After more than a year of waiting, Tesla has finally presented a prototype of its humanoid robot Optimus. Unfortunately, the experts were disappointed by this machine, which was much less advanced than Elon Musk let on… rest assured: the uprising of the machines is not for now.
As part of its AI Days conference on Friday September 30, 2022, Tesla finally presented a prototype of its humanoid robot Optimus announced last year.
Unfortunately, and despite the cheers of a audience mostly made up of Tesla employeesthe bipedal machine failed to impress the experts.
The bipedal robot has waved and moved her hips more or less to the rhythm of the music, with the agility of an old man looking for his walker.
Suffice to say that we will have to wait a little longer for the robots to offer us the “ future of abundance promised by Elon Musk. The positive point is that the machines are not likely to lift against humans by tomorrow. And for good reason, for now, Optimus still has need to be lifted BY humans to get on stage…
A second prototype made of Tesla auto parts, presented as more advanced, had to be supported by a team of engineersbecause ” he is not yet ready to walk, but will be able to walk in a few weeks »…
Several robotics engineers, AI experts and other tech enthusiasts have been disappointed with the limited capabilities of this robot presented via live stream.
According to CEO Elon Musk, “ the robot can actually do a lot more than what we just showed you, but we didn’t want him to fall head first “. An unconvincing way to justify the modest spectacle offered to the audience.
In a video presented in parallel, we can still see the prototype of Optimus lift a box and water plants. Not enough to cause general amazement…
A robot similar to the Xiaomi CyberOne
Previously, the billionaire has often criticized robot demonstrations other companies. According to him, he lack a brain to these machines to have the ability to navigate autonomously. We could therefore expect Optimus to be much more advanced.
This machine is based on the same artificial intelligence as Tesla’s self-driving cars, driven on thousands of images and equipped with cameras and sensors to perceive its environment.
However, during this event, the humanoid didn’t really stand out competition. It remains comparable with the Chinese Xiaomi’s CyberOne unveiled last month.
In comparison to Boston Dynamics robots, capable of performing extremely sophisticated back flips and choreographies, Optimus even seems to have a train behind…
AI experts ridicule Tesla
This demonstration did not impress many people except Tesla employees. AI researcher Filip Piekniewksi thinks Optimus is just plain ridiculous and embarrassing and calls it “ complete and total scam ». According to him, a drop test would be good and necessary for this robot because it will probably fall a lot.
This Tesla AI day is next level cringeworthy. Complete and utter scam. Who on earth believes this bullshit anymore?
—Filip Piekniewski (@filippie509) October 1, 2022
Similarly, robotics expert Cynthia Yeung points out that this automaton is not revolutionary. She calls on Elon Musk to recruit better specialists…
— Cynthia Yeung 🤖📦🌱 (@ctwy) October 1, 2022
In addition, some also criticize Tesla for have chosen the humanoid format for his robot. According to Tom Ryden, executive director of startup incubator Mass Robotics, “ when trying to develop a robot that is both useful and affordable, humanoid size and shape is not necessarily the best path “.
Launch in 3-5 years for less than $20,000
During the presentation, Elon Musk claimed that this robot would cost ” probably less than $20,000 » and that it is designed to be product ” millions of times ». Once again, the entrepreneur promises that these machines will soon be able to mow our lawns, prepare our meals and watch over our ancestors.
He explains that ” our goal is to manufacture a useful humanoid robot as fast as possible “. However, he is aware that there is “still a lot of work “. According to him, it will take another three to five years for Optimus to be ready…