Elon Musk responds to Tesla ‘robot attack’ at Giga factory

Musk has two issues with what several media outlets said.
  • A story about a Tesla Giga Factory incident from two years ago resurfaced and went viral
  • Several media outlets implied the robot involved in the incident was Tesla’s Optimus, whereas it was actually a generic Kuka industrial machine
  • Musk addressed the incident on X

Published on Dec 28, 2023 at 1:05PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 9, 2024 at 1:25PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray
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A story from two years ago recently resurfaced and did the rounds on social media.

It involves an incident at a Tesla Giga Factory, during which a Tesla employee was injured by a machine.

Elon Musk has finally shared his response about the story, and he’s not happy.

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While the incident did happen, and the employee was indeed injured (he’s fully recovered since), there are two issues that Musk pointed out.

Firstly, he didn’t like the fact that the story broke out now, even though the incident happened two years ago.

More to the point, he didn’t like that several media outlets didn’t make it clear that the incident happened in 2021 and not today.

The other thing he didn’t like is the fact that some outlets reported that the incident involved Tesla’s Optimus robot.

Instead, the incident involved an automated industrial robot made by Kuka, which is used by several businesses and companies, not just in the car world.

There’s one media outlet Musk was particularly mad at, because they used a picture of Optimus in the header image, so as to imply Tesla’s robot may have been involved in the incident.

Musk himself isn’t new to controversy.

In a recent interview with NY Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, he addressed several issues, from advertisers leaving X to his love-hate relationship with regulators.

That interview also went viral because Musk made a bold claim regarding the Model Y.

In addition, Musk said it is not true that he has an issue with regulations.

He said that the industries he’s involved in, especially cars and aerospace, are heavily regulated.

Musk said you could fill entire rooms with the paper these regulations are written on and his companies comply with all of it.

Otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed to operate.

He believes that, because of his public profile, whenever he complains publicly about a piece of legislation, it simply makes more noise.

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