Google buys robotics company Boston Dynamics

Internet giant Google gets real, and invests in human-like robots that could expand its operations into automotives and manufacturing.
Posted By Sonali Basak   |   Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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Google has acquired eight robotics companies in six months. And it confirmed the buyout of Boston Dynamics, a military robotics company, on Friday. This leaves technology experts and Google investors wondering: What is the Internet giant's next move?

These "scary," human-like and "creepy" robots are extremely agile, can climb walls, run faster than humans and jump as high as 30 feet.

The robots have the ability to expand Google's operations into many areas, including the driverless cars it has been toying with. Boston Dynamics robots have been employed in Pentagon robotic testing.

The New York Times first reported the news and explained that "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."

Andy Rubin, who was chief executive of Android operations, is now in charge of Google robotic endeavors, and wrote in his latest Twitter post regarding the buyout, "The future is looking awesome."

[NY Times] [PC World] [CBS News] [ABC News]

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