Tesla AI Day Robot & Full Self Driving (FSD) Liveblog

Tesla’s AI Day livestream event is supposed to start in about 5 minutes. We’ve published some articles leading up to today’s event about what might be included, but there have been essentially no leaks about what will actually be covered. We’ll see! You can watch the livestream on Tesla’s website or via the embedded YouTube player below, but I’m also going to liveblog some highlights and my thoughts here. Every time I add a new highlight/comment, I will update this blog. Stay tuned, or check back in later for the full rundown of Tesla AI Day highlights and extra commentary.

[embedded content]

9:17 (ET): The Optimus robot displayed last year was just a person dancing in a robot suit!!

9:25: The goal is to make a useful humanoid robot as soon as possible.

This is very much like the robot Tesla plans to bring to market, but it can’t walk yet (maybe in ~3 weeks, Elon Musk says):

Elon Musk expects the Optimus robot to cost less than $20,000.

9:28: Musk is now also talking about “a future of abundance, a future of no poverty.” That sounds nice, but that’s not how the world works. Nonetheless, I do think it reemphasizes Musk’s dream of helping humanity on a massive scale. One may also say it represents an unrealistic idealism, and an excessive faith in the potential for technology to solve fundamental problems of inequity and poverty across the world.

9:34: (This is from earlier, but am just posting about it.) They showed a video of the Optimus robot doing some useful tasks, from working in a factory to watering plants. Here are a few shots of the robot in action as well as what it is seeing:

9:40: Tesla is using its vast knowledge and technological know-how from creating the safest cars in the world in order to protect the Optimus robot.

9:52: Tesla engineers talked at length about why the Optimus robot is designed to be like a human, and some of the many details of how it is achieving that target.

9:50: This included talking about human hands and robot hands, human walking and robot walking, and more.

9:59: Tesla is now looking to start using this robot in Tesla factories in order to take it to the next stage of development.

10:00: “All of this was done in barely 6 to 8 months.”

It’s an amazing achievement, and it seems likely to be another enormous, transformative product from Tesla. That said, it is also quite expensive, and one has to wonder who will find its capabilities worth that cost in the next few or several years. We shall see!

10:03: Tesla’s head of Autopilot (aside from Elon Musk himself), Ashok Elluswamy, is now talking about Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta.

10:07: I’m not going to lie — after a year with FSD Beta and no serious improvement as far as I’ve discerned (perhaps even devolution), none of this part of the presentation is impressing me at this point.

In short: it’s complicated. But will it work?

10:32: At this point, the presenters are convincing me that FSD software is going to take years to get decent. The level of complication here and how they are dealing with it makes me think this will require so much development and refinement that we are far, far off from robotaxi-level driving.

11:30: It’s now almost an hour later. Tons of detail was presented on Tesla FSD and Dojo in the past hour. We will publish more on what was presented there in another piece. I will just repeat: In short: it’s complicated. But will it work?


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.


Don’t want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!


Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.



This post has been syndicated from a third-party source. View the original article here.

Related Articles

Back to top button