Tesla unveils new AI for humanoid robots called 'Optimus'

Tesla aims to bring humanoid robots into the workplace and, eventually, your home as Elon Musk debuted the prototype overnight.
2:33 | 10/01/22

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Transcript for Tesla unveils new AI for humanoid robots called 'Optimus'
>>> WE'RE BACK HERE ON "GMA" WITH A LOOK AT HOW TESLA AIMS TO BRING HUMANOID ROBOTS INTO THE WORKPLACE. THEY LOOK LIKE THAT AND EVENTUALLY THEY COULD END UP IN YOUR HOME. ELON MUSK IS DEBUTING A PROTOTYPE AND ABC'S DEIDRE BOLTON HAS MORE. >> Reporter: INTRODUCING OPTIMUS. ELON MUSK'S LONG ANTICIPATED HUMANOID ROBOT. MUSK AND THE TESLA TEAM UNVEILING THE ROBOT AT TESLA'S 2022 A.I. DAY. >> LITERALLY THE FIRST TIME THE ROBOT HAS OPERATED WITHOUT A TETHER. >> Reporter: THE 5'8" PROTOTYPE WALKING ON STAGE AND WAVING TO THE AUDIENCE. AND EVEN BUSTING A MOVE. THE BOT RUNNING WITH THE SAME HARDWARE MAKEUP AS TESLA'S AUTOPILOT SYSTEM FULLY EQUIPPED WITH ADVANCED HUMAN-LIKE QUALITIES. >> IT'S GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THAT A HUMAN BRAIN DOES, PROCESSING VISION DATA, MAKING SPLIT-SECOND DECISIONS BASED ON MULTIPLE SENSORY INPUTS AND ALSO COMMUNICATIONS. >> Reporter: THE TESLA AND SPACEX CEO HOPES OPTIMUS WILL FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM CIVILIZATION. ONE DAY HANDLING TASKS THOUGHT TO BE BORING, REPETITIVE OR DANGEROUS BUT OTHERS SAYING IT FALLS FLAT AND DIDN'T DEMONSTRATE ANYTHING NEW. THE RELEASE OF THE LONG ANTICIPATED HUMANOID ROBOT COMES FOUR MONTHS AFTER TESLA ANNOUNCED IT'S CUTTING 10% OF ITS SALARIED STAFF. THE COMPANY LATER CLARIFIED THAT ITS HOURLY STAFF IS EXPECTED TO GROW MEANING TOTAL CUTBACKS WOULD BE ONLY 3.5%. >> HE PREDICTS THAT THIS NEW ROBOTIC FUTURE WHERE THERE'S NOT MANY HUMAN EMPLOYEES, THE PROFITS FROM THAT AND THE TYPE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT WILL BE PRODUCED FROM THAT WILL BE SO GREAT THAT GOVERNMENTS AND OTHER ENTITIES WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO ACTUALLY PAY HUMANS TO BASICALLY DO NOTHING. >> Reporter: A.I. AND ITS RISKS HAVE BEEN A MAINSTAY IN POP CULTURE EVER SINCE "THE TERMINATOR" SHOWED US WHAT A WORST CASE SCENARIO WOULD LOOK LIKE. >> I'LL BE BACK. >> Reporter: THINGS LOOKED MORE PROMISES IN "I, ROBOT" WHERE THEY ACTED MORE LIKE SERVANTS. IT MEANS NEW SAFETY CONCERNS BUT ALSO NEW PROMISE. MUSK SAYS ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES OF THE EVENT WAS TO RECRUIT A.I. AND ROBOTICS ENGINEERS SO BY THAT MEASURE THE EVENT WAS PROBABLY SUCCESSFUL. >> THE TV NEWS ANCHOR ROBOTS ARE NEXT. >> YEAH. >>

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