'Optimus Prime' humanoid robot prototype unveiled at Tesla AI Day is expected to be much cheaper than a car
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed a prototype of a humanoid robot, he says uses the company's artificial intelligence software and the sensors that power its advanced driver assistance features.

At the start of Tesla's AI Day 2022 presentation, Musk said they had "a man in a suit" last year, but promised something even more impressive today.

According to Musk, it can do more than has been shown, but "the first time it walked without a tether was on stage tonight." Musk said their target price is likely to be less than $20,000.

When the back door of the stage opens, a deconstructed Optimus emerges, walking forward and performing a "lift the roof" dance move. Musk said after the move that they wanted to stay safe, so they didn't want the robot to do so much on stage that it would "fall a dog and eat shit."

Afterwards, the company showed some video footage of the robot performing other tasks like picking up boxes. Then, Tesla's team brought another prototype with its body fully assembled but not fully functional. It was subsequently revealed that the robot initially shown was developed within the past 6 months.

It is reported to contain a 2.3 kWh battery pack that runs on a Tesla SoC and supports Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity.

"This would be a fundamental shift in civilization as we know it," Musk said, continuing that Optimus has the potential to improve economic output "by two orders of magnitude."

Musk first announced the Tesla Bot at last year's Artificial Intelligence Day, promising it would be "friendly" and have the potential to revolutionize the company's assembly lines and manufacturing operations.


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