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Buff Jeff Bezos and his robot dog get the tech party started at Amazon’s MARS fest

Amazon’s invitation-only convention on machine studying, automation, robotics and house exploration, also referred to as MARS, has grow to be an annual custom marked by billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos’ high-tech excessive jinks.

Final yr, Bezos kicked off the Palm Springs meet-up by taking the controls of a giant robot. At present, he showed up as “Buff Bezos,” accompanied by Boston Dynamics’ four-legged, anxiety-inducing SpotMini robot.

Our invitation will need to have gotten misplaced in the mail, however based mostly on the tweetstream, the highlights to date embrace an Intel indoor drone formation fly-in, emceed by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich … a ping-pong-playing robot … a show-and-tell by Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck, that includes his firm’s 3-D-printed Rutherford rocket engine and Humanity Star disco-ball satellite tv for pc … a sound-converting vest … and an inspirational speak by actor Michael J. Fox.

Right here’s at this time’s gallery, and keep tuned for extra about #MARS2018.

A robot parade at #mars2018 — the spherical ones are autonomously following the dog. Additionally, a drone. pic.twitter.com/6Ah13j0oL1

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 19, 2018

Jeff Bezos taking part in beer pong with a robot #mars2018 pic.twitter.com/K1DQzDNvuY

— Cosima Gretton MD (@cosgretton) March 19, 2018

Up to now this morning at #mars2018 — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and the Intel drone workforce demo indoor formation flying. pic.twitter.com/fVbksI0z5P

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 19, 2018

Peter Beck @RocketLab with his – actually – 3D printed rocket engine. With reusable ejected batteries. #mars2018 pic.twitter.com/PFeJBDdXlW

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 19, 2018

What the robot sees. Boston Robotics at @JeffBezos#mars2018 pic.twitter.com/pR8y9KyLR0

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 19, 2018

. @EllenStofan and I are planning some house enjoyable with @blueorigin ! pic.twitter.com/FfawkA7mE0

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 19, 2018

Now David Eagleman reveals his vests that translate sound to sensation for deaf folks and extra #mars2018 pic.twitter.com/D3ELohd6su

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 19, 2018

Thanks @realMichaelJFox for kicking off MARS by inspiring us all to suppose past our labs and work on issues that matter! #MARS2018 pic.twitter.com/vXwZ9XahDU

— Laura Main (@lauramajor) March 19, 2018

Thanks for inviting me once more this yr, @JeffBezos! At all times inspiring, thrilling, and stuffed with surprises!!!#MARS2018#MachineLearning#Automation#Robotics#SpaceExploration pic.twitter.com/ty80MXjwWM

— Dennis Hong (@DennisHongRobot) March 19, 2018

Particular tip o’ the hat to Arizona State College planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton.

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