CEO Jeff Bezos pilots 13-foot mech at Amazon conference

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What would you do if you were a billionaire? And Bezos looked like a kid in a candy store (a futuristic Richie Rich, to be exact) as he played around in the robot. He was referencing her lead role as Lt. Ripley in James Cameron's 1986 Sci-fi thriller "Aliens", where the female actor defeated a carnivorous alien monster with a humanoid-like robotic suit.

"Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver", Bezos said while raising the arms of a 13-foot-tall robot.

Unlike the Kuratas from Japan or the MegaBots Mark 2 from the U.S., the Method-2 is built by South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology. "Kneel, peasants! (then lets out a maniacal laugh)", but that would've revealed his identity.

The Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration conference, MARS for short, is a private tech conference held annually by Amazon, and is attended by experts in the fields of artificial intelligence, space exploration, and robotics.

Videos showing Method-2 in action have been floating around the internet since December. It's built by a South Korean company named Hankook Mirae, and if it looks like it stepped straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster (it bears a striking resemblance to the bipedal robots in Avatar) that's because one of its designers, Vitaly Bulgarov, is a concept artist who's worked on films like Ghost In the Shell and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. Live Science strongly believes it isn't 100 percent genuine, and while the video showing Bezos controlling the mech proves the robot exists, the fact the Amazon boss only moves its arms suggests its mobility (and possibly its strength) were exaggerated.