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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  • 27cvermurlen
    27cvermurlenThursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:15 am
    can I buy that on amazon
    • kurz
      kurzFriday, December 11, 2020 at 5:42 am
      Sign me up!!!
      • kurz
        kurzFriday, December 11, 2020 at 5:39 am
        Me next plz!!!
        • littlest88
          littlest88Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:03 am
          That’s really cool
          • therandomasian
            therandomasianWednesday, April 29, 2020 at 1:56 pm
            same here slytherin
            • slytherin_lover
              slytherin_loverMonday, March 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm
              I'm so proud of my country. Go South Korea!!!!
              • yreddy9363
                yreddy9363Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:18 am
                so cool exactly like avatar
                • malory
                  maloryWednesday, December 11, 2019 at 1:19 pm
                  so cool
                  • CoolFriday, September 20, 2019 at 2:40 pm
                    That's very interesting
                    • tommyWednesday, August 28, 2019 at 3:50 pm
                      thats awesome how do you build them ?