Last August, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that his company was in the midst of developing a humanoid robot called Optimus, and now he expects to unveil the prototype at Tesla AI Day #2, scheduled for September 30.
In an interview with John Micklethwait, editor in chief of Bloomberg, earlier this week, Musk expressed optimism that Optimus will soon be ready for prime time.
“Well, I hope that we will have an interesting prototype to show people,” Musk said. “We have a very talented team at Tesla that I’m working with closely to have a prototype humanoid robot ready by the end of September. And I think we are tracking to that point.”
According to Tesla, Optimus will stand 5’8” and weigh about 125 lbs. and will be controlled by the same AI system Tesla is developing for self-driving cars.
Though Musk and others initially designed Optimus to make life easier for human beings by performing boring or dangerous jobs on their behalf, these so-called humanoids seem to bring us ever closer to an AI world that actively diminishes communities and human relationships.
Musk himself admitted to Russian-American AI researcher and podcaster Lex Fridman back in December that Optimus presents an opportunity to address issues of human loneliness.
“To be honest, I have not actually thought about it from the companionship standpoint, but [Optimus] would end up being … it could be actually a very good companion,” Musk said.