CNET thinks it’s cool that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tweeted a picture of himself walking with a robot dog. Sure, that’s way cool.
Taking my new dog for a walk at the #MARS2018 conference. #BostonDynamics pic.twitter.com/vE6CXrvV3o
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 19, 2018
But from where we sit — from a meetings-industry perspective — we like that the guy who keeps reinventing the online marketplace relies on a face-to-face event to move a slice of the high-tech space forward. Bezos has convened the invitation-only MARS conference now for three years, gathering together robotics companies and academics to explore machine learning, automation, robotics, and space exploration.
And judging from #MARS2018, an effort was made to ensure that women in the robotics, space, automation, and machine-learning industries were well represented at the event this week in Palm Springs, California.
Meet the women of the @Amazon #MARS2018 retreat. Hands down one of the most impressive groups of powerhouse women from the robotics, space, automation and machine learning industries! Thank you @JeffBezos for bringing us together! pic.twitter.com/Yh8Lqa8Ukj
— Sasha Hoffman (@sashaphoffman) March 20, 2018
According to GeekWire‘s rundown of the tweatstream, highlights of the event include an Intel indoor drone formation fly-in, a show-and-tell by Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck featuring his company’s 3-D-printed Rutherford rocket engine, a sound-converting vest demonstration, and an inspirational talk by actor Michael J. Fox.
I’d sure love to add an invitation to MARS19 to my cart. Hey, I’m an Amazon Prime member.