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Good read: Andy Rubin now heading up Google's robotic moonshot

Former Android head Andy Rubin has been busy since he stepped down to explore a "new chapter at Google." The New York Times reveals in an article today that Rubin has been heading up a new venture at the tech giant, and it's all about robots. Following the acquisition of seven companies over the past six months, Google is looking to create "a new generation of robots." For the moment the project isn't aimed at consumers, but at industry — specifically, electronics manufacturing, supply chain and logistics work, much of which is currently done by humans.

There are more details about possible uses for Google's future robot army in the full article, linked below. And while the project is admittedly a "moonshot," with a decade or more of development time ahead of it, it's easy to see the potential it brings. Rubin himself likens it to Google's self-driving car project — still in development, but now closer to reality than science fiction.

Read more: Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

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