Elon Musk’s Tesla Robot Masters Laundry Folding in Jaw-Dropping Demonstration

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Elon Musk’s Optimus humanoid robot, the latest creation from Tesla, is once again in the spotlight, showcasing its ability to fold a t-shirt on a table in a development facility. 

The video shared by Musk highlighted the robot’s apparent competence in handling this domestic task, but excitement was quickly tempered by Musk’s follow-up information.

In a series of tweets, Musk pointed out that he could fold shirts faster than the robot, revealing that Optimus wasn’t operating autonomously during the demonstration. Instead, the robot functioned more like an expensive marionette, following pre-programmed motions to complete its task.

While the demonstration showcased Tesla’s technical prowess, Musk’s caveat implies that the presented activities are highly scripted and pre-programmed, emphasizing the robot’s mechanical capabilities rather than its artificial intelligence. 

Musk acknowledged that the ultimate goal is for Optimus to operate fully autonomously, eliminating the need for artificial constraints seen in the demo, such as a fixed-height table and a single item of clothing carefully placed in a basket.

Musk’s Caution on Complexity

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Elon Musk’s Optimus humanoid robot, the latest creation from Tesla, is once again in the spotlight, showcasing its ability to fold a t-shirt on a table in a development facility.

Musk’s acknowledgment that all the very hard things will happen later raises questions about the timeframe for Optimus to evolve into a fully functional domestic assistant comparable to human workers. 

Creating a humanoid robot capable of manipulating soft materials like clothing is undoubtedly challenging, showcasing impressive animatronics work. However, the suggestion that Optimus is nearing the point of functioning as a human-like domestic servant appears premature.

Musk’s tendency to make ambitious claims about timelines, as seen in his prediction of “within three to five years” at the robot prototype’s unveiling last year, is met with skepticism given the current state of robotics technology. 

While Optimus’s folding prowess is a step forward, the gap between its current capabilities and Musk’s ambitious vision raises doubts about the feasibility of achieving a fully autonomous domestic robot within the initially proposed timeframe. 

As technology enthusiasts eagerly anticipate developments, the reality of advanced robotics may take more time to materialize than Musk’s optimistic predictions suggest.

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