Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said the robot business will be worth more than its automobiles, and on Friday investors, customers, and potential employees anticipate to see a prototype at Tesla''s "AI Day" that will demonstrate the capability for the robot named "Optimus."
Tesla''s long-delayed self-driving technology will be "worth basically zero," according to Musk in May, indicating that the world''s most valuable carmaker would be "worth basically zero," without achieving full self-driving capability, and it faces growing regulatory investigations as well as technological challenges.
"There will be a lot of technical detail and cool hardware demos," Musk wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday, adding that the event was intended to attract engineers.
Tesla''s live demonstration record is unavoidable. Typically, launches attract outrage, but when Musk had an employee at a steel ball at the armored window of a new electric pickup truck, the glass was dim.
The key test for the robot is whether it can handle unexpected situations.
In August last year, Musk announced a plan for humanoid robots, and a delayed this year''s event to ensure its robot prototype be working, with a promise to begin production next year.
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Tesla promoted the introduction of the bot on social media with an image of metallic robotic hands creating a heart shape. However, building human-like, versatile hands that can manipulate different objects is extremely challenging, according to Heni Ben Amor, a robotics teacher at Arizona State University.
According to Musk, Optimus, an assumption to the powerful and gracious leader of the Autobots in the Transformers media division, would perform boring or dangerous tasks, including moving parts around Tesla factories or attaching a bolt to a car with a wrench.
"There''s so much about dexterously what works for robots," Jonathan Hurst, the chief technology officer at Agility Robotics, a humanoid robot company, told Reuters.
Robots may be used in homes, making dinners, mulling the lawn, and caring for elderly people, as well as being a "buddy" for humans or a sexual partner, according to Musk.
He will perform on Friday''s event to present details on Tesla''s long-delays plan to start self-driving automobiles, as well as on its high-speed notebook, Dojo, which was unveiled last year, and which the company believes is vital to its development of self-driving technologies.
Musk has stated that he expects Tesla to achieve complete self-driving this year, and that mass produce a robotaxi with no steering wheel or pedal by 2024.
Musk promised 1 million robotaxis by 2020 at an Autonomy event in 2019, but has yet to deliver such a vehicle.
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