I wonder what the hell they're going to do with this.
Google buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular and terrifying robots | The Verge
something unsettling about bigdog and wildcat, creeps me out
They are monsters.
And you all thought terminator was fiction.
MWS Natural "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving black people approaches 1."
If I were the owner of Google I would totally rename this subsidiary company to Cyberdyne just to fuck with people.
This is pretty big news, and google has recently sucked up a handful of other robotics companies:
Google Acquires Seven Robot Companies, Wants Big Role in Robotics - IEEE Spectrum
These all seem to be related to bipedal/quadripedal robots (rather than wheeled robots like their world-class autonomous prius). Nobody knows what exactly their focus is. My guess is to create a hugely improved bipedal robot, beat the shit out of a few DARPA challenges, make a cool video of a robot carrying a blind dude around and then I dunno, create a fleet of bipedal robots that pick through your trash to look at bank statements so they can focus ads on you harder.
Google has amassed an incredible team of roboticists and created such an amazing car that I'm really excited to see what they can do. But nearly all of Google's R&D (From android to gmail to google fiber) points back to either getting more people on the internet or getting more information about people on the internet. Robotics seems pretty far from that focus.
Find it interesting that previous head of Android Andy Ruben is leading whatever they are up to, which he has a background in Robotics as well.
I've seen the Boston Dynamics production floor a couple of times and it seems like a pretty cool place to work. In their lobby they have some of their first robots and it's amazing to see how far they have progressed. I imagine having Google behind them will only accelerate things more.
One other aspect of the purchase is that Boston Dynamics was mostly funded by DARPA to this point, but Google said that while they will complete the contracts already in place, they will not be doing any more work for the government/military once those are finished.
So now Google have already mapped out most of the world, created self driving vehicles, probably know you better than you know yourself, have the biggest collection of digital media on the planet and is now moving into robotics.
My theory is that Google is making robots for manufacturing and industrial sectors and then eventually expanding their expertise into personal assistants for business or for the home like doing household chores.
Alternatively, they are going to take over the world with Google Glasses wearing robots in their self driving vehicles finding their way to your house using Google maps
Hail to our new Google Overlords
World War 3 will be Amazon Drones vs Google Robots
BBC News - Google buys UK artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind
Google has bought UK start-up DeepMind for a reported £400m, making the artificial intelligence firm its largest European acquisition so far.
DeepMind was founded by 37-year-old neuroscientist and former teenage chess prodigy Demis Hassabis, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.
The artificial intelligence company specialises in algorithms and machine learning for e-commerce and games
BBC News - Why has Google bought an AI company?
So, Google has brought various robotic firms and now are acquiring advanced AI companies as well...Earlier this week Google spent £400m buying a UK firm that specialised in artificial intelligence.
DeepMind is a privately-held company founded by Demis Hassabis, a 37-year-old neuroscientist and former teenage chess prodigy, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.
According to DeepMind's website it builds "powerful general-purpose learning algorithms".
But what does Google plan to do with its newly purchased expertise?
The company has not issued a detailed statement on the acquisition, but that has not stopped industry observers from trying to work out the motives behind it.
Google has recently bought a number of robotic companies and artificial intelligence is often associated with the development of these machines.
Several news websites asked if Google was planning to combine its robot and AI purchases and build "Skynet" - a reference to the fictional, self-aware artificial intelligence system that features in the Terminator films...
Another robotics company recently acquired by Google, Schaft, won this year's DARPA challenge, which was based on responding to a Fukushima type disaster.
Boston Dynamics came in third with Atlas.
The end is near.
And yeah, some of those are downright creepy.
They speed those videos up. It actually took 6 days for that robot to open those two doors.
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