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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tx_tuff says:

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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MERCDROID says:

And what exactly qualifies you to make that statement?

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mwara244 says:

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.

thewind56 says:

okay google, stop chasing me!!

Gregy Tapara says:

" I'm sorry I can't do that, Dave"....

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Jonneh says:

We can sick 'em on criminals. :O

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MERCDROID says:

Or law-abiding citizens =)

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ludesleep says:

This+

eahinrichsen says:

If you're not breaking any laws, you have nothing to fear from NexusBot. :)

MERCDROID says:

Lol

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Zig261 says:

Google is beginning phase 1 of world domination.

Grahaman27 says:

Its at least phase two by now...

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NoNexus says:

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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TheDu9du says:

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.

Is chromecast to control what media you can see?

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unopepito06 says:

Tally-ho, good man!

1746bklynave says:

Sky net here we come. Lol.

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brannan.f says:

When did they say the T-100 was coming out?

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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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cwmont13 says:

George Orwell would approve of this!

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hodan says:

All hail our new robot overlords!

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kyle_beckman says:

One step closer to SkyNet, right Jerry?

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Chanlion says:

Google may be the conception of SkyNet.

MrNinjaPanda says:

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

tigerchilly says:

Apple bomb

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flychinook says:

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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MERCDROID says:

And, I'm OK with that =)

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ChillFactorz says:

Adams apple

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unopepito06 says:

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.

The ibomb?

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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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When can I order one from Google Play? NEEDZ it NAO! :)

NoNexus says:

The GPe is due in Q4, 2014

Delivery Q2 2015 with their supply chain

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At the low early adopter price tag of $15000 no less.

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drdeath91 says:

And you'll get a $25 Google Play credit.

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ajpri says:

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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Spot on old chap

Shut up and take my money, Google!

Zig261 says:

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.

RexMaximus says:

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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cwmont13 says:

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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RexMaximus says:

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

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NoNexus says:

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.....

MERCDROID says:

"Make iCrap yourCrap, today!"

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Jdroid3 says:

Here it starts Rise of the Machines

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Junior chuxx says:

And why should I care?

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droidhead_1 says:

Why should you comment...

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MERCDROID says:

Why even bother, lol.

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NoNexus says:

Why ask why?

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MERCDROID says:

(mindblown)

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RexMaximus says:

Drink Bud Dry!

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bergeronjc says:

I want a robot I can purchase at Wal-Mart that can wrap my presents.

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jcg5862 says:

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

That was the creepiest awesome thing I've ever seen.

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merv69 says:

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

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nite732 says:

Skynet and cyberdime have officially started.

planoman says:

damn...google is skynet. I hope I am not around when they become self aware...

tigerchilly says:

Rather live in a world with robots than humans

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MERCDROID says:

You say that, now...

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cwmont13 says:

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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NoNexus says:

Rules are made to be broken

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MERCDROID says:

Did you get that from watching Futurama?

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Those are the 3 laws of robotics, sir. Look them up.

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MERCDROID says:

I will, lol. Thanks.

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You are quite welcome. If i sounded short i am sorry.

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MERCDROID says:

It's all good, brother!

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Gregy Tapara says:

"My logic is undeniable...."

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Gregy Tapara says:

" my logic is undeniable....."

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TheDu9du says:

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.

Sean2277 says:

All hail our new overlords.

Groundhound says:

About that Googlebot you blocked.......

Lekoq Grande says:

so what..now the Nexus 6 will be able to transform into a pet dog? ==Winning!!

lyun17 says:

This is to combat Amazon's drone delivery system.

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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MERCDROID says:

I doubt God needs robots, lol.

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Meant good.

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MERCDROID says:

I know, I was just being a smart-ass.

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xolanir says:

Boston Dynamics...Massive Dynamic...uh...any correlation?

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Gregy Tapara says:

Boston Dynamics... Boston Acoustics was wondering the same thing?

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dchawk81 says:

Can't wait for an app to control them. I'd make mine play fetch with the Amazon drone and my stuff.

dchawk81 says:

Can't wait for an app to control them. I'd make mine play fetch with the Amazon drone and my stuff.

shadlom says:

One day, staring at a post-apocalyptic landscape we will remember, this is how it all began!

mcaples says:

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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BB_Bmore says:

Oh-mo dotti - gotto - Mr - roboto

Those aren't the lyrics

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larrygeary says:

I wish Apple had bought them instead. Jonny Ive would make Wildcat pastel and beautiful.

LucyLucid says:

I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords. ALL HAIL GOOGLE!

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Gregy Tapara says:

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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Vitalidad says:

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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law2010 says:

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.

robotaholic says:

Google is letting the existing contracts complete from DARPA but is not starting any new government contracts.

What if someone hacks them?

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