Amazon’s head of worldwide shopper Jeff Wilke unveiled its newest supply drone on the re:MARS convention in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019.
Amazon does not plan to host its re:MARS convention on cutting-edge applied sciences like robotics and house this yr, the corporate confirmed on Friday. It’ll incorporate the topics into its current lineup of Amazon Net Companies occasions.
The tech large launched re:MARS, which stands for “Machine studying, Automation, Robotics, and House,” in 2019 as a manner for startups, teachers, researchers and executives to debate the newest developments in these applied sciences. It morphed out of a non-public, invite-only model of the occasion, known as Mars, that attracted tech elite and was hosted by Amazon founder and government chairman Jeff Bezos.
The choice to cancel re:MARS was not made for budgetary causes, Amazon mentioned.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has been taking a tough take a look at prices throughout the corporate because it confronts slowing gross sales progress and a depressing financial outlook. The corporate has undergone the biggest layoffs in its historical past and Jassy has minimize numerous initiatives, together with the Amazon Care telehealth program, touring “treasure truck,” Glow youngsters’s videoconferencing system and Discover digital excursions service.
Amazon used re:MARS to highlight a few of its futuristic improvements, equivalent to supply drones, warehouse robots, and its first house robotic. Bezos additionally held talks on house colonization, and examined out a pair of large remote-controlled robotic fingers. Finally yr’s convention, Amazon demonstrated a function the place its Alexa digital assistant impersonated a deceased relative.
An Amazon Net Companies spokesperson advised CNBC in a press release: “AWS hosts tons of of hundreds of consumers and companions yearly at tons of of occasions around the globe. These occasions present a useful alternative to attach with our prospects. Their time is treasured and we take severely the accountability to make every occasion beneficial for each attendee, whether or not that is by growing new abilities, figuring out new options that can remodel a corporation, or constructing new connections that may advance a profession. We consulted with prospects and the group as at all times, and for 2023, determined to include re:MARS subjects — machine studying, automation, robotics, and house — right into a well-funded lineup of current AWS occasions.”