Video Of The Week — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pilots An Avatar-Style Robot

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Jeff Bezos tests Method-2 (Image Credit: Jeff Bezos via twitter)

On Sunday, March 20, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was observed behaving like a kid in a candy store — and for a good reason too. The beaming billionaire was among the first to be given the opportunity to pilot a 14-foot-tall mechanical robot, dubbed Method-2, at the opening of the Amazon-hosted MARS 2017 conference. Dedicated to Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics, and Space Exploration (hence the acronym MARS), the three-day invite-only event was attended by 130 guests from the business, entertainment, and robotics sectors.

Method-2 (Photo Credit: Hankook Mirae Technology)

Method-2 is the brainchild of South Korean company Hankook Mirae Technology. When images of the massive robot first emerged last December, many people dismissed it as a hoax. The billionaire’s demonstration certainly silenced the skeptics. Though the robot’s arm mobility is certainly impressive, Method-2 is not quite ready to take on the world, given that it needs supports to stand upright or move. These minor flaws did not appear to bother Bezos, who tweeted, “Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” — a reference to a suit donned by the actress in James Cameron’s science fiction movie, Aliens. If you think Method-2 resembles a Transformer, you would not be wrong, given that one of its designers, Vitaly Bulgarov, was a concept artist for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

Resources: CNN.com,mashable.com,fortune.com.

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  • lemflem11
    lemflem1112 days
    My uncle works with Jeff bezos
    • tailow789
      tailow7893 months
      Woah! Cool!!! I don't think you can buy that on amazon!
      • mattchien
        mattchien7 months
        cool dude
        • 27cvermurlen
          27cvermurlen11 months
          can I buy that on amazon
          • kurz
            kurzabout 1 year
            Sign me up!!!
            • kurz
              kurzabout 1 year
              Me next plz!!!
              • littlest88
                littlest88about 1 year
                That’s really cool
                • therandomasian
                  therandomasianover 1 year
                  same here slytherin
                  • slytherin_lover
                    slytherin_loveralmost 2 years
                    I'm so proud of my country. Go South Korea!!!!
                    • yreddy9363
                      yreddy9363almost 2 years
                      so cool exactly like avatar