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Jeff Bezos Pilots a Giant Robot

20 March 2017

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos piloted a 13-foot robot at his MARS2017 robotics conference on Sunday night.



21 Comments to “Jeff Bezos Pilots a Giant Robot”

  1. I expect a strongly worded letter tomorrow from Authors United about this.

  2. I am eager to see what the Authors Guild rolls out in response to this escalation of the arms race.

    Probably three guys in a Yugo.

    ETA: My snark is two minutes later than Bill’s because I had to take the time to search and see if Authors United was still around. 😉

  3. Another Anonymous

    Please note they added safety chains to make sure the boss didn’t take a nose dive while playing. 😉

  4. Soon to be delivering Amazon boxes in *your* neighborhood…

  5. Methinks this one is a bit more… more. 😉


    • Ooh, I heard of this company a few years ago and forgot about them. Looks like they’ve gotten even cooler in the meantime.

      Just the other day my younger nephew (6) was complaining that my older nephew (8) was building a robot that only the 8-year-old can get into and pilot. I didn’t take him too seriously at the time; it’s not as if either boy is Iron Man or anything 🙂

      Now I’m wondering how soon I could have them playing Big-O vs. Iron Man. Once my niece is bigger she can play R. Dorothy …

  6. You don’t pilot a robot, you pilot a machine. A robot would move on its own.

  7. I’d love to see Bezos marching down the streets of New York in this!

  8. Get back to us when you can actually make the thing walk around and it doesn’t have to be held up with chains hanging from the ceiling. And you can lift and carry heavy cargo boxes from one place to another. Until then, you’re just controlling robotic arms, which is neither new nor impressive at this point.

    • It is not “held up” by chains, it is kept from falling over by chains. The final product is expected to be for sale at the end of the year. And it walks: https://youtu.be/FgwA_qYOcQ0

      • Thanks for the link, that’s way cooler than Jeff Bezos’s demonstration. But I still don’t see a man inside it lifting and carrying heavy boxes from one location to another. And I suspect there was no one inside the pod controlling the thing during the walking segments because the walking can only be controlled by a person watching from the outside, which kind of defeats the purpose of the thing. Unless the thing can be piloted entirely autonomously by a person seated inside the machine, it lacks.

        • Given the alternative of having nothing, I find that a strange definition of “lacking.” Regardless, the military has been using different types of exoskeletons for years. Do some digging and you’ll find them.

  9. “Get away from her, you bitch!”

    Apologies to Sigourney Weaver.

  10. So Mr. Bezos has become one of the Transformers?

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