Boston Dynamics

Are you ready for super-evil robots that will take over the planet in some sort of cybernetic revolt? I sure am.

We probably won't see maniacal robo-wargs that will swoop in and destroy all humans, but if we ever do, the two companies that could make it happen just got cozy. Google has announced that they have purchased Boston Dynamics, creators of terror the Big Dog and PETMAN, for an undisclosed sum. I'll speculate that it was 100 Billion Dollars. Not really.

All jokes aside, Boston Dynamics have the knack to make robots that are agile, strong and sturdy instead of fragile pieces of metal that need coddling. The kind of robots that could do stuff instead of just look pretty in a lab. Check out the WildCat — and hope it never chases you.

What does this mean? We have no idea. Andy Rubin is Google's new robot overlord, so I imagine he has some sort of plan for this. We can only hope that it's peaceful.

Source: NYT


 

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Google purchases robotics firm Boston Dynamics

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That thing is freaking awesome! But all I think this really means is the bigger the kid (Google) the bigger the toys :)

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Awesome?this stuff will be used in the one world government so don't kid yourself about the awesomeness of this.

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This company has money from DARPA and the pentagon in R&D development. Makes me wonder if Google Glass also has Government money for Glass to be giving to soldiers in the near future for real time human intelligence where we have boots on the ground.

Before any company buys a company funded by our Government with contracts the US government has to first approve of the company buyout, and that usually makes the news because of all the press on capital hill and congressional committee's. There are background checks into every business partner the companies and it's dealings with foreign countries and business'. And then another review of the Government contracts the new company will have to follow and assurance of the guidelines, and that's the tip of the iceberg. But this being a lesser and highly public project I doubt they would have to jump through so many hoops.

10-1 Google is looking at this thing first and fore most for Google maps and Earth and going into forrest and wilderness mapping, because this thing can go up mountains with hundreds of pounds of gear on it. I could not see it handling well in soft dessert sands and dunes though. It can take a kick while walking and not fall over while going uphill. I saw one of these with the engineers at Ft. Leonard Wood. It can carry all the supplies for a small squad and their rough packs.

I am going phase three just started.

Know what they are thinking and buying(search)

Track them everywhere (android)

Develop a way to round them up

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Actually fourth.
1.Search 2.Maps 3.Android 4.Killrobot

And I guess translate could be squeezed in somewhere as a way to kill everyone in their language.. Hmm.. And my guess is that Chromecast was only a diversion.

Next up is a half human killer that will come into the past from the future to assinsate Phil! He will need your phone, Google account and insurance.

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Companies are building armies, first amazon with its drones and now Google with this robot. Next, Apple will create an atom bomb.

Thankfully, they will be using Apple Maps, and will all end up landing somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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It actually doesn't do any physical damage, but when you drop it on neighboring countries, it suddenly makes readily available commodities and goods unbelievably expensive, and also somehow decreases functionality of a great number of material items. I'm not exactly sure how it works, it's pretty advanced stuff.

I just thought of something. What if one of the reasons Google did this is to create a real ANDY running android!? (Pun intended.)

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The GPe is due in Q4, 2014

Delivery Q2 2015 with their supply chain

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I hope they can throw in free shipping...

And maybe a chromecast to see the status on the big(ger )screen.

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At least Google is putting their money to good use for the progressiveness of innovation. Apple has over 10x the money Google does and what are we seeing them doing with all that cash? Nothing but the same damn models of the iPhone all over again.

It only goes to show which company is truly passionate about technology and which only cares about profits.

Spot on, old chap! Apple's only innovation lately is marketing. I'd be surprised if Apple hasn't figured out how to sell people their own feces and like it yet.

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Apple already has a patent for selling people their own feces. They're just waiting for someone else to do it so they can sue!

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It's only a matter of time before Samsung or HTC takes the bait.

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Lol you Android folks are so cute and so far behind.

We innovated iCrap.

It comes in colors, different shapes, moisture control (turn up for a wild ride!), and a plethora of options.....

Why ask why?

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Holy crap! That is awesome! Those guys are pushing the state of the art. Love to have one out in the garage.

Well their operating system is called android,sooooo, I guess it's kinda fitting.

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Probably be safer because of the 3 laws!
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

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Rules are made to be broken

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Maybe this robots will only be used against Apple, MS, Oracle, Nokia, what's left of BlackBerry, Ubuntu, Tizen and everyone that gets in the way of Android.

Dear Google,

all those Skynet jokes were just... you know... jokes! There is absolutely no reason to take them seriously. So, give Andy Rubin another nice project to play with and forget about that robot thing you are starting before it is too late.

Seriously, stop it now, you are frightening the kids!!!

Sincerely, a fearful loyal follower.

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.
Just kidding, if these are used for god, then i have no conflict. Otherwise, i am getting the plasma cannon out.

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I am so glad I am not the only one that makes the Skynet jokes...I USUALLY am the only one in SO MANY other things...so ya think Skynet is running Oreo or Whoppers????

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With funding from DARPA?
Ironic. We would not even be reading this article let alone making comments (& indeed Google would not even exist) were it not for DARPAs first achievements!

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Google bought them just to move on with their plan to build Metal Gear Rex. However, they must patent its design before Kojima does.

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After watching Petman and Big Dog, I am pretty certain that Google will become the future's Cyberdyne Systems. Androids aren't going to be fiction in the next thirty years.