Dusseldorf, San Francisco The first appearance of Optimus a year ago was embarrassing. An actor took to the stage in a robotic costume, imitating the rigid movements of a machine, only to soon dance wildly to techno music. “It was clearly not a real robot,” murmured Tesla– Boss Elon Musk later. “But the Tesla bot will become a reality.” In a year he wants to present a prototype to the world.
The fact that the electric car maker was developing its own human-like robot surprised everyone at the time: analysts, experts, Tesla fans — and employees. According to an expert close to the company, its department of artificial intelligence (AI) knew nothing about the “Tesla bot” at the time. Hundreds of developers, neural network experts and engineers in Palo Alto were working on autonomous driving technology for electric cars — but not robots.
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