OpenAI’s embodied ChatGPT android assistant, Neo, open for pre-orders by end of year!


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OpenAI will be offering pre-orders on their android assistant known as Neo by the end of this year!

Neo will feature an embodied form of ChatGPT, giving it the ability to learn from its environment and react accordingly in real time. This will be an incredible departure from traditional robots that are pre-programmed to carry out specific tasks without the ability to adjust their behaviour in real time or to changing circumstances.

Neo features a radical departure from traditional humanoid robots by featuring a soft fabric like body that makes it safe to use in households.

Anyone going to place a pre-order when they open later this year?

The Dawn of Embodied AI: OpenAI’s Robot Neo​

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making waves in various sectors, from healthcare to finance, and now it’s ready to step into our daily lives in a more tangible form. OpenAI, a leading research organization in the field of AI, has announced the development of a new AI-powered robot named Neo.

This article delves into the capabilities and potential applications of Neo

Neo: A New Era of AI

Neo represents a significant leap in the evolution of AI. It’s not just a program running on a computer; it’s an android with a physical body that can interact with the real world. This concept, known as embodied AI, allows Neo to understand its environment in a much deeper way, thanks to the fusion of AI senses and its physical body. Unlike traditional robots that are programmed to perform specific tasks, Neo is designed to continuously learn and improve, becoming smarter and more capable over time. This adaptability is a hallmark of autonomous systems, which are capable of self-governance, self-regulation, and self-execution of tasks based on their internal programming, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

Capabilities of Neo

Neo is designed to excel in industrial tasks across sectors like security, logistics, and manufacturing. It can operate machinery and handle complex tasks with ease. However, the vision for Neo extends beyond industrial applications. OpenAI envisions Neo providing valuable home assistance, performing chores like cleaning, and offering support to individuals with mobility challenges by fetching items and providing companionship. In addition to its practical applications, Neo also holds potential for research, helping the robotics community explore fields like psychology and artificial intelligence.With Neo’s continuous evolution, the possibilities for assistance, productivity, and learning are boundless.

Neo’s Autonomous Behavior

The autonomous behavior of Neo is a testament to its robust AI system. An autonomous system needs to have decision-making capabilities where it can process information in its environment, assess the current situation, and make decisions based on predefined rules. Neo’s ability to learn from past experiences or data inputs and adjust its behavior or decision-making process accordingly is a testament to its advanced AI capabilities.

Neo’s Mobility and Power

Neo is built on an electrical system and weighs around 30 kilograms or 66 pounds, making it lighter than many of its counterparts. It can walk at around 2.5 miles per hour and run at a speed of 7.5 miles per hour. Its carry capacity is around 44 pounds or 20 kilograms, which is impressive considering its weight.

The Future of Neo

OpenAI has announced that Neo will be open for pre-orders at the end of 2023. This suggests that we are likely to get our first look at this very capable artificial intelligence embodied physical robot backed by OpenAI’s software systems this year.

The rapid rise of artificial intelligence has now progressed to a stage where large language models and multimodal models are being moved into physical robots for the first time.

The deployment of Neo represents a significant milestone in the field of AI. It will be fascinating to see how effectively it is adopted and the impact it will have on various sectors and our daily lives.


How does NEO use artificial intelligence (AI)?

Using embodied artificial intelligence, NEO will understand its environment deeper, thanks to the fusion of their AI “senses” and their physical body. NEO continuously learns and improves, becoming smarter and more capable over time.

The more you interact with them, navigating life with NEO will feel natural and intuitive. NEO will understand their own environment and how to handle fragile items, creating seamless collaboration and immersive human-robot interaction.

Official Neo website:
OpenAI and 1X will unveil a humanoid robot using GPT this summer: Neo
OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research company, has announced the launch of its new series of humanoid robots, Neo, for this summer. With an initial fundraising of $23.5 million, this initiative aims to apply AI to robotics to offer greater versatility and allow an extension of manual work.

Neo, the future humanoid robot from OpenAI and 1X, powered by GPT

Humanoid robots with AI have a satisfactory learning capacity for physical tasks. Thus, several companies plan to quickly market humanoid robots. The Neo series is designed to accomplish most human tasks using the GPT language model.

The most famous humanoid robot to date is Boston Dynamics' Atlas, but several other companies are gearing up to quickly bring AI-powered humanoid robots to market, like Figure, Tesla, or Xiaomi. OpenAI, which had closed its robotics division in 2021, is once again turning to robotics thanks to its partnership with the Norwegian company 1X. The Neo series is said to be an upgraded version of Eve, a humanoid robot that moves using a rolling stand previously developed by the company.

The large-scale deployment of these robots would make it possible to overcome a shortage of labor in sectors such as logistics, industry and health. Neo humanoid robots will move on two legs, display a face on a screen, and use precisely-moving arms and hands to perform various manipulations.

