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Jeff Bezos Goes Full Mech Warrior Piloting Massive 13-Foot Robot

21 March 2017

Or is it? Perhaps the fifth richest man in the world has world-domineering plans of his own, after he showed off his "piloting" skills in a 13-foot tall robot yesterday.

The Amazon boss appeared at the company's internal robotics convention where potential future tech around automation, robots and space exploration are discussed, and stepped into a giant bot built by Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology. Now, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was able to pilot one at a robotics conference stage, and of course, he had fun using it.

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While riding in the robot suit, Bezos made a joke about Alien, asking the audience why he felt so much like Sigourney Weaver. Reports that he then told the crowd to "bow down before your new king and master, Metal Jeff" are unsubstantiated.

It's still unclear what Method-2's objective is on Earth, but so far we've seen it move its giant mechanical arms and take a couple of unimpressive steps.

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As noted by The Verge, questions have been raised over whether the footage of Method-2 is actually faked.

This makes sense, as it is clear from the photo and video of Bezos that the Method-2 robot is stationary, secured in place by steel chains connected to the ceiling of the secret venue where the MARS 2017 conference took place. Admittedly, though, those arms are moving pretty fast.

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Hankook Mirae says that the Method-2 will be ready for sale by the end of 2017, and it will likely retail at $8.3m (£6.5m). From what we've seen of the Method-2 so far, it's basically a very impressive puppet.

Jeff Bezos Goes Full Mech Warrior Piloting Massive 13-Foot Robot