In a presentation, Elon Musk presented his Tesla electric car company’s latest prototype of a humanoid robot.
The robot waved to the audience and raised its knees at a Silicon Valley event.
The CEO said the robot was in the process of being developed but could be available to the public within a few years.
Engineers at Tesla say their mass-market robots will be tested in factories.
A prototype was wheeled onto the stage during a Tesla AI [artificial intelligence] Day presentation.
The robot left the stage after a brief turnaround. The remainder of the presentation included presentations by more than a dozen members of Tesla’s AI and hardware teams, as well as several short videos of the robot (now tethered for stability) carrying a box, watering plants, and lifting a metal piece at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California.
It was intended to demonstrate more progress with the demo and ensuing presentation, in which a number of Tesla employees offered a bipedal robotics 101 course. It is possible to consider anything beyond humans in costumes as progress. This event aimed to communicate Tesla’s direction, boost confidence in its trajectory, and (hopefully) recruit the talent it needs.