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Elon Musk showcases Optimus (Tesla humanoid robot) performing Yoga, greeting with Namaste

Humanoid robot called ‘Optimus’ developed by Elon Musk’s Tesla was seen greeting with Namaste, performing Yoga and sorting blocks by colour in a video posted on Sunday by Tesla. Video was shared by official account of Tesla Optimus with the caption ”Optimus can now sort objects autonomously. Its neural network is trained fully end-to-end: video in, controls out. Come join us to help develop Optimus (& improve its yoga routine).” Yoga postures needing balance and flexibility were performed by Optimus. Robot could be seen standing on one leg and stretching limbs. This is not the first time that Optimus has been showcased, it was showcased way back in October 2022 during ‘Tesla AI day’. Optimus seems to be capable of self-calibrating its arms and legs now.

The humanoid robot possesses the same sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) software present in ‘Autopilot’ (Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system) and it may cost around $20,000. It very smoothly learns to do tasks like sorting blocks by colours. Mass production of this robot is intended. The Verge reports, Optimus runs on a Tesla chip, has a 2.3 kilowatt per hour battery pack which is “perfect for about a full day’s worth of work”, and has LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Internet users were mighty impressed with the robot’s new capabilities. One user stated, ”Optimus is so smooth. I’m impressed.” Another stated, ”OMG! Amazing progress from the @Tesla team. Well done. I can’t wait to see the next leap in capabilities.” A third user added, ”That is absolutely mind-blowing progress!!! As an engineer, I am in total awe of all the tiny details that had to be done just right to achieve that rather simple-looking fluid motion… and if that was not difficult enough, it already has the cognitive ability to deal with changing reality! And all this since the last demo where Optimus was only just about walking clumsily! I am speechless! Tesla AI team is the A team. And the pace of progress seems to be on an exponential curve. Well done Tesla teams!! Congratulations.”

The human-like hands meant to make the robot capable of picking up objects of different shapes and sizes at factories and other facilities is “Biologically Inspired Design”. “It’ll be a fundamental transformation for civilisation as we know it,” Musk had opined at the AI Day event. He had stated that the robot may cost “probably less than $20,000”, as his team took a non-walking prototype offstage behind him.


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