OpenAI’s Leap into Robotics: Introducing Neo

Arnold Bowin
3 min readJul 21, 2023

As artificial intelligence (AI) surges ahead at breathtaking speed, one of its most anticipated ventures has always been the physical embodiment of AI in a robot. OpenAI, the organization at the forefront of AI research and development, has now invested in One X Technologies, a Norway-based robotics company, to bring this vision to life.

Meet Neo: The Future of Robotics

One X Technologies recently unveiled their most anticipated project, the humanoid robot called “Neo”. Billed as a “highly intelligent Android assistant”, Neo promises to be safe, balanced, and smart. The official pictures of this futuristic AI-backed robot are nothing short of impressive.

The company describes Neo as a culmination of advanced AI and robotics, representing the future of embodied artificial intelligence. The vision is that, as Neo moves and interacts with its environment, it grows smarter, adapting to a plethora of applications, much like humans.

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OpenAI’s Support in the Venture

OpenAI’s involvement isn’t just on the fringes. In March 2020, OpenAI led a Series A2 funding round for One X Technologies, pouring in a whopping $23.5 million. This investment was earmarked to establish a production line in Dallas, Texas, scaling up the manufacturing of their flagship product, Neo.

Revolutionary Features

One X Technologies has been particularly vocal about three crucial aspects of Neo:

  1. Safety: Neo’s design prioritizes safety. The use of soft and organically inspired mechanics ensures the robot doesn’t pose physical threats to humans, even in accidental encounters.
  2. Balanced Performance: The promise is that Neo will move much like humans. Engineers have crafted its limbs to mirror human muscle movement, allowing it to navigate our spaces with ease.
  3. Smart Behavior: Embedded with advanced AI, Neo promises natural interaction. With OpenAI backing One X Technologies, speculations run rife that a version of the world-renowned GPT-4, or its successors, could power Neo’s cognitive functions.

Remote Control and Learning

A particularly groundbreaking feature of Neo is its “VR teleop sync mode”. This technology enables remote control of the robot through virtual reality (VR). Much like controlling avatars in a digital space, operators can manipulate Neo in real-time, from a distance.

What’s more, Neo is designed to learn from these VR teleop sessions, further enhancing its autonomous behavior.

Specifications and Capabilities

  • Power and Mobility: Neo boasts a 2–4 hour runtime and can walk at 2.5 mph. It can even reach a run speed of 7.5 mph.
  • Physical Attributes: With a weight of 30 kilograms (66 pounds), it’s lighter than its counterparts like the Tesla bot. It can also carry items weighing up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds).
  • Design: As a bipedal humanoid robot, Neo has a head, torso, arms, and legs. This familiar design ensures seamless interaction with our world, from grabbing objects to communicating via facial expressions.

One X Technologies envisions Neo operating in industrial tasks and eventually assisting in homes, aiding those with mobility challenges, and even contributing to research fields like psychology and AI.

The Future Awaits

As 2023 beckons, the world is set to welcome one of its first commercially available, AI-imbued robots. With OpenAI’s AI expertise backing One X Technologies’ robotics genius, Neo’s potential seems boundless. As AI and robotics converge in this avant-garde venture, the future of how humans interact with machines is about to be redefined.

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Arnold Bowin

Cultural trendspotter, writer, urban studies enthusiast, Gen Z decoder.