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(Popular Science)   Google is apparently pulling out of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. One designer was overheard muttering, "Strange game. The only way to win is not to play"   (popsci.com) divider line 26
    More: Interesting, DRC, DARPA Robotics, Robotics Challenge, DARPA, Google, robotics, Boston Dynamics, domestic robot  
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2014-01-24 09:18:56 AM
You just lost the game.
 
2014-01-24 10:55:56 AM
Why would they want to give technology to the same army they will be fighting when they try to take over the world?
 
2014-01-24 11:10:55 AM
"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess? " is the quote subby.
 
2014-01-24 11:16:39 AM
Meh. Those fighting robots are kinda cool the first time you see them, but it gets old quick. Like a mechanized version of sweaty dick-punching.
 
2014-01-24 11:21:13 AM
A major US corporation taking an official "no military" position is kinda unprecedented.  I can't see this shifting my position regarding their company though.
 
2014-01-24 11:29:57 AM

jso2897: Meh. Those fighting robots are kinda cool the first time you see them, but it gets old quick. Like a mechanized version of sweaty dick-punching.


That gets old?
 
2014-01-24 11:37:34 AM
Make a robot that will clean my house and do the laundry and everyone will buy one!
 
2014-01-24 11:42:16 AM
this is just step one in google's plan to take over the world with nanomachines and robots that "moo"
 
2014-01-24 12:16:39 PM
Razer 4 Life!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-24 12:17:42 PM

black__hippie: You just lost the game.


Oddly enough, it appears "The Game" is making a comeback on Tumblr.
 
2014-01-24 12:33:10 PM
Sure it was fun at first, but without a chance to go against live human targets, the excitement is starting to wane.
 
2014-01-24 12:33:15 PM
WippitGuud: Razer 4 Life!

I'm more of a warhead
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and nightmare
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and toro
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fan.

Warhead for the style. Nightmare for the pure destruction, and toro for the acrobatics it puts other bots through.

Also, just as a size reference ... this is what Nightmares blade looks like when not in use (It hit another bot so hard in competition that one of the teeth was ripped off)
www.mcgrogan.net
 
2014-01-24 12:54:42 PM
I miss battlebots
 
2014-01-24 01:36:02 PM
Its arms come out of its ass?!

www.popsci.com
 
2014-01-24 01:36:47 PM

big pig peaches: Why would they want to give technology to the same army they will be fighting when they try to take over the world?


Beat me to it.
 
2014-01-24 01:44:25 PM
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Disapproves.
 
2014-01-24 02:07:05 PM
I'm just talkin' 'bout SCHAFT...
 
2014-01-24 02:27:52 PM
Ingram AV-98
 
2014-01-24 03:27:44 PM

BarleyGnome: Make a robot that will clean my house and do the laundry and everyone will buy one!


Why would I buy a robot that cleans your house?
 
2014-01-24 04:52:48 PM
"...the withdrawal of SCHAFT was straightforward..."


Quick, put it back in!
 
2014-01-24 05:24:02 PM
I was right. You're nothing more than some mad machine!
 
2014-01-24 06:52:40 PM
...so Google is actually trying to prevent Skynet rather than start it?  Nice.  Google FTW!
 
2014-01-24 07:50:21 PM
Oh no, who else on earth can do computer vision, machine learning and robotics?

Thousands of other people and companies, that's who.
 
2014-01-24 10:12:46 PM
They probably paid the right people, so they will get contracts anyway, without having to play the game and give their competition a free demo of their tech.
 
2014-01-25 07:18:16 AM

Wrencher: They probably paid the right people, so they will get contracts anyway, without having to play the game and give their competition a free demo of their tech.


Nope, they are not doing military work at all any more.
 
2014-01-25 07:21:48 AM

duckpoopy: Oh no, who else on earth can do computer vision, machine learning and robotics?

Thousands of other people and companies, that's who.


Who else on earth can put the whole package together as well?

Nobody, that's who.

SCHAFT won the DARPA challenge by a huge margin. Nobody else even came close to meeting the challenge. And several of the other contestants used hardware from Boston Dynamics, which also belongs to Google now.

Will other companies catch up eventually? Probably (although its not guaranteed). But at the very least, this is a multiyear setback for military robots.
 
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