Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that Tesla’s AI Day #2 has been postponed to September 30, 2022 said on Twitter that Tesla may have an Optimus prototype that works on the new date. He recently announced a second AI day scheduled for the same date as last year.
AI Day #2: The Tesla Optimus Bot
Speaking at the Cyber Rodeo event in Giga Texas, Elon Musk said Tesla hopes to have a chance to have version one of the Optimus bot in production next year. There are many different opinions as to whether the bot is a new distraction or something useful. I think it might be a mix of both. It will certainly be useful, and if Tesla can develop AI that controls both a robot and a car, imagine the capabilities of that AI that saves lives or finds other ways to benefit us all.
At the same time, I’ve heard some critics worry that the robot doesn’t fit in with Tesla’s mission to accelerate sustainability. I think the critics have a valid point in that they are looking at the short term. In the long run, the robots could help with that too, especially if Tesla is able to solve and use real-world AI to make driving safer for everyone.
During Tesla’s Q1 2022 earnings call, Elon Musk spoke passionately about the importance of the Optimus bot.
“I was surprised that people didn’t realize the magnitude of the Optimus robot program. The importance of Optimus will become clear in the coming years. Anyone who is insightful or listens well will understand that Optimus will ultimately be worth more than the car trade, more than FSD. That is my firm belief.”
Tesla’s AI Day #2 is sure to be filled with exciting updates. Hopefully I’ll join CleanTechnica again this year.
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