Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin New Shepard crew capsule

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos shows off a mockup of Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule during a 2017 space conference. Blue Origin will be represented at Amazon’s re:Mars conference. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Amazon didn’t have to look very far for one of the biggest headliners due to appear at re:MARS, the Seattle-based company’s open-to-the-public event focusing on artificial intelligence and other tech frontiers.

Billionaire founder Jeff Bezos will share the stage with actor/producer Robert Downey Jr. and a cavalcade of CEOs, researchers and Amazon executives.

Today Amazon is taking the wraps off the starting lineup for the first re:MARS conference, set to take place June 4-7 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas — and is letting the world know that registration will open at 6 a.m. PT March 28.

Re:MARS is modeled after the company’s invitation-only MARS conference, which has focused annually on Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space since 2016. In 2017, Bezos stole the show by stomping onstage in a giant robot, and in 2018, MARS photos of Bezos and Boston Dynamics’ robot dog went viral.

This year’s edition of MARS is reportedly running next week. (Our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. Again.)

Re:MARS is Amazon’s maiden effort to share the MARS experience with a wider public, as long as that public is willing to pay the $1,999 price for a pass. (Astronauts, however, can attend for free.)

What will attendees get for their money? Access to more than 100 sessions over the course of three and a half days, including keynotes, innovation spotlights, deep dives, demos and interactive workshops. An opportunity to experience Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital space capsule. And the chance to hobnob with the luminaries of the burgeoning artificial intelligence field … in Vegas, no less.

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Source:: GeekWire


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