Tesla Bot Update: The humanoid is getting better and is learning faster than humans

The company hasn't really put a date for their actual deployment in its own factories.
Ameya Paleja
A bunch of Tesla bots walking
A bunch of Tesla bots walking

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Elon Musk's electric car to solar-making company, Tesla, also has one more product in the pipeline aimed at wooing customers, The Tesla Bot. Musk announced the bipedal robot in 2021, and recently the company has provided an update on its progress through a 65-second video.

Regarding bipedal robots, the benchmark is relatively high, with Boston Dynamics' Atlas capable of doing flips and somersaults. Musk, however, never said that Tesla was looking to entertain people with its robots' antics. Instead, Tesla's Bot will do the same repetitive, boring thing that most robot companies do, replacing humans with "repetitive, dangerous or boring tasks."

That's to say that the video does not contain anything that might get you to the edge of your seat. Nevertheless, for fans of Tesla as well as technology, there are some exciting updates in the video below.

The Tesla Bot update

The video begins with a Tesla bot demonstrating its bipedal gait, followed by a bunch of them proceeding somewhere. The scene in the next frame can be easily misread as one from a zombie movie where the bots are seen walking in a Tesla factory. An alternate explanation could be that the bots, too, have been bugged by Musk missing his dates for the Cybertruck launch and are determined to take matters into their own hands.

Tesla quickly diverts your attention to the "motor torque control" feature in its robot, where it can rapidly control the speed of its movement in response to an approaching egg (moved forward by a human) and not smash it.

Next, one sees how the Tesla bot can use its onboard cameras and sensors to explore its environment and memorize it. This would be handy when the robot is deployed in a new environment and will not need to be fed maps and data to make it aware of its surroundings before it can work.

The clip also shows how the bipedal robot is being trained using human inputs and can use its hands and fingers to perform increasingly complex tasks. This is the kind of skill general-purpose robots are expected to master before they can be sent out in the field.

Tesla hasn't put out any date on when the robots could be ready for home or office use, which means that they are far away from deployment even by Elon Musk's standards which consist of overly ambitious goals and deadlines.

Unfortunately, the clip ends with the bipedal robots ditching the Cybertruck and walking toward the camera, which looks like they are coming for the viewer. Hopefully, the next bot update either shows an improvement in the gait or skips us offering it on many occasions. It's a bipedal robot. We get it.

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