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Posted: March 21, 2017

WATCH: Jeff Bezos pilots giant ‘Avatar’-style robot at private tech conference

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, pictured above, piloted a giant, science fiction-style robot at the retailer’s annual robotics conference.
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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, pictured above, piloted a giant, science fiction-style robot at the retailer’s annual robotics conference.

By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The merging of reality and science fiction was on display as Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, showed off his robotic driving skills at the retailer’s private annual tech conference in Palm Springs, California.

Bezos tweeted a picture of himself at the Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration (MARS) conference, piloting a giant, 13-foot tall, 1.5 ton robot. 

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The robot looks like a real-life version of the bipedal machine piloted by “Avatar” villain Col. Miles Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang, in James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi classic.

It’s also similar in some ways to the robotic exoskeleton suit that actress Sigourney Weaver wore to defeat the alien in another Cameron sci-fi classic, “Aliens.” 

“Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” Bezos asked while he was operating the robot?

Then on Monday he tweeted, “I just got to pilot an awesome (and huge) robot thanks to Hankook Mirae Technology.”

South Korea-based Hankook Mirae built the machine, the Method-2, according to The Verge, and unveiled it in 2016.

The conference also showcases the latest advances and prototypes in home automation, machine learning and space exploration.

 


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