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Google buys 8 robotics companies

RoyLatham
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12/18/2013 3:28:20 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Google bought Boston Dynamics this week. Boston Dynamics makes Big Dog, the four legged robot that looks like two overburdened French mimes struggling with a load. I've know BD professionally for many years, and the guys running it are really smart. This type of acquisition is as more to get the people than to get the specific products.

Google gets tons of money from internet advertising, and their problem is how to spend it in ways that generate huge profits. They could just buy government bonds or something, but that's no fun and it would not meet investor expectations of continued spectacular growth. Google is saying that advanced robotics --and separately, self-driving cars-- are about to arrive.

Unlike web searching, Google has lots of competition in the robot biz. Sarcos, which makes Ironman-type robotic suits, was purchased by Raytheon a few years ago. They compete with Lockheed. The Japanese make way more industrial robots than anyone else.

The hangups in making robots have been software and sensors. Those obstacles seem to have been cracked, but we'll have to see. Many technologies seem just about to blossom and then go into suspended animation. One was do-it-yourself chip design, where you'd write something like a computer program, software would convert it to a chip layout, and your chip would share a wafer with many other users. It didn't happen. Virtual reality was all the rage, then submerged. In my business, simulators for driver training have been "about to happen" for decades.

Google denies widespread rumors that it is building a robot army to conquer the world.
Magic8000
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12/19/2013 12:14:24 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I for one welcome our new robot overlords controlled by Google.

Hail Google

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AlbinoBunny
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12/24/2013 7:29:15 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I just found out that I was adopted this morning. My "biological" parents are Google, and I am a sentient robot.
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