Google Buys Boston Dynamics: Andy the Android Gets Real Life Robotic Pals

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  1. dgstorm

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    For several months we have heard reports that Google's X Labs division is working on some very high-tech stuff in the robotics field. They have made it clear they plan to push forward with the development of robots designed to help eliminate some of the menial, repetitive and physically dangerous tasks within the industrial world. It now appears they have doubled-down on this agenda. Google has just acquired Boston Dynamics. This is a company famous for its impressive DARPA level robots, like BigDog and Atlas. Google snapped up the company along with all of the geniuses working there.

    This renewed focus on robots has a fitting leader at Google as well. The new head of this division is none other than Android's former boss, Andy Rubin himself. Google's acquisition of this juggernaut in the robotics field proves they are serious about making Androids of the future more than just smartphones. Here's a quote with a few more details,

    My favorite robot comes at the 8:21 mark. It approximates a humanoid structure in almost unbelievable ways.

    Source: NYTimes
     
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    Who said anything about "The Terminator"?


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    I saw this over the weekend. Thats some scary **** to be honest. Boston Dynamics has contracts with the DOD and DARPA if I'm not mistaken. I remember reading that Google wants to dive into the world of robotics but ya, kinda scary.

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    Derp, it says in the post about being on contract with DARPA. I was recalling from memory.
     
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    The looks like some awesome stuff. How soon before I can send my Robot in to work for me???