Elon Musk: Tesla's robot is its most important in-development product, potentially bigger...

midian182

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Forward-looking: Being a famous EV company, one would imagine that Tesla’s most important product in development would be a vehicle, but Elon Musk disagrees. The CEO believes that the humanoid robot codenamed Optimus is more significant to the business than anything else in its pipeline.

Speaking during Tesla’s earnings call on Wednesday, Musk called the robot “the most important product development we're doing this year.” That’s a bold claim, considering the highly anticipated Cybertruck, which now isn’t set to arrive until next year, is one of its products in the works, as is the second-gen Tesla Roadster. The $200,000 sports car aims to be the quickest production car in the world, with a claimed 0-60 speed of just 1.9 seconds. According to reports, it also might not ship until 2023.

Tesla unveiled the 5’8”, 125-pound robot during its AI Day conference last August. Musk said it would be able to move at around five miles per hour and be capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive, or boring for humans.

Tesla said it plans to use the same cameras from its Autopilot driver-assistance system in the robot’s head. Eventually, it expects that the AI used for its Full Self-Driving feature will it be implemented in the machine, allowing it to navigate the world and perform tasks without relying on line-by-line instructions.

Speaking on yesterday’s call, Musk added that the robot "has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time." Asked about its initial applications, he said that it would likely be used at Tesla, "moving parts around the factory or something like that."

"The foundation of the economy is labor," he said Wednesday. "So what happens if you don't actually have a labor shortage? I'm not sure what an economy even means at that point. That's what Optimus is about. So – very important."

Musk said Tesla won't be introducing any new vehicle models in 2022 as it instead focuses on maintaining production output of its current models. He offered no specific updates on the Cybertruck, second-gen roadster, or the Semi truck.

h/t: Bloomberg

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Uncle Al

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Better yet, build a quality, dependable, reliable, fully tested & proven product before you bring it to market. Looking at his track record with self-driving I would be afraid of any robot he sells ... the damn thing is bound to attack and kill someone before long and of course, he'll blame the customer!
 

Dimitriid

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Better yet, build a quality, dependable, reliable, fully tested & proven product before you bring it to market. Looking at his track record with self-driving I would be afraid of any robot he sells ... the damn thing is bound to attack and kill someone before long and of course, he'll blame the customer!
AFAIK he already poisoned that well: He's been vocal about that Basilisk nonsense and wanting regulation on AI so now that he's betting on it he's probably even less likely to give a f*!#@ about unexpected consequences because it's mathematically proven that you're just helping the god AI if you intervene and will me obliterad out of existence or some crap like that.
 

wiyosaya

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AFAIK he already poisoned that well: He's been vocal about that Basilisk nonsense and wanting regulation on AI so now that he's betting on it he's probably even less likely to give a f*!#@ about unexpected consequences because it's mathematically proven that you're just helping the god AI if you intervene and will me obliterad out of existence or some crap like that.
And yet he wants to have a chip implanted in his brain! 😵
 

Avro Arrow

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I think that Elon's been smoking the wrong stuff with Joe Rogan. Either that or he's just nuts to begin with.

"The foundation of the economy is labor,"
Only if it's a Socialist economy, otherwise the foundation is capital. In a system where the foundation is capital, the corporate overlords don't need human labour if they have robots. - "DANGER, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!"

"So what happens if you don't actually have a labor shortage? I'm not sure what an economy even means at that point. That's what Optimus is about. So – very important."
When a crap-tonne of people are unemployed, I think that it's safe to say that we don't have a labour shortage.

"Tesla unveiled the 5’8”, 125-pound robot during its AI Day conference last August. Musk said it would be able to move at around five miles per hour and be capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive, or boring for humans."
Yup, Elon's building an army. The terms "unsafe", "repetitive" and "boring" all sound like the life of a soldier.
 

mbk34

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"Musk said it would be able to move at around five miles per hour and be capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive, or boring for humans."
It sounds like he's aiming to directly replace my very existence :(
 

Avro Arrow

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Sorry Elon but if you want a public boost to raise your stock prices you'll need to do better than that: Tie em to NFTs if you want widespread attention to your nonsense.
I often wonder what kooks make up his fan base because he does have one.
Better yet, build a quality, dependable, reliable, fully tested & proven product before you bring it to market. Looking at his track record with self-driving I would be afraid of any robot he sells ... the damn thing is bound to attack and kill someone before long and of course, he'll blame the customer!
Elon Musk reminds me a lot of D/I/c/k Jones. Who knew that Robocop was so prophetic? (Damn that profanity filter!)
Musky's wife would probably be jealous! 🤣
Not if he made it look like her! :laughing:
And yet he wants to have a chip implanted in his brain! 😵
I think that might be an improvement. He'd have a computer to tell him that his idea was bat$hit-crazy before he went public with it.
 

tellmewhy

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The biggest problem is not the robot's brain but the energy source that will power it to be autonomous.

However it would be very impressive if within the next decade they could show a group of ~ 10 smart humanoid robots with titanium skeletons that could build a small house from scratch (given the concrete skeleton and materials) and finish it without any external help even if they need to be remotely connected to the local electricity grid in one of those ways that Nicola Tesla had think for wireless electricity. I think it’s obvious that the energy from a battery isn’t enough to drive a robot for heavy work and it has extra weight too.
 

DaveBG

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Yes, especially when their "car" business has competition from real "car" manufacturers. ;)
Oh yeah the generic "The competition is coming!!1" excuse :D Problem is you and your likes were saying it is just around the corner for the last ... 10-12 years. So what is your current guestimate? When will this famed competition finally come? Wait I know ... this year LOL LMAO
 

wiyosaya

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Oh yeah the generic "The competition is coming!!1" excuse :D Problem is you and your likes were saying it is just around the corner for the last ... 10-12 years. So what is your current guestimate? When will this famed competition finally come? Wait I know ... this year LOL LMAO
And you and your "likes" are saying its never coming. Got it! ROFLLMAO.
 

wiyosaya

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Well it's coming but Dave's not wrong in saying that they're taking forever for the mainstream automakers to get their feces together.
Instead of slapping together "feces"and calling it an EV and running their mouths like Tesla does? IMO, that's an improvement. ;)

No, technically he is not wrong.
 

wiyosaya

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Well that's what the Americans have been doing since the mid 1970s anyway. :laughing:
From what my father-in-law told me, and from some of what my current colleagues do, I'd say its more of a misguided sense of entitlement, in essence, "lets go get paid to f'off all day long because no one will notice". It seems to be a lack of a solid work ethic.

In some respects, I cannot blame US companies for shipping jobs overseas to places where it sounds like the work ethic is the diametric opposite of that in the US. And now, that companies have shipped their jobs overseas, probably many of the same people with the same :poop: work ethic wonder why their job was shipped overseas. :confused: