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

By Meera Dolasia on March 27, 2017

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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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    izy2005Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:18 am
    What if Method 2 can really transform!!
    • robloxTuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:15 am
      i play football
      • dudeTuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:13 am
        I play baseball
        • Elijah WWednesday, July 5, 2017 at 10:18 am
          It was the first real robot I've ever seen. But whoever posts these articles needs to post longer videos because I like to see what is going on with own eyes
          • StephTuesday, June 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm
            I'm a girl by the way It's awesomely PHENOMENAL THATS GREAT TO HAVE BUT IT MIGHT BE A LOT TO PURCHASE
            • CoolTuesday, June 27, 2017 at 4:39 pm
              • jakeTuesday, June 20, 2017 at 8:49 am
                asome and so lolololol
                • BSDMonday, June 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                  but NASA only saw a video of it flailing it's arms. LOL
                  • crash bandicootMonday, June 12, 2017 at 7:43 am
                    • crash bandicootMonday, June 12, 2017 at 7:43 am
                      awesome lol

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