March 22, 2017

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pilots giant robot

20 March 2017, 09:21 | Megan Pierce

The Method-2 robot’s arms stretch wide with Amazon’s billionare founder Jeff Bezos at the controls

Bezos in robot

It's dedicated to talking about machine learning, home automation, space exploration, and of course, robots.

He may be incredibly wealthy, follicly challenged, and have a reputation for being an uncrompomsing businessman, but that's where Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's similarities with Superman nemesis Lex Luthor ends.

The robot was created at Hankook Mirae Technology's lab near Seoul in South Korea and showcased in Los Angeles at Amazon's MARS robot conference over the weekend.

But as a glimpse into the possible Amazon warehouse worker of the future it was an eye-opening experience.

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In another video he is heard asking, "Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?" making a reference to the actress' scene in "Aliens" in which she wears an exo-suit. The robot is the Method-2, and first came to public attention last December when videos and pictures of the bot circulated online. Its movie-like appearance is influenced by one of the designers, Vitaly Bulgarov, a concept artist who's worked on the likes of Ghost in the Shell (live action) and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

This fact and a few others have led some to suggest that the Method-2 is actually an elaborate hoax. Admittedly, though, those arms are moving pretty fast. What's likely is that the Method-2's mobility is limited.

Still, if the robot lives up to its promises, then there's no reason why the Method-2 couldn't join the fight brewing between Kuratas and US-based MegaBots, whose creators hope to turn robot mecha suits into a new fighting sport.

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