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Elon Musk responds to reports of robot 'attack' on Tesla engineer

Elon Musk responds to reports of robot 'attack' on Tesla engineer

The Tesla billionaire has commented on reports.

You might have seen reports of a robot injuring a Tesla engineer flying around, and now the company's billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, has officially entered the chat.

Musk has taken to X, the social media site he owns, to call out the way he perceives the story has been reported.

First, a bit of background on what reportedly happened.

Elon Musk isn't particularly happy about the Tesla factory story doing the rounds.
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A Tesla engineer was allegedly injured by a robot that pinned him to a wall at the company's Texas factory, according to a 2021 injury report filed to Travis county and federal regulators, which was reviewed by

The man was reportedly programming software for robots that were meant to be disabled, but one was accidentally left on. These robots were designed to move aluminum car parts, and as one went through its normal motions it caught the worker's back and arms in its claws.

He was allegedly left with an 'open wound' in his left hand, but according to, the report said the man did not need to take time off work.

According to the site, Tesla must submit injury reports like this one to authorities to maintain its tax breaks in Texas.

Some people have taken to X to raise issues with the way some media outlets have reported the story. X user Andrew McCarthy posted: "That robot did exactly as it was programmed to do. Apparently the worker thought it was off when it wasn’t."

To which Musk himself replied: "Correct."

Musk then went on to highlight that a Tesla robot wasn't actually responsible for the accident.

Tesla's Texas gigafactory is found in Austin.
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Instead, he said it was the work of another robot from a European company that is 'found in all factories', and Musk held issue with the way he thought some outlets were implying it was 'due to Optimus now'.

Musk is referring to Tesla's own humanoid robot - the new model was revealed just a few weeks ago, dubbed Optimus - Gen 2.

The futuristic bot was revealed in a video on X showing off everything it could do - including squatting in the gym, dancing in a nightclub and even handling eggs without breaking them.

The new release showed just how fast the Tesla robotics department is advancing - the prototype of its first robot, Bumblebee, was shown in September 2022, and the new Optimus model is a lot sleeker and more advanced than that was.

Tesla says its aim is to 'create a general purpose, bi-pedal, autonomous humanoid robot capable of performing unsafe, repetitive or boring tasks'.

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