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