Joe Rogan stunned watching Tesla’s Optimus Gen 2 robots mimic humans perfectly

  • Joe Rogan flipped out when he saw Tesla’s Optimus Gen 2 robots in the company’s latest video
  • Rogan was clearly fascinated by what he saw when he viewed the video during a recent episode of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast
  • But while the comedian and podcaster was gobsmacked, his fascination was tinged with a darker foresight

Published on Feb 28, 2024 at 6:12 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Feb 28, 2024 at 8:43 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

It’s fair to say that Joe Rogan knows a thing or two about Tesla.

Not only does the comedian and podcaster own a Tesla Model S, but he’s interviewed the company’s CEO, Elon Musk several times.

But when Rogan saw Tesla’s Optimus Gen 2 robot, he was stunned and concerned in equal measure.

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“God damn it Elon, what are you doing?” Rogan exclaimed as he watched Tesla’s Optimus Gen 2 video during a recent episode of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast.

“This is I, Robot,” he commented, referencing the 2004 sci-fi movie starring Will Smith.

The video shows humanoid robot’s ability to move its fingers, walk, perform squats, and even delicately handle an egg.

Rogan was clearly impressed.

“Wow! This is nuts… I love the fact that it can extend its fingers, it’s moving its hands exactly like a person does,” he said.

That being said, his fascination was tinged with a darker foresight.


The end of the video teases with “Stay tuned to see what Optimus will do next.”

That lead to Rogan commenting, “I’ll tell you what Optimus will do next — it’s going to come out of an aircraft carrier, thousands of them, with machine guns.”

And he may have a point, as there’s a chance robots like the Optimus Gen 2 could dramatically change the landscape of modern warfare.

Like many others, you may see Tesla as an EV manufacturer, however, as evidenced by Rogan’s reaction, the company’s also making significant strides in the robotics arena.

Musk even recently tweeted: “Tesla is an AI/robotics company that appears to many to be a car company.”

It’s fair to say Tesla’s shares have experienced considerable volatility, doubling in value in 2023 but then declining almost 20 percent so far in 2024.

But according to Wedbush analyst, Dan Ives, there could be a revival on the horizon.

He has an “overweight” rating on Tesla and a price target of $315, implying a potential upside of nearly 60 percent.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.