Tesla AI Day: How to watch and what to expect

Tesla is hosting its AI Day tomorrow, led by CEO Elon Musk. It’s been a turbulent year for the divisive figure since the first AI Day last year. Still, the event’s focus is expected to be clearly centered on robotics and AI initiatives within Tesla — not any of Musk’s personal controversies and side interests.

Topics to be discussed could range from advances in self-driving cars to the first demo of Optimus, the company’s humanoid robot project.

How to watch Tesla AI Day

Tesla hasn’t publicly announced any specifics about the event yet, but according to tickets posted online, we could be in for something very different tomorrow.

A digital ticket that was posted on Twitter reveals some juicy – and downright weird – details about tomorrow’s event. It will reportedly take place in Palo Alto and will last from 5pm PT to 11pm PT, which is a very odd time to hold an event. Even a six-hour event? If you thought last year’s nearly three-hour event was long, brace yourself for a lot more. Of course, this isn’t a standard press event — then again, Tesla has never been known for playing by the rules.

AI Day 2022 on September 30th 🤖 pic.twitter.com/S9LZ5SefUC

– Tesla (@Tesla) August 23, 2022

Anyhow, we expect the event to be streamed live on YouTube via the Tesla page like last year. However, no live event has been released yet, and given the mysterious nature of the event, anything is possible at this point.

What to expect from Tesla’s AI Day

Beta of Tesla's FSD in a car.

We don’t have an agenda for the event, so it’s hard to know what Tesla has in store. Of course, we can expect Musk to share more about Tesla’s work on self-driving cars, particularly with FSD (Full Self-Driving), the software behind its driver assistance system. FSD is currently in beta for those willing to pay $15,000 to try it on their Teslas and is expected to launch later this year. So don’t be surprised when we go into some of the extreme technicalities behind FSD and what it can do.

We might also see Musk bring up the Tesla robotaxi idea, a concept that’s been around since 2016. The futuristic cab, which may not have a steering wheel or pedals, was last mentioned on Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call earlier this year.

Of course, Optimus is the project we’re all looking forward to an update on. The humanoid robot was first unveiled at last year’s AI Day, though it was more of an idea than an actual product. This year we’re all hoping to see that concept come to life with an actual working prototype. AI Day was reportedly pushed back just in time for the humanoid robot prototype to be completed, so it’s a safe bet it will show up one way or another.

The humanoid robot Tesla Optimus.

As described at last year’s event, Optimus is a humanoid robot intended to replace “dangerous, menial or boring jobs” whether in factories or at home. Despite his intimidating appearance, Musk has said that Optimus would be friendly and easily overwhelmed by a human when it came down to it. Tesla has an obvious application for Optimus in its own Tesla factories, which already contain some of the world’s most advanced robots – but it’s the more practical applications that have caught the world’s interest.

Will Tesla implement Optimus’ exciting and potentially terrifying idea? This will be the main topic of discussion at Tesla’s AI Day.

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