Elon Musk offered first look at the Optimus robot during Tesla’s AI Day

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On stage at a Silicon Valley event on Friday evening at Tesla’s AI Day, tech billionaire Elon Musk has presented the latest prototype of a humanoid robot being developed by his Tesla electric car company. The billionaire has said a robot business will be worth more than its cars. He declared Optimus would be an “extremely capable robot.” The robot performed simple tasks, such as watering plants, carrying boxes and lifting metal bars. Demonstrations focused on addressing the robot’s joints, like its hands, wrists, or knees. It was said Tesla’s mass-market robots will be tested by working jobs in the car factories.

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Mr Musk said the robots would be produced en masse, at a cost lower than $20,000 (£17,900), and be available in three to five years. “It really is a fundamental transformation of civilization as we know it,” he declared. The key test for the robot is whether it can handle unexpected situations. Musk has said that in the future robots could be used in homes cooking, gardening, mowing the lawn and caring for the elderly, and even becoming a “buddy” for humans or a sex partner.Investors and financial analysts have expressed scepticism that Tesla will turn to robotics. Robotics experts warned against believing too much into Musk’s claims. Without doubts there’s plenty of work to be done before the Optimus becomes the ultra-capable autonomous helper that Elon Musk believes it could be.