On August 19, 2021, at the Tesla AI day, Elon Musk announced he was working on a humanoid robot — at the time — called the Tesla Bot (read more on designboom here). According to the Tesla CEO, the robot will run on the same AI used by Tesla’s autonomous vehicle fleet, and will help humans by taking care of unsafe, repetitive, and boring everyday tasks.
Almost a year later, Elon Musk talked about the robot again at the Cyber Rodeo event in Texas, this time under the Optimus Sub-Prime nickname. He explained the priority he has given the project, stating it will be ready for production in 2023
‘Anything humans don’t want to do, Optimus will do,’ Musk Said on stage. ‘It may be hard to imagine it, but as you see Optimus’ develop — we will make sure it is safe, no terminator stuff or that kind of thing — how it’s really going to transform the world to a degree even greater than the cars. I think we have a shot at being in production for version one, hopefully next year.’