Dusseldorf, San Francisco Optimus’ debut over a year ago was embarrassing. One actor went up on stage dressed as a robot, imitating the rough movements of a machine, and soon danced wildly to techno music. “Obviously, this wasn’t a real robot,” he stuttered Tesla– Boss Elon Musk next. “But the Tesla bot will become a reality.” Within a year he wants to present a prototype to the world.
The fact that the electric car maker was developing its human-like robot surprised everyone at the time: analysts, experts, Tesla enthusiasts — and employees. According to an expert close to the company, its AI department knew nothing of the “Tesla Bot” at the time. Hundreds of developers, neural network experts, and engineers in Palo Alto have been working on self-driving technology for electric cars — but not on robots.
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