Amazon chief asks “why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?”
Billionaires seem to love gadgets and the most powerful of all, the Elon Musks, Richard Bransons and Jeff Bezos’s of this world love their sci-fi too.
Bezos took time off from running Amazon and trying to win the commercial space race to attend Amazon’s annual robotics conference and got to ride in its star attraction, a 13-foot tall robot.
The fifth richest man in the world sent a tweet saying ““I just got to pilot an awesome (and huge) robot thanks to Hankook Mirae Technology.”
Bezos waves the robots arms about for around 30 seconds in a video before pausing and asking “why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?”
According to the Verge, the robot, which is built by South Korean company Hankook Mirae, may be an “elaborate hoax” – Method 2, as it has been christened, may not be the most mobile of robots – more like a puppet, in fact, than a “real life” robot.
This is the second time Amazon has held a robotics conference, nicknamed MARS (Machine Learning Home Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration) and both times the venue has been Palm Springs, California.
Director Ron Howard, possibly still most famous for his role as Richie Cunningham in Happy Days, attended the first event, as did academics from Berkeley, MIT and ETH Zurich, and were taught “to make their own axes and split wood, try virtual reality devices and enjoy drinks and grapes served on tables set atop KIVA robots”, according to photo evidence shot by a guest.
Amazon’s latest big-selling product, the Amazon Echo, uses voice-activated AI to be able to perform tasks at its owner’s request; the technology is called Alexa.
Amazon are traditionally secretive when it comes to discussing their technologies, which also includes the use of drones and even drone landing bays set on top of lamp posts, but they are becoming more and more proficient in almost every market they operate in – and their owner isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.