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Google buys robotics design company Boston Dynamics

  1. Google on Friday announced that they've acquired the robotic engineering company Boston Dynamics. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company creates "machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.", The New...

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  2. EClyde

    EClyde TS Enthusiast Posts: 165   +16

    Great. That ugly thing can patrol the ugly windfarms
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Guru Posts: 1,334   +491

    Given Google's history and BD's product, I can only conclude that Google is planning to amass an army of heavily armed killer robots that use their interface with Google's database to seek and destroy anyone who challenges Al Gore. It's no coincidence that both terminators and certain Google products which will remain nameless are synonymous with chrome.
     
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  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,078   +746

    Irrespective of what Google paid to acquire the company, they probably paid for it from petty cash.
     
  5. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Well, I'm against it. It was a military project to begin with and it turned to Google. I'd be fine with Microsoft buying it as they probably wouldn't work at all without constant patching or something, but giving Google such toys certainly doesn't sound too safe. Either world dominance by combining their data and robotics or they'll run this poor mule to the ground like YouTube.
     
  6. But why would google want this is google an army now ? what reason would be behind them getting this
     
  7. insect

    insect TS Booster Posts: 206   +52

    Why all the doom and gloom? Who cares if Google makes robots... if they don't, someone else will.

    I suspect they just want to get a jump on competition by buying established companies and using the bought companies tech and patents to to catch up to those already ahead (like Honda). In the end, we this just means robot servants and androids (like Data from Star Trek... not silly phones) faster and sooner than would have happened without the power that is Google.

    If you're really that afraid of robots becoming your overlords then I suggest you stop watching sci-fi horror movies start learning to about robotics now so you can evade/shut them down if that time comes.
     
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Guru Posts: 1,334   +491

    Most of the doom and gloom here is all in good fun.

    However, average person should indeed be fearful of these robotics programs. In fact, they should be terrified. Robot servants and androids mean a substantial decrease in labor demand for a wide range of basic jobs. Economically, this means that to compete with Data-like androids, human laborers will have to become extremely competitive (see: demand lower wages, fewer benefits) or be washed out of the market completely. Simply, a laborer who performs with machine consistency and precision, doesn't require medical, doesn't demand a wage, won't strike against or sue an employer, or won't decided to leave a company for a better opportunity, is a far more effective tool for production than any human (who does all of those things, save for the first) could ever hope to be. If you think cheap international labor is a bane, just wait until the even cheaper Robotic Army of Productivity takes the market by storm in the future.

    That said, it's probably a great idea to learn about robotics. In an automated future, the only people who will be making decent money are the people who can service the machines.
     
  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,975   +908

    Doesnt that company have large ties with DARPA?
     
  10. yorro

    yorro TS Enthusiast Posts: 245

    Has anyone seen humanoid by Boston Dynamics?

    I guess all those sci-fi movies got everyone feel uneasy, just the idea of replacing everyone's jobs can induce fear.
     
  11. Shouldn't be hard for these tax dodgers to buy that.
     
     


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