting to see how Tesla implements its humanoid robots and what applications their robots are used for.
You have to remember that lately Elon Musk was missing many of the deadlines he had set himself. According to Musk, SpaceX should have landed on Mars by now, and Tesla’s robotic taxis would have conquered most American cities.
However, the technocrat worked hard. He works with NASA for their commercial crew transport, one of his dream projects, Starlink, is running in most parts of the world, and Starship is still a work in progress. In addition, the Dragon spacecraft is now the de facto cargo delivery partner for the International Space Station (ISS).
Knowing Elon Musk and his tendency to pull a rabbit out of thin air at the most crucial moments, it’s highly likely that we’ll actually see Tesla’s first humanoid robots this September. It remains to be seen how practical and functional these robots will be.
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