Google buys Boston Dynamics

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Google hat Robot-Bauer Boston Dynamics gekauft, deren Bots ihr kennt, vor allem natürlich Big Dog. Boston Dynamics entwickelt ihre Roboter für das amerikanische Militär und wurde von DARPA finanziert, damit ist Google jetzt ganz offiziell Teil des militärisch-industriellen Komplexes, auch wenn Google betont, diese Richtung nicht einschlagen zu wollen. Don't be evil!

BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie.

Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans. […]

The deal is also the clearest indication yet that Google is intent on building a new class of autonomous systems that might do anything from warehouse work to package delivery and even elder care.

NYTimes: Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots