Published On: Sat, Mar 14th, 2020

Amazon cancels re:MARS 2020 eventuality amid COVID-19 outbreak

Amazon has canceled re:MARS 2020, an annual AI eventuality that focuses on appurtenance learning, automation, robotics and space, over concerns about a COVID-19 pandemic. The eventuality was scheduled to be hold Jun 16 to 19, 2020 in Las Vegas.

Organizers of a eventuality pronounced in a matter on a website that a eventuality will be cancelled and guest who purchased tickets will accept a full refund. Here’s a statement:

Thank we for your seductiveness in re:MARS 2020. Our tip priority is a contentment of a employees, customers, partners, and eventuality attendees. We have been closely monitoring a conditions with COVID-19, and after most consideration, we have done a preference to cancel re:MARS 2020. All guest who have purchased tickets will accept a full reinstate of registration fees. Hotel bedrooms requisitioned by a discussion website will be canceled giveaway of charge. Over a march of a entrance weeks, we will try other ways to rivet a community.

Amazon launched re:MARS in 2019 and final year featured owner and CEO Jeff Bezos, Landing AI owner and CEO Andrew Ng, actor and writer Robert Downey, Jr., MIT Media Lab researcher Dr. Kate Darling and Boston Dynamics owner Marc Raibert, and Zoox CEO Aicha Evans, among others.

COVID-19, a illness caused by a new pathogen that is a member of a coronavirus family and a tighten cousin to a SARS and MERS viruses. COVID-19 has caused governments and companies to cancel tech, business and automotive events around a world, including a NCAA Mar Madness basketball tournaments, veteran sports games in a NBA  and NHL, a Geneva International Motor Show, MWC in Barcelona and a SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Disneyland and California Adventure will tighten by a finish of a month. On Friday, President Donald Trump announced a inhabitant emergency, a nomination that allows a supervision to giveaway adult some-more sovereign resources that states can entrance as they respond to outbreak.

Amazon released superintendence Thursday in response to a COVID-19 conflict recommending that tellurian employees who are means to work from home to do so by a finish of March.

“We continue to work closely with open and private medical experts to safeguard we are holding a right precautions as a conditions continues to evolve,” an Amazon orator pronounced in an email statement. “As a result, we are now recommending that all of a employees globally who are means to work from home do so by a finish of March.”

Earlier this week, Amazon pronounced it would yield dual weeks of additional paid time off for full and part-time employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine. The association pronounced it will continue to compensate all hourly employees, including food service, janitorial and confidence staff, who support a offices around a world.

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