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March 14, 2019      

Amazon today announced that registration for its re:MARS public event covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, robotics and space exploration will open on Thursday, March 28, will go on sale at 6 a.m. PDT (9 a.m. EDT), for $1,999.

The event, taking place June 4-7, 2019, at the ARIA resort and casino in Las Vegas, includes more than 100 sessions, keynotes, spotlights, deep dives, and interactive workshops. The MARS acronym stands for “Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space”. Speakers include experts and leaders in the robotics, automation, and AI landscape, but will also include at least one celebrity – actor and producer Robert Downey, Jr.

Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO re:MARS

Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO

“We’re at the beginning of a golden age of AI,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. “Recent advancements have already led to invention that previously lived in the realm of science fiction – and we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible. We’re excited to create re:MARS, bringing together leaders and builders from diverse areas to share learnings and spark new ideas for future innovation.”

Robust speaker list

Featured speakers include:

  • Colin Angle, chairman, CEO and founder of iRobot
  • Kate Darling, researcher, MIT Media Lab, and affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Center
  • Aicha Evans, CEO, Zoox
  • Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr. distinguished chair in engineering, UC Berkeley
  • Daphne Koller, founder, Insitro, Rajeev Motwani Professor in the computer science department at Stanford University
  • Andrew Lo, the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering
  • Andrew Ng, founder and CEO of Landing AI and, general partner at AI Fund, co-founder of Coursera, adjunct professor at Stanford University’s computer science department
  • Naveen Rao, CVP and GM of the AI products group, Intel
  • Tom Soderstrom, IT CTO at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Patrick Zeitouni, head of advanced development program, Blue Origin

In addition to Bezos, Amazon’s Jeff Wilke (CEO Worldwide Consumer) and Dave Limp (SVP, Amazon Devices and Services), are also expected to speak at the event, giving their perspective on the investments in AI around Alexa, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Go, Prime Air drones, and Amazon Robotics.

Beyond the speaking sessions, Amazon said it will have daily networking opportunities, “an incredible event party,” technology showcases, and event hubs featuring robotics and automation demonstrations. Featured sponsors of the event include Accenture, Intel, and iRobot.

Amazon said that “astronauts still attend for free,” so dig up your NASA ID card if you still have one.