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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  1. Why was the CEO of Amazon so happy on March 20?
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  • curryFriday, April 28, 2017 at 6:15 am
    make a monkey drive it.
    • curryFriday, April 28, 2017 at 6:10 am
      nerds people
      • xenomorph778329Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:48 am
        nice tech
        • bossgamer2.5Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:09 am
          that was lit
          • lttleThursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:45 am
            that is so cool
            • Ya boiThursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:05 am
              OH...! THATS INSANE!!!
              • SAVAGEThursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:49 am
                • Lucky the PandaWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                  Transformers Bezo in disguise!
                  • lucianoz
                    lucianozWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm
                    This bot is awsome!!!! I want one.
                    • NeonWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:34 am
                      I wonder where they make these stuff........
                      • lucianoz
                        lucianozWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm
                        Me too.

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