Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's 'Spooky' Humanoid Robot, Boasting Superior Capabilities — While Microsoft and BMW Join Forces to Develop a Competing Robotic Companion.

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's 'Spooky' Humanoid Robot, Boasting Superior Capabilities — While Microsoft and BMW Join Forces to Develop a Competing Robotic Companion.

In a previous communication on X, Elon Musk introduced Tesla Inc.'s humanoid robot, Optimus, emphasizing its potential to "eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks." Musk envisions a future where robots seamlessly integrate into daily life, assisting with mundane chores such as dishwashing and undertaking hazardous missions. In a message dated January 15, 2023, Musk showcased an upgraded Optimus robot skillfully folding a shirt after retrieving it from a small basket.

Optimus is conceived as a versatile humanoid robot capable of tackling a spectrum of tasks, ranging from everyday chores to intricate and perilous assignments. The objective is to develop a robot that combines high capability with safety and a friendly demeanor for human interaction.

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To propel Optimus towards heightened capabilities, Tesla is actively recruiting skilled professionals in motion planning, computer vision, and mechanical engineering to address remaining challenges in robotics.

Elon Musk, during a talk at the National Governors Association 2017 Summer Meeting, discussed the imminent robot revolution, predicting widespread job disruption. Despite acknowledging the potential impact on employment, Musk emphasizes a collaborative future where robots and humans coexist harmoniously, with robots handling routine tasks, enabling humans to focus on more meaningful pursuits.

Optimus Gen 2 represents Musk's latest foray into pushing technological boundaries and reshaping the future. While the project is in its infancy, Musk's history of innovation suggests that Optimus and other AI-powered robots could revolutionize both the job market and daily life.

Recent reports indicate that Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI, creators of ChatGPT, are in negotiations to lead a $500 million funding round for Figure AI, a company pioneering advanced humanoid robots. Figure AI's robot, Figure-01, demonstrated its capabilities by making a cup of coffee on a Keurig machine, learning intricate movements through AI-powered technology after observing humans for approximately 10 hours. The company has garnered attention for its achievements and has formed a partnership with BMW to develop humanoid robots for assembly line tasks, ensuring safe collaboration alongside human workers.

 

------The article excerpted from Yahoo!finance.

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