Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is showing that tech companies are finally getting a grasp on robotic appendages. In a demonstration at the re:MARS conference in Las Vegas -- a Bezos sponsored event to showcase the latest advancements in machine learning, automation, robotics and space -- the CEO showed off a duo of surprisingly agile robotic hands. In a video on Twitter, Bezos can be seen using high-tech gloves to manipulate a pair of robotic arms. By mimicking his motions, Bezos is able to summon the arms to carry out sophisticated actions using fine motor skills. In one exercise, Bezos is seen passing a ball back and forth between hands and in another he uses the arms to adeptly place plastic rings around a rung.
For the last couple of years, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has held an annual invite-only event where billionaires, astronauts, and roboticists could rub shoulders and chat about the future of tech over gourmet nibbles. Now that event is being turned into a public conference -- one that "embraces an optimistic vision for scientific discovery" and will feature demos, workshops and talks about machine learning and space exploration. "We're at the beginning of a golden age of AI," said Bezos in a press statement. "Recent advancements have already led to invention that previously lived in the realm of science fiction -- and we've only scratched the surface of what's possible." The new event will be held in Las Vegas between June 4th and 7th later this year.
At Amazon's re:MARS robotics and AI conference, the humans remain in control, for now. It just so happens that the phrase "turn the lights on" sounds a lot like the word "tenderloin." That seemingly unimportant phonetic connection became an early challenge for Amazon's Alexa Shopping team. After all, the world's largest online store didn't want to ship its customers surprise packages of meat when all they wanted was to flick on a light switch. So the company devised a ranking system for its voice commands, placing a request for the lights, which is used a lot, high above a request for tenderloin, which isn't.
Amazon is launching a new conference focused on robotics, space and artificial intelligence. The re:MARS conference, which stands for machine learning, automation, robotics and space, is slated to take place at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas on June 4th through the 7th. It will be open to the public and is set to include'visionary talks, interactive workshops, technical deep dives, roundtables, hands-on demos, and more,' an Amazon statement said. Amazon's re:MARS conference, which stands for machine learning, automation, robotics and space, is slated to take place in Las Vegas on June 4th through the 7th The conference grew out of a private, invite-only event, called Mars, hosted by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos in recent years. 'We're at the beginning of a golden age of AI,' Bezos said in the statement.
At Amazon's inaugural re:MARS conference, an autonomous mower on display cut straight lines in grass as it scooted back and forth across an artificial lawn on Thursday. The gray, cylindrical Terra robot by iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum, was one of many automated machines demonstrated at the event at Las Vegas's Aria resort. Another robot called Temi blasted pop music while, like a faithful pet, it followed a person around the spacious convention center. Thousands of tech fans descended on the Mojave desert for the conference, a public offshoot of Amazon Chairman Jeff Bezos' previous invitation-only MARS conferences (the acronym stands for "Machine Learning, Robotics, Automation and Space"). In dozens of breakout sessions, business leaders discussed the future of jobs, drones, and tools powered by Amazon's cloud platform in fields ranging from space exploration to health care.