Tesla’s humanoid robot Optimus waved and danced on stage at the company’s AI event. Elon Musk said the bot could do more

  • Tesla’s long-anticipated AI robot made its official debut by dancing and waving on stage at the company’s AI Day.

  • “The robot can actually do a lot more than we showed you. We just didn’t want it to fall on its face,” Elon Musk said.

  • At last year’s AI Day, Musk announced his plans for the bot by having a human in a robot costume dance onstage.

Tesla’s long-anticipated AI humanoid robot, Optimus, made its public debut on Friday night at the company’s AI Day.

The bot, which is currently only a “rough prototype,” according to Tesla, waved and slowly danced for the crowd on stage during the event.

“The robot can actually do a lot more than we showed you. We just didn’t want it to fall on its face,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the crowd.

A video was then shown of the Optimus prototype lifting a box, watering a plant, and doing some light lifting in a factory setting.

Tesla's Optimus prototype watering a plant in a video

The concept of Tesla’s AI humanoid bot was first introduced at Tesla’s AI event in 2021, though in its initial debut, the “bot” . At the time, Musk said the robot would be designed to do “boring, repetitious and dangerous” work.

The prototype Musk presented at this year’s AI day was built with “semi-off-the-shelf” materials, but he presented the crowd with what he said was a fully Tesla-designed version.

This second bot was carried by a team of engineers because “it wasn’t quite ready to walk, but it will walk in a few weeks,” Musk said.

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