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Tesla’s AI Day Offers a Glimpse of Just How Sentient Its Bots Have Become

Elon Musk retakes the stage a year after an unforgettably strange stunt was performed in a spandex suit.

A Tesla Bot mannequin at Tesla’s Austin, Texas, factory opening party in April.

A Tesla Bot mannequin at Tesla’s Austin, Texas, factory opening party in April.

Photographer: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP
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Tesla has long staged splashy events to generate buzz and media coverage of forthcoming — and sometimes aspirational — products. Part revival meeting, part recruiting event, the faithful get to see CEO Elon Musk speak, and investors get updates on priorities and progress.