Jeff Bezos gets buzzed by robot dragonfly at Amazon’s mysterious MARS conference

Jeff Bezos gets buzzed by robot dragonfly at Amazon’s mysterious MARS conference

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And here is @JeffBezos being mobbed by a robotic dragonfly. Forbidden Planet!! #MARS2019 pic.twitter.com/QfnmQJZ9Dj

— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 18, 2019

“Buff Bezos” and his robotic dog went viral at last year’s MARS conference — but this year it’s Buzzed Bezos and his robotic dragonfly.

Billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos reveled once again in robotics today at Amazon’s annual invitation-only festival in Palm Springs, Calif., celebrating Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space.

As usual, we’re on the outside looking in, based on tweets with the #MARS2019 hashtag and reports from those on the scene at The Parker Resort.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a planetary scientist at Amazon State University, has emerged as the most reliable tweeter about the MARS goings-on. She’s the one who tweeted out a video clip of Bezos keeping watch amid a crowd of attendees as a robo-dragonfly flitted around the conference grounds.

The moment echoed Bezos’ photo op with Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robo-dog at last year’s MARS meeting, and Bezos’ grand entrance in a giant robot to kick off 2017’s event.

This year, one of the themes for the conference appears to be bio-inspired robotics. But there’s a lot more to keep watch for, including the occasion celebrity sighting.

We know that “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill is at MARS because he shows up in the background of a selfie tweeted out by gravitational-wave researcher Chiara Mingarelli:

When Luke Skywalker photobombs your selfie… you’re at #MARS2019 pic.twitter.com/f7VTRGITcz

— Dr Chiara Mingarelli (@Dr_CMingarelli) March 18, 2019

We know that retired NASA astronaut Story Musgrave, one of the spacewalking saviors of the Hubble Space Telescope, is also in attendance — thanks to a couple of tweets from Wobbly Labs game developer Robin Baumgarten:

Wobbling with astronaut Story Musgrave, nbd

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