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Google Acquires Boston Dynamics, Maker of Advanced Research Robots

Dec 14 2013, 2:14am CST | by , in News | Technology News

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Google Acquires Boston Dynamics, Maker of Advanced Research Robots
Photo Credit: Boston Dynamics

Google is adding to its pre-existing repertoire. It recently acquired Boston Dynamics, which happens to be a maker of large-scale robots such as BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas.

Boston Dynamics is an organization that manufactures some very frightening robots for DARPA and the Pentagon. It has just undergone a merger with Google. The duo happens to be a potent and heady mixture. Google knows everything about everyone and everything while Boston Dynamics bags the prize in robotics. 

The public is a little worried since the future looks like George Orwell’s 1984, with these two high tech firms joining hands. But there are others who say that there is simply no need to get anxious over the matter. This happens to be Google’s eighth robotics company which it has acquired in a bid to be the best. What exactly the purpose is behind all the artificial intelligence collection at Google remains a mystery. 

One thing is for sure though. The man who served as the impetus behind the whole venture is Andy Rubin. Rubin created the Android platform virtually out of scratch. Android is what mobile software runs on. And as far as robots are concerned, they are Andy’s first love. The man is a genius in matters of manufacturing machines that mimic human actions. 

As for Boston Dynamics, it has even developed robots such as the Cheetah which can run faster than the fastest sprinter. Google is slated to employ these robots as worker replacements, delivery agents and geriatric care representatives. 

Founded 21 years ago, Boston Dynamics has perfected the science of robotics into a fine art. Some of its large-sized robots are terrifying to look at. In fact, they look like bionic monsters straight out of a Terminator movie. This may well be a moon shot that Google is successful at.  

Source: NYTimes

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