Oh God… OpenAI Is Working on a Humanoid Robot

Getting Physical With all the runaway success it’s having with ChatGPT, OpenAI seemingly wants to give its versatile large language models a physical body — and is now throwing its money behind building a humanoid robot worker. As spotted by New Atlas, OpenAI has invested in Norwegian robotics company 1X (formerly known as Halodi Robotics), leading a recent round of funding through its OpenAI Startup Fund at the end of last month that secured $23.5 million. “1X is thrilled to have OpenAI lead this round because we’re aligned in our missions: thoughtfully integrating emerging technology into people’s daily lives,” said Bernt Øyvind Børnich, CEO and founder of 1X, in a statement. “With the support of our investors, we will continue to make significant strides in the field of robotics and augment the global labor market.” Second Go A lateral investment in robotics marks a notable change for OpenAI, which has steered clear of anything mechanical since shutting down its own robotics division in 2021. Famously, the company’s initial robotics foray managed to produce an artificial, humanoid hand that could solve a Rubik’s cube on its own — an amusing and impressive feat that apparently paled to the company’s rapidly rising success with generative AI. As of now, further details of OpenAI’s robotics collaboration with 1X prove elusive. But if one thing’s clear, both parties are wholly committed to upending the labor market. “1X is at the forefront of augmenting labor through the use of safe, advanced technologies in robotics,” said…Oh God… OpenAI Is Working on a Humanoid Robot

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