After taking a Boston Dynamics robot dog for a walk on Monday at the company’s MARS conference and playing beer pong with a robot, he was up for a new challenge: a ping-pong match against another robot.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 19, 2018
It appears that opponent’s alien-like appearance affected Jeff’s performance, as his weak forehand and backhand failed to present a challenge to a huge piece of metal holding a bat.
One shot ended up in the net, while another sent the ball far off the table.
Some speculate that Jeff is doing all this with one goal in mind: getting robots to like him.
It’s no secret that Bezos’ human employees are at breaking point, so replacing at least a portion of them with machines seems like a logical thing to do.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos needs to brush up on his ping pong skills. Our associate editor @jackiesnow is at the MARS conference in Palm Springs, California this week with the leading authorities on robotics and artificial intelligence. pic.twitter.com/thXqDLdQAL
— MIT Tech Review (@techreview) March 20, 2018
For one thing, losing in ping-pong on purpose is a smart way to get on robots’ good side and pull them away from working for Amazon’s competitors.
That’s how you treat your future employees!