It’s not unusual for Google to capture headlines in the technology press, but one of Google’s latest moves raised even the most-jaded technorati eyebrows: Google acquired functional robot maker Boston Dynamics for an undisclosed amount. But that’s just the icing on a huge robotics cake Google’s been shoveling into its maw. This year alone, Google has acquired no fewer than eight robotics firms, including Industrial Perception, Redwood Robotics, Meka, Schaft, Holomni, plus the startups Bot & Dolly and Autofuss. And Google is committing brainpower too: In addition to putting former Android chief Andy Rubin in charge of robotics, earlier this year Google hired machine learning expert Geoffrey Hinton, and last year brought famed inventor and AI advocate Ray Kurzweil on board. Between initiatives like Google Glass, Knowledge Graph, and now robotics, Google is positioning itself as a hotbed for future technology development.But seriously: robots?! Sure, industrial robots have been around for decades, and a few us of even having Roombas patrolling our homes for stray breadcrumbs. But could Google finally be the company to bring us closer to the robots we’ve always dreamed of from fiction? Let’s take a closer look at what Google’s new toys do – and what its… Read full this story
- The best Roomba robots for 2020
- AI apocalypse where robots take over and ‘treat humans like guinea pigs’ could become reality, say experts
- Vampires, gangsters and Keanu Reeves: our games picks for 2020
- Did Jeremy Corbyn get his suit from Marx & Spencer... and who is Emma Watson's self partner? Find out in Britain's most irreverent quiz of the year
- Could lab-grown fish and meat feed the world – without killing a single animal?
- Comic Con 2015 Saturday Schedule
- Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 3D-printed cars and drone reforestation squads
Why is Google building a robot army? have 295 words, post on www.digitaltrends.com at December 21, 2013. This is cached page on SEO. If you want remove this page, please contact us.