The early prototype of the humanoid robot Optimus, shown by Tesla Inc., appeared "slowly and clumsy" on the stage, writing The Associated Press, and then turned and waved at the company's artificial intelligence event.
But the main tasks of the robot with the naked wires and electronics, as well as the later version of the next generation, which three men put on stage, were far from the vision of CEO Ilon Mask of a human-like robot that would change the world, noted by Tom Krisher and Matt O'Brien, the columnists of the publication.
Director-General Tesla told the audience that the robot could do much more than the audience saw on Friday, but experts were skeptical about the businessman's statement, and they noted that Mask had given little evidence that Optimus was smarter than robots developed by other companies and researchers.
Thus, the demonstration did not impress Philip Pyecknewsky's artificial intelligence researcher, who wrote on social media that he had reached "the next level of outrage" and that was a "full and absolute scam." He said that it would be "good" to see the robot fall and see how it would work, because "this thing will fall a lot in the future."
"Nothing of this is advanced," wrote an expert on robotics in Cynthia Young on social media. "Call a few doctors of science and attend several conferences on robotics @Tesla."
Yeng also wondered why Tesla had chosen a human hand with five fingers for her robot, noting that there was a reason why storage robots developed by starters used two or three fingers capture systems or vacuum devices.
Also in the presentation, Mask stated that on Friday night, the robot first appeared on the stage "without tiedness." He said that Tesla's goal was to produce "extraordinaryly capable" robots in large volumes — perhaps millions of units — at a price comparable to that of a normal car, less than $200,000.
However, robotic experts were skeptical that Tesla was close to creating legions of human-like domestic robots who could do "useful things" that Mask wanted them to do — for example, cook lunch, mow lawn, watch an aging grandmother.
"When you try to develop an accessible and useful robot, a human form and size is not the best option", Tom Ryden, Executive Director of the non-profit incubator, Mass Robotics, in an interview with The Associated Press.