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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveils Optimus, a humanoid robot


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The newest humanoid robot prototype being created by tech billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla electric car company has been unveiled.

At a Silicon Valley event, Optimus made an appearance on stage and raised its knees while waving to the crowd.

The CEO stated that although the robot was still under development, it might be available for purchase in a few years.

According to company engineers, mass-market robots from Tesla will be tested by performing tasks in the auto factories.

During the annual Tesla AI Day presentation, the prototype was wheeled onto the stage.

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A video of Optimus doing straightforward tasks, like watering plants, carrying boxes, and lifting metal bars, was shown to the audience.

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According to Mr. Musk, the robots would be mass-produced in three to five years for less than $20,000 (£17,900).

The head of Tesla predicted “a future of abundance.”

He went on to say, “It really is a fundamental transformation of civilization as we know it.

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The path of the Terminator

Investors and financial analysts have voiced skepticism about Tesla’s decision to pursue robotics, urging it to concentrate on initiatives more closely related to its core competency of electric cars.

But Mr. Musk claimed that he wished to address one of the most challenging issues in artificial intelligence: how to create a machine that can take the place of a person.

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Tesla wanted to ensure that the transition to a society in which robots did the work and people reaped the benefits was a safe one, according to the entrepreneur who once warned that artificial intelligence would be a threat to humanity.

He warned against going down the “Terminator path,” alluding to the popular movie about a killer cyborg.

He continued by saying that Tesla was incorporating safety features, such as an impenetrable stop button.

Mr. Musk argued that the public company’s social responsibility would be decided by its shareholders.

Tesla’s AI Day aims to showcase new products and recruit new employees.

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