Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Takes a Giant Robot Out for a Spin

Monday, 20 March 2017 - 9:54PM
Robotics
Monday, 20 March 2017 - 9:54PM
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Takes a Giant Robot Out for a Spin
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If Amazon wants to take over the world someday, they're not doing a great job of hiding it. Thanks to their ever-listening Echo devices and army of delivery drones, the online retailer is increasingly looking like the real-life Skynet, and their newest endeavor isn't likely to assuage anyone's fears, since it's just a giant killer robot suit.

Ok, we made up the "killer" part, but look at this thing. Do you want that delivering your Amazon packages?

That's Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos taking a terrifying 14-foot-tall robotic suit for a joyride during the company's MARS conference over the weekend. The event, which Amazon founded just last year, stands for "Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space" exploration, and features tech companies from around the world showcasing their goods. The robot suit Bezos tried out is the Method-2 from South Korea's Hankook Mirae Technology, and the company's chairman, Yang Jin-Ho, previously said that it "is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go (unprotected)."

In other words, Bezos is totally going to buy these robots so he can navigate the post-apocalyptic world his company will inevitably create. Here's the suit in action, with Bezos having probably too much fun. And it's not even Amazon's first giant robot.



All kidding aside, Bezos appeared to have a blast in the suit (who wouldn't?), which appears to function by copying his movements in real time, just like they way similar fictional suits work in Avatar and Pacific Rim. Bezos even joked about feeling like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens when Ripley dons her robot suit, so we guess we'll know who to call if Earth is invaded by xenomorphs in the near future. Or if you need any extra muscle to deliver your Amazon order.

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