Find someone who looks at you the way Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos looks at the robotic dragonfly that’s buzzing around his head at this week’s MARS conference.
MARS is Amazon’s annual invitation-only event focusing on Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space. This year’s attendees range from researchers and entrepreneurs in all those fields to celebrities like “Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill and veteran astronauts including Mike Massimino and Story Musgrave. (Astronauts attend for free.)
This week marks the fourth annual MARS gathering, which has now given rise to an open-to-the-public spinoff called “re:MARS.” The first re:MARS conference is planned for June 4-7 in Las Vegas, with a $1,999 admission charge.
Lots of weighty subjects are addressed at MARS, but Bezos says the most important metric for judging success is to “have some fun.”
He certainly seems to follow that precept in the clip from last night that he shared on Twitter and Instagram. Earlier in the day, we got a peek at the BionicOpter that Germany’s Festo AG designed to fly like (and look like) an oversized dragonfly — but during the onstage event, Bezos and the bug dominated the spotlight.
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SOURCE: ALAN BOYLE