Updated: Feb 24
At 2021’s Tesla AI Day, Elon Musk announced that Tesla plans to have a humanoid robot prototype ready next year. The robot, referred to as Optimus temporarily, will be 173 cm tall and weigh 57 kg. Its body will be powered by 40 electromechanical actuators and its face will feature a screen display. Optimus will be able to carry a cargo of up to 20 kg and a deadlift capacity of 68 kg, and it will be limited to a walking speed of 8 km/h. One thing that Tesla has in its favour is its expertise in AI and autonomous systems, because from this perspective the task of self-driving and the task of creating a humanoid robot is not so different. The Tesla Bot could leverage much of the same hardware and software as an autonomous vehicle. The neural nets would need to be reconfigured for the robot's specific tasks and environment however, the underlying network architecture, the camera systems and the computer are likely to stay the same. The robot is still in development, but automation will make physical work a choice in the future, which will have profound implications for the economy and require universal basic income as government policy, said Musk.