Elon Musk Has Announced the Humanoid Tesla Optimus Robot

It seems that Elon Musk wants to prove that the AI technology Tesla uses can do more than just operate electric cars. The mogul used a recent presentation to announce that his company will be debuting a humanoid robot in the months to come. It will be called Tesla Optimus and is already known as the Tesla Bot. It was teased at the company’s AI Day in 2021 but at the time, media outlets were speculating that the robot was an elaborate joke that was conceived to drive up the stock prices of Tesla.

Elon Musk Has Stated That Optimus Could Develop Its Own Personality

Tesla Optimus

It appears that the media outlets were wrong because Elon Musk recently pushed back Tesla’s second annual AI Day to September 30, hoping that he will be able to reveal a working Optimus prototype by then. Musk doubled down on the Optimus prototype during a speech at the Qatar Economic Forum. There, he stated that Tesla was tracking to deliver an early iteration of the robot. He also added that it could develop a unique personality over time and it would evolve to match the owner.

Elon Musk Wants to Prove Tesla Is a Real-World AI Company

Elon Musk during the first tease for Tesla Optimus

Elon Musk has said that he hoped he will have an interesting prototype to show people. He went on to say that they have a very talented team at Tesla and were working diligently to have a prototype humanoid robot by the end of September. He was clear that they were tracking to that point. Even, if Tesla Optimus doesn’t meet the AI Day deadline, Elon Musk still promised that other technological feats are going to be featured to demonstrate that Tesla was a real-world AI company. The famous entrepreneur added that they made these AI Day events to emphasize that Tesla was a lot more than a car company and that it is, in his view, the leading real-world AI company that existed.

Tesla Optimus Is Supposed to Carry Out Menial Tasks for Its Owners

Tesla Optimus at an event

Standing at 5 feet and 10 inches tall, Tesla Optimus was previously teased to have some pretty interesting specs. It will have autopilot cameras in the head and be able to lift 150 pounds while toting 45 pounds. Weighting some 125 pounds, the robot will have a top running speed of 5 miles per hour. Its specs are supposed to make it more suitable for menial tasks like mowing the lawn or carrying groceries.

Optimus will be designed in a manner that will allow humans to overpower it or flee if necessary. During an interview with AI researcher and computer scientist Lex Fridman, Musk stated that Optimus could fulfill a companion role for humans.

How to Make a Quick and Easy DIY Outdoor Fire Pit for the Patio

Having a patio opens a world of DIY project opportunities. If you’ve always wanted to have an outdoor fire pit on your patio but aren’t willing to pay for a professional to do it, you’re in luck. In just a few simple steps, you can build one yourself. Here’s how!

an outdoor fire pit Get Supplies First

The best thing about this DIY gel fire pit project is that anyone can do it. You’ll need some supplies first — two plastic bowls, Quikrete (or another fast-setting concrete brand), fire gel canister, safety gear, margin trowel, orbital sander, lava granules, cooking spray, grout sponge, and water. The bowls need to be about 1’’ apart in size.

Building a Gel Fire Pit: Directions

Step 1

Grab the large bowl and coat the inside with the cooking spray. Then, coat the outside of the smaller bowl. After that, it’s time to mix the concrete. Be sure to use a quick-setting brand like Quikrete, so you don’t have to wait for days for it to cure. Mix a larger batch (more than you think you’ll need), and ensure the mixture isn’t runny. It has to be thick.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into the large bowl and then place the small bowl into it. Press firmly until the small bowel is about an inch higher than the large one. Make sure that the mixture is flush with the top of the bigger bowl. In case you come up short, you can always mix more concrete and add it to the bowl.

using an orbital sander around a big bowl full of wet concrete Step 3

Run the orbital sander around the big bowl to ensure the concrete settles well and there are no air bubbles. Wait for the concrete to dry out (but not completely) and remove the small bowl. Because of the generous amount of cooking oil that you applied in the beginning, the bowl should come right out.

Step 4

Now that you have the rough version of your fire pit bowl, it’s time to use the grout sponge (or sandpaper) to smooth out the edges and interior. After a few more hours, you can remove the big bowl as well. Check the concrete mix instructions to know exactly when to do it.

smoothing out the edges of a DIY fire pit with sandpaper Step 5

This is the fun part! All you have to do now is add the gel fuel and arrange the lava rocks in your fire pit. Don’t aim for perfection. It’s the little imperfections that add character. Light it up and enjoy its ambiance!