Tesla’s human-like robot Optimus has shown off its yoga skills, impressing social media with impressive balance and coordination. Footage posted on X (formerly Twitter) by Tesla Optimus, and shared by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, shows the two-legged robot It performs several tasks, including balancing on one leg.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, Optimus demonstrated flexibility and balance through some basic yoga poses, as the text on these shots appears with the phrase: “After a long day of work, it’s time to stretch!”
Tesla has been developing its own robot for some time, but this latest update shows how quickly development has progressed since its less impressive debut in 2022.
Elon Musk revealed an early prototype of Optimus, as part of Tesla AI Day 2022, though at the time he could do little more than walk across the stage and wave.
The latest ad appears to be aimed at boosting the hiring drive for Tesla’s robotics division, and a link to the company’s careers page on the Tesla Optimus profile shows ads for nearly 100 available jobs developing robots.
The robot also displays impressive software advancements from previous updates with the official Tesla Optimus account announcing that it can now “self-calibrate” using only vision and “co-position encoders.”
This means Optimus can look to see where his arms and legs are, and learn how to perform tasks accurately. Optimus puts this calibration into practice by sorting colored blocks into different trays, working quickly even when the researcher is pushing the blocks away from the robot.
This kind of simple sorting is a key step toward Tesla’s official mission to create “a general-purpose, two-pedal, autonomous robotic robot capable of performing unsafe, repetitive, or tedious tasks such as factory work.”
Elon Musk has previously said the robot could be sold on the market for less than $20,000, meaning future iterations of Optimus could work across warehouses and factories as a cheap alternative to human workers.
However, behind all these deft movements and feats of balance lie the software developments that have made such rapid advances in robotic capabilities possible.
Optimus uses a type of artificial intelligence called a neural network, which is a series of connected algorithms that mimic the way neurons in the human brain work together to make decisions and understand the world. Neural networks improve themselves by learning on vast amounts of data that are fed into the program.
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