Matt Novak, Gizmodo:
Musk’s “robot” was just a person dancing around in a skintight full-body suit, but he promises that his electric car company really is working on something. And he really wants you to believe him this time.
“The Tesla bot will be real,” Musk said emphatically, trying to usher his fake robot off-stage on Thursday.
Almost as funny: the credulous media coverage that dutifully repeated all of Musk’s claims.
My guess is that Tesla realized earlier this week that it did not have enough to talk about at its “A.I. Day” presentation. It hastily assembled some drawings, hired a company to render a few surfaces, and made an intern put on a full body suit and dance for a few seconds. There is no reason to believe this is a real project.