Is it possible to create a humanoid robot in the year 2022?

1st February, 2022.      //   Technology  // 


Tesla stated in August 2021 that it would develop a humanoid robot that would respond to voice commands and “reduce dangerous, repetitive, monotonous chores” and would debut a prototype in 2022. Is the corporation capable of meeting Musk’s objectives? According to Musk’s presentation in August, the robot, which will be referred to as Optimus within the firm, would be 173 centimetres tall and weigh 57 kilograms, and it will be able to carry a cargo of up to 20 pounds.

According to Tetsuya Ogata, a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, the robot’s development must be on track, or the firm wouldn’t be making such grandiose claims. However, because humanoid robots are far more sophisticated than automobiles, he expects it will run into not only AI issues, where Tesla has a lot of experience, but also hardware issues, where it doesn’t.

“Developing robot hands that can do the same duties as a person is quite challenging,” he explains. “It’s also a major challenge to duplicate senses that allow for tactile input.”

University of California, Berkeley’s Zhongyu Li says he admires the goal but believes the timetable is “extremely ambitious.” He expects Tesla to meet its goal of displaying a prototype of some sort, but that bringing it to market will be a challenge.

“It’s not difficult for their talented engineers to get a prototype to walk for a few short demonstrations, but getting humanoid robots to work reliably in real life is a different story.” It will take years to develop trustworthy hardware, a robust control system capable of preventing the robot from falling, recovering from a fall, and detecting and avoiding obstacles,” he says.

The technology is viable, but not in the slim form Musk promises, according to other people. The Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics, which can run, leap, and do a variety of jobs but also has a hefty body and a big backpack-style power pack, is pointed out by Florian Richter at the University of California, San Diego.

“They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. According to Richter, their objective of having a hardware prototype in a year is entirely achievable, but with just half of the power they want and some sort of weight sacrifice.” However, other human-level skills, such as grabbing, will take a few years of research and a lot of invention to get it walking around on flat surfaces.”

A request for an interview was not returned by either Tesla or Elon Musk.

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