Jeff Bezos dreams of package deliveries to space. (Photo: Blue Origin)
In the race to become humanity’s real-life Iron Man, it appears Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has taken the lead from Tesla’s Elon Musk.
Early Monday morning, Bezos tweeted a picture of himself riding a huge robot from Korean company Hankook Mirae Technology.
Caleb Harper, who works with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Open Agriculture Initiative, shared video on Twitter of Bezos operating the robots’ arms. “Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver,” said Bezos, a nod to the actress’ role as Ripley in the sci-fi classic Alien. Look familiar?
Bezos was attending the second annual MARS conference, which brings together experts in robotics, machine learning, home automation and space to demonstrate and discuss the latest innovations.
The Hankook Mirae site shows the robot, a Method v2, which weighs 1.6 tons and stands about 13.5 feet tall.
Both Bezos and Musk have big plans to travel to Mars in the future. The Amazon CEO also runs his own aerospace firm, Blue Origin, with plans to take humans to Mars. Meanwhile, Musk — leader of his own space company, SpaceX — has gone a step further, claiming he already has plans to colonize Mars.
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