Tesla Optimus robot, wearing a Giga Texas “Don’t Mess with Tesla” belt buckle, was unveiled on Tesla AI Day 2022. The elegant robot could be mistaken for an art piece, but it is planned to be a useful humanoid robot that will work in Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California. You might be wondering how many will be made and how much will they cost. Elon Musk revealed that millions could be made and that the cost will be less than the cost of a Tesla Model 3.
“Our goal is to make a useful humanoid robot as quickly as possible and we’ve also designed it using the same discipline that we used in designing the car, which is to design it for manufacturing such that it’s possible to make the robot at high volume at low cost, with high reliability.
That’s incredibly important, I mean, you’ve all seen very impressive humanoid robot demonstrations and that’s great but what are they missing?
They’re missing a brain and they don’t have the intelligence to navigate the world by themselves and they’re also very expensive and made in low volume, whereas Optimus is designed to be an extremely capable robot but made in very high volume, probably ultimately millions of units and it is expected to cost much less than a car. I would say, probably less than $20,000, would be my guess. The potential for Optimus is appreciated by very few people.” – Elon Musk
Optimus has great potential to transform civilization into a future of abundance
To ensure this is done right, Elon Musk explained that,
“Obviously, we want to make sure that transformation is a positive one, and safe. But that’s also why I think Tesla, as an entity doing this, being a single class of stock publicly traded owned by the public is very important and should not be overlooked.
I think this is essential, because then, if the public doesn’t like what Tesla is doing, the public can buy shares in Tesla, and vote differently.
This is a big deal, like, it’s very important that I can’t just do what I want. It’s very important that the corporate entity that makes this happen, is something that the public can properly influence. So I think the Tesla structure is ideal for that.” - Elon Musk
A 40-minute Q & A session at AI Day revealed more details about Optimus
- Optimus will be capable of carrying on a conversation with people
- Optimus will not have over-the-air updates like Tesla cars do. This is for safety reasons. Instead, Optimus will have a safety off-switch
- Optimus is expected to be ready for customers in 3-5 years
- People are interested in a Tesla AI podcast to explain what is going on behind the scenes, and Elon Musk said he would like to do this
- There will be many different versions of Optimus, and those endless possibilities will include a cat girl robot
What do you think about Optimus?
Gail Alfar, author. Exclusive to the Scentwedge Blog – October 9, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Links: Tesla Belt Buckle. Tesla AI Day video.