Tesla's humanoid robot Optimus waved and danced on stage at the company's AI event. Elon Musk said the bot could do more, but he 'didn't want it to fall on its face'



  • Tesla's long-anticipated AI robot made its official debut by dancing and waving on stage at the company's AI Day.

  • "The robot can actually do a lot more than we showed you. We just didn't want it to fall on its face," Elon Musk said.

  • At last year's AI Day, Musk announced his plans for the bot by having a human in a robot costume dance onstage.

Tesla's long-anticipated AI humanoid robot, Optimus, made its public debut on Friday night at the company's AI Day.

The bot, which is currently only a "rough prototype," according to Tesla, waved and slowly danced for the crowd on stage during the event.

"The robot can actually do a lot more than we showed you. We just didn't want it to fall on its face," Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the crowd.

A video was then shown of the Optimus prototype lifting a box, watering a plant, and doing some light lifting in a factory setting.

Tesla's Optimus prototype watering a plant in a video
Tesla's Optimus prototype waters a plant in a video at AI Day 2022 Tesla AI Day 2022

The concept of Tesla's AI humanoid bot was first introduced at Tesla's AI event in 2021, though in its initial debut, the "bot" was revealed to be a human costume. At the time, Musk said the robot would be designed to do "boring, repetitious and dangerous" work.

The prototype Musk presented at this year's AI day was built with "semi-off-the-shelf" materials, but he presented the crowd with what he said was a fully Tesla-designed version.

This second bot was carried by a team of engineers because "it wasn't quite ready to walk, but it will walk in a few weeks," Musk said.

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