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(Popular Science)   Over the past few years, Google has been buying up robotics company after robotics company. So, what exactly ARE they doing with their new acquisitions? [insert dramatic music here]   (popsci.com) divider line 19
    More: Interesting, Google, robotics, Boston Dynamics, industrial robot, Korea Advanced Institute of Science, Skynet, Googleplex, DRC  
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2014-03-13 08:44:26 AM  
Building robots?
 
2014-03-13 08:46:56 AM  
Their building a robot army to use when they conquer the world.
 
2014-03-13 08:49:40 AM  

Muta: Their building a robot army to use when they conquer the world.


Or to steal meds from old people.
 
2014-03-13 08:50:33 AM  
Is an angry cabbage going to berate me for using the wrong 'there'?
 
2014-03-13 08:53:06 AM  
Oh I get it now "Don't be evil" is irony.
 
2014-03-13 09:03:29 AM  
What's he building in there?
What the hell is he building
In there?
He has subscriptions to those
Magazines... He never
Waves when he goes by
He's hiding something from
The rest of us... He's all
To himself... I think I know
Why
 
2014-03-13 09:06:16 AM  
application.denofgeek.com
Duh!
 
2014-03-13 09:27:26 AM  

omgrtfa: Oh I get it now "Don't be evil" is irony.


Why?

All I see in the article is 'google spent a lot of money on robotics!' They are a tech company. That's what they should be doing. Pursuing new and emergent technology, pushing boundaries, etc.
 
2014-03-13 09:39:56 AM  
popwhore.com
 
2014-03-13 09:56:30 AM  
Can we just change the name to Black Mesa and be done with it?
 
2014-03-13 10:00:58 AM  
They're doing what needs to be done... Trying to actually move our species forward technologically instead of hoping all the old last century companies will do shiat when they'd rather sit on everything unless it keeps them secure in allowing them to milk as much money out of it as possible.
 
2014-03-13 12:19:18 PM  
Because google has always been an AI company with some lackluster interfaces in front of it?  Hardcore crunching of tons of data to make "insightful"(in the jargon sense) conclusions about simple ideas.


Robots are an amazing area to use AI algorithms for useful purposes.

//I'd like them and still use them if they hadn't tried to shove plus down our throats.
 
2014-03-13 12:52:47 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Can we just change the name to Black Mesa and be done with it?


I think they are more like Aperture. I don't see them trying to open up an inter-dimensional portal/

/yet
//I want a companion cube
///and pie
 
2014-03-13 12:56:35 PM  
Skynet needs flunkies to carry out the dirty work of eliminating the meatbags.
 
2014-03-13 01:39:40 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-13 11:54:09 PM  
I have to ask: have any of these companies done research in augmentations or wetware? Cause if so, between that and their mystery barge, I can't help but think they're working on the Hyron Project.
 
2014-03-14 02:46:44 AM  

snake_beater: I have to ask: have any of these companies done research in augmentations or wetware? Cause if so, between that and their mystery barge, I can't help but think they're working on the Hyron Project.


Or the Glomar Explorer II.
 
2014-03-14 07:19:29 AM  

eltejon: snake_beater: I have to ask: have any of these companies done research in augmentations or wetware? Cause if so, between that and their mystery barge, I can't help but think they're working on the Hyron Project.

Or the Glomar Explorer II.


Are we talking "secret CIA/DOD submarine recovery" Glomar Explorer, or "raise the Great Old One and violate the Benthic Treaty with the fishmen" Glomar Explorer?
 
2014-03-14 08:53:11 AM  
dl.dropboxusercontent.com
Soooon....

/Either that, or they're just doing the SOP of a big corp and buying out any potential competition.
/Proof will be if they ever take advantage of these pricy acquisitions or just bury them as tax writeoffs.
/Cause Google VIP's like being the only ones with self driving cars.
/Seriously, you've got a self driving car and you aren't making cars or licensing it out to a car maker.
/How is that even a business model?!
 
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