Amazon robotics conference

Earlier this week, Amazon held a secret, invitation-only event for the machine-learning and robotics community.

The three-day event, at the Parker Palm Springs resort in California, had hundreds of guests from the business, entertainment, and robotics sectors.

Business Insider got photos of the event from one of the attendees. Here's what it was like:

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Plenty of food and booze … served on a Kiva, the robots made by Kiva Systems, the company Amazon bought for $775 million. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was spotted drinking single malt whiskey with some of the attendees.


The name of the event was MARS — Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration. The invitation card said, "Many great humans are attending (not to mention some extraordinary robots)."


There were tons of talks and demos of robots. About 130 people were invited, according to one of the attendees.



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