Here's Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, evolving into his final form as a giant robot.
Bezos tried on the robot exoskeleton at at Amazon's annual MARS conference, which covers machine learning, home automation, robotics, and space exploration.
Hankook Mirae Technology, which created the 13-foot, 1.6-ton Method-2 roboexoskeleton that Bezos is piloting, is a South Korean robotics company. The equipment resembles several iconic robots from science fiction movies and more advanced versions could theoretically be used for interplanetary or intergalactic human exploration. Bezos is particularly interested in space science and has invested $500 million into his space exploration company Blue Origin as of July 2016.
Here's the suit in action without Jeff Bezos.
And here's the iconic battle between Sigourney Weaver and the monster in the original Alien film.
The comparison wasn't lost on Bezos, who asked the conference crowd, "Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?" They chuckled nervously in response.
The Method-2 bears the same human-encased-in-glass-with-giant-robo-limbs design of the robot suits in Avatar:
Vitaly Bulgarov, one of the designers working with Hankook Mirae on Method-2, designed robots for the film Ghost in the Shell and the 2018 anime adaptation Battle Angel Alita.
He's a co-founder of Kiln, a weapons company creating "innovative and custom gun parts," according to his website. Bulgarov's Instagram looks less than an engineer's account and more like it belongs to the general of the robot army that will soon enslave the world.
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Blake Montgomery is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.
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