December 23, 2013 Comments Off on Is Google Ushering in a Robotics Future?
Is Google Ushering in a Robotics Future?
From self-driving cars that were said to be safer than any human driver, to biotech research aimed to fight ageing, Google is known for its revolutionary moonshots. Last week, the company took another technological leap into robots. Google acquired Boston Robotics, the company that makes fearsome, military machines such as, Big Dog, Atlas and Cheetah, a robot that has been touted to run faster than Usain Bolt. This latest deal is Google’s eighth robotics acquisition. Based on news reports, the acquisitions make for an assorted product lineup that includes walking humanoids, jumping robots, assembly line robots, special-effects cameras for making movies, and animal-like androids for the military. Andy Rubin, the head of Google’s robotics division, is keeping mum over the specifics of this new project. It may not be clear exactly where Google goes from here but this much is certain: the latest deal shows just how valuable and significant artificial intelligence is becoming.
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