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Jeff Bezos gets a dream come true chance, pilots a giant mech

by Ron Duwell | March 20, 2017March 20, 2017 6:00 pm PDT

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has done quite a lot with his life since he became the fifth richest person in the world. Some of his decisions have changed the course of human thought, and others… well… they’re not what one would call significant. They’re just a lot of fun.

For example, see below.

At Amazon’s annual MARS conference, machine learning, home automation, robotics and space exploration, this past weekend, Bezos jumped in the cockpit and showed off a 13-foot-tall robot with fully functioning arms. The Method-2, as the robot is called, is the product of South Korean robotics company Hankook Mirae.

“I just got to pilot an awesome (and huge) robot thanks to Hankook Mirae Technology,” he said from the conference. “Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?”

He’s not entirely off, either. The concept artist behind the design of the Method-2 is Vitaly Bulgarov, who has worked with Hollywood in films like Ghost in the Shell and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

Not yet ready for the big screen, though

Currently, the Method-2 is still early in its design phase, and it lacks the full mobility for Bezos to pilot on his own. You can see footage of it actually in action from within the Hankook Mirae’s laboratory.

Now you know why a man worth several billion would want to have chains giving him a little extra support. Take all the precautions you want in that thing, Jeff. I know I would.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...