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.


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      charchar1116Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:30 am
      • lucasSunday, January 28, 2018 at 4:33 pm
        they should use this for a future movie
        • School studentWednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:50 am
          I would do this for a school report but it does not have enoghf words to sumerise
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            12345678909Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:26 am
            this cost as much as ten million puppies
            • WolfDogTuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:13 am
              Looks like something from a video game!
              • cool kidFriday, January 5, 2018 at 7:38 am
                i want one
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                    soundhorn91Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:49 am
                    ..........oh my gosh
                    • IlluminatorWednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:07 am
                      Honestly, this video was good and the article was decent but how did our human race manage to create such a monument in our life?

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