Tesla engineers have a deadline to debut Optimus, and the business plans to invest more in robotics.
At the company’s annual AI Day in August 2021, Tesla CEO Elon Musk first unveiled the idea of Optimus, a robot with human-like characteristics. He explained at the time that the robot was intended to be “friendly” and assist people in avoiding manual labor.
Musk stated in a tweet on Tuesday that Tesla had until September 30 to reveal Optimus to the public.
According to Reuters, the corporation is also expanding its robot-related goals through job postings and extra planning time.
On Tesla’s website, there are more than 60 job openings listed under the “Autopilot & Robotics” category, with descriptions like “Mobile Robotics / Tesla Bot – Autonomy Internship.” The company is allegedly “on a path to build humanoid bi-pedal robots at scale to automate repetitive and boring tasks for manufacturing/logistics,” according to the posting.
Investors are wary to say the robots will work despite internal enthusiasm for the idea.
Managing partner Gene Munster of Loup Ventures, a VC firm that owns a stake in Tesla, told Reuters that investors are not enthusiastic about Optimus.
“It’s just such a low probability that it works at scale,” he said, adding that it is “infinitely harder than self-driving cars.”
With their CyberOne robot, the Chinese business Xiaomi beat Tesla to market in August. According to the business, it can even read people’s emotions and engage in small conversation and selfies.
However, creating a robot that can perform a few simple tasks isn’t really inventive, a scientist told Reuters. According to them, the robots must be able to react quickly to less predictable events. Self-driving automobiles are also having difficulty with that.
“If he just gets the robot to walk around, or he gets the robots to dance, that’s already been done. That’s not that impressive,” Nancy Cooke, a professor of human systems engineering at Arizona State University, told the outlet.
In Tesla’s Q4 earnings release in January, Musk stated that the Optimus robot was the company’s most significant project under development.
For Musk, the entire endeavor represents a change. He has previously expressed concern about robots, citing worries about a Terminator-like future. He stated that AI is “more dangerous than nukes” in 2018.
However, more recently, he was careful to stress, as reported by CNBC, that an average person could be able to physically defeat the Optimus at a Tesla event in April.