Tesla Optimus Humanoid Robot Draws Crowds at World AI Conference

Enclosed inside a glass case, Tesla’s Optimus robot drew lines of attendees eager to see the latest version

Ben Wodecki, Jr. Editor

July 8, 2024

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Tesla's Optimus Gen 2 on display at WAIC
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Tesla’s second generation Optimus humanoid robot drew significant attention at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, despite being displayed in a glass case. 

First unveiled last December, Optimus Gen 2 boasts improved motion and handling capabilities and can do routine tasks such as folding laundry.

Displaying the latest version of the humanoid robot, Tesla stated in a post on the Chinese social media platform Weibo that attendees would "witness the re-evolution of humanoid robots."

Although the humanoid robot was enclosed in a glass case and no demonstrations were held, attendees eagerly lined up to take selfies with it.

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Optimis Gen 2 stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 121 pounds. Since its initial debut in 2021, the robot has undergone several revisions, with Tesla making improvements to its dexterity and movement.

The humanoid robot on display in Shanghai was one of the few American technological innovations showcased at WAIC, which was largely dominated by Chinese companies.

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Powered by Tesla-designed neural networks and computer vision systems, the company has significant plans for the humanoid. Elon Musk previously suggested its robotics work may outweigh its automotive business.

The company envisions the robots performing both routine tasks around homes and taking on industrial roles in factories.

Related:Musk says Tesla Optimus Robot will be ‘cheaper than a car’

The robots will also have 5G connectivity. Recent Tesla job listings showed the company was seeking engineers to provide a “best-in-class connectivity experience” for its humanoid robot.

Musk told investors in April that Optimus could be ready by 2025, with plans to use the robots in Tesla factories. No official timeline has been released, however, Musk said there was a “good chance” that initial units would launch later this year.

The robots are expected to cost $25,000 to $30,000, though no official price has been released. Those figures appeared when Musk was responding to a user on X (Twitter), saying the robots would cost less than half of a car. The humanoid robot’s price would come down over time, Musk has suggested.

In June, said mass production of its humanoid robots will greatly impact.

This story first appeared in AI Business' sister publication IoT World Today.

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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