By the end of September, TESLA should have a working prototype of a humanoid robot.
CEO Elon Musk announced a second Tesla “AI DAY” for August 19, which will include “lots of cool updates” from the company’s projects.
Last year’s event focused on the self-driving program, but also announced plans for the humanoid robot “Tesla Bot” – known as “Tesla Optimus”.
The second AI day was then pushed back to September 30, and Musk wrote on Twitter, “By then we may have a working Optimus prototype.”
During an interview at the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday, Musk said the company is moving toward a working prototype.
“Well I hope we have an interesting prototype to show people,” he said.
“We have a very talented team at Tesla that I am working closely with to have a humanoid robot prototype ready by the end of September. And I think we’re pursuing that point.”
He also hinted that other things will be shown at the event that will prove Tesla is a “real AI company.”
“We have these kinds of AI day events just to emphasize that Tesla is much more than a car company and that I believe we are the leading real-world AI company out there.”
Musk said in previous interviews that he believes the first version of the bot will start production sometime in 2023 and be able to perform tasks like grocery shopping.
He has explained that Optimus was designed so humans can overtake and overwhelm it if necessary, but emphasized that it will not pose a threat as its control will be decentralized.
Musk previously said on the Lex Fridman Podcast that his Tesla Bots could one day be both companions and workers.
He said: “It could develop a unique personality over time. It’s not that all robots are the same.
“This personality could evolve to suit the owner, or whatever you want to call it.”
Tesla is also expected to provide updates on its Dojo supercomputer, which was unveiled during last year’s AI Day.
A general update is also expected on the company’s self-driving program, the first real-world application of Tesla’s AI.
Musk called for an agency to oversee and regulate AI development to guide the technology to help the public.