The rise of artificial intelligence in robotics could lead to increased productivity and never-before-achieved returns on investment for businesses. However, it is also likely that an increase in unemployment will occur in many sectors of activity.

In short, the launch of Neo humanoid robots could upset the labor market by offering greater versatility and allowing the extension of manual work. Humanoid robots will also offer a solution to a growing labor shortage.

Official 1X website:


The robot Eve by Norwegian robotics company 1X, on which Neo is based.
OpenAI had a robotics division in the past that they shut down to focus on the language model which became ChatGPT.

We’ve trained a pair of neural networks to solve the Rubik’s Cube with a human-like robot hand. The neural networks are trained entirely in simulation, using the same reinforcement learning code as OpenAI Five paired with a new technique called Automatic Domain Randomization (ADR). The system can handle situations it never saw during training, such as being prodded by a stuffed giraffe. This shows that reinforcement learning isn’t just a tool for virtual tasks, but can solve physical-world problems requiring unprecedented dexterity.

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Meanwhile, OpenAI has signaled it's getting interested in humanoids again as well. OpenAI wants to create an "artificial general intelligence" or AGI – a machine that can do nearly all tasks better than a human. Through the GPT language model, the company expects to knock a lot off that list in the short term future, but it'll need to put its intelligence in a body to handle the rest.

OpenAI had its own robotics division for many years, and indeed built a humanoid hand capable of fine manipulation and sensing that used neural networks and reinforcement learning to figure out how to solve a Rubik's cube, one-handed.

But the company shut down its robotics team in 2021, telling VentureBeat that it was focusing its efforts in the area where it was progressing fastest – generative AI and large language models like GPT. The key difference, according to co-founder Wojciech Zaremba, is data and computing power. The AI-powered robots proved capable of learning physical tasks "extremely well" – there's just far more text training data than robot-relevant video data, and text is much faster for a neural model to process.

So text is where they focused their efforts, and the results are hard to argue with; OpenAI now has the fastest-growing platform in history, a game-changing breakthrough of the highest order in the GPT language model.

But through an investment in Norwegian company 1X, formerly known as Halodi Robotics, it seems OpenAI is ready to get back into embodied intelligence. Details are scant at this point; 1X announced the close of a US$23.5 million Series A2 funding roundon March 23rd, led by the OpenAI Startup Fund.

Halodi made a certain amount of progress with its Eve robot, a humanoid on a wheeled base, a version of which can be seen in the video above. But a wheeled robot is a limited one, in terms of the human tasks it can take over, and 1X is now focused on a bipedal platform called Neo, to "explore how artificial intelligence can take form in a human-like body."

It looks somewhat similar to Figure's design, in that it appears to use electric actuators rather than hydraulics, it runs a screen for a face, and it uses humanoid hands.

The company has little more to say at this point, other than the words "Summer 2023," which appears to indicate we'll be meeting Neo-on-legs very soon. It'll be fascinating to see what OpenAI's contributions will bring to a project like this.

This space could well become the next high-tech gold rush, since as both Tesla and Figure point out, whoever gets a general-purpose humanoid out there first, that's capable of doing real work across a decently broad set of tasks, is in an amazing position to generate near-unlimited money and value.


Video showing OpenAI’s previous robot that consisted of a robotic hand that could solve a Rubik’s cube. This robotic hand was even capable of adapting to environmental obstacles and altering its strategy to successfully complete the cube under less than ideal conditions.

This hand must be using an early version of ChatGPT that had access to visual data via a camera focusing on the hand and the sensory input from the robotic hand itself. The LLM controlling the hand must have been able to sync the cameras visual data and the hands touch sensory data to solve the cube. This means OpenAI has already created a embodied LLM in a robotic platform, and thus a robot with a form of artificial general intelligence way back in 2019.

I suspect OpenAI has more experience in this field than they are letting on.

Video showing the predecessor of Neo, Eve. Neo seems to be an updated version of Eve with legs and the robotic hand featured in the Rubik’s cube video.

Judging from its past experiences with embodied AI in robotic platforms, it seems OpenAI and its major investor Microsoft are in an extremely strong position to get a foothold in the humanoid robot market. Will Microsoft dominate the humanoid robotics market in the same way it did with the computer software market?

Microsoft has the experience to do just that and might explain why pre-orders are happening this year.

Microsoft/OpenAI funding round closed in March and by April we see concepts of the Neo humanoid robot released with legs and humanoid hands. This shows how fast Microsoft can move, especially if OpenAI has already successfully created an AGI.

With Microsoft’s business and technological experience behind it and almost unlimited resources, I feel Neo is the robot to watch.
Image: 1X
I'm really excited about the Neo Android, and I'm wondering when pre-orders will be opening. I know the campaign said summer 2023, but it's almost the middle of September and I haven't heard anything yet.

I'm really hoping to get my hands on one soon, so any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
All I know about Neo comes from what I find online. It’s not a promising sign when they talk of a summer release and fail to deliver. You’ll be lucky if you hear anything more about it this year.