By Barry Posternak: iRobot has had a big move of late, up 90% in last 52 weeks and 25% YTD, recently reaching an all-time high. Part of the enthusiasm for the stock comes from Google's acquisition of Boston Dynamics for an undisclosed sum. Show More Summary
Google has bought eight robotics companies in the past few months, and no one seems to know why. Most of the speculation has focused on one of the eight companies, Boston Dynamics (BD). BD is the only one of the eight companies that specializes in military robotics, always a fertile field for those addicted to “Rise of the Machines”...
A&E is serving up more Wahlburgers: The reality series has been picked up for 18 more episodes. "Viewers are responding to the heartwarming dynamics of Boston's first family as they balance living in the Hollywood spotlight and growing a business," David McKillop, A&E's executive vice president, said. Show More Summary
Scott Raynovich of CMS Wire recently wrote, “Boston Dynamics, Nest and DeepMind. In the past month, Google has gone on yet another acquisition binge, spending at least $4 billion on a trio of startups that seem only loosely connected — robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence, respectively. Show More Summary
The same company that has access to your calendar, e-mail, and search history also owns this. Sleep well. (Credit: DARPA/Boston Dynamics) A decade ago, we used to hear a lot more about Google's informal motto: "Don't be evil." It doesn't come up as much anymore, but those three words still lead off Google's corporate code of conduct. Show More Summary
Since December, Google has been picking up robotics companies all over the place, including the super-terrifying Boston Dynamics, and the DARPA robot olympics-winning SCHAFT. We couldn't have thees robots annihilate the human race without brains, though, so Google has acquired Artificial Intelligence start-up DeepMind for about $500 million.
Google's purchase of bonkers robotics company Boston Dynamics in December prompted lots of hand-wringing: owning a Department of Defense supplier doesn't jive with many people's concept of "don't be evil." At the time, Google said it...Show More Summary
The Boston Celtics are ensuring that Rajon Rondo's fate is known in the near future. Even though the dynamic point guard has only been back from his torn ACL for a few games, the green-clad franchise has reportedly offered him an extension...Show More Summary
Google is sparing no expense to extend its web dominance over the Internet of Things. On Monday, four weeks after buying out robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, the search behemoth announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Nest … Continue reading ?
iRobot thought it was safe after Google acquired robotics specialist Boston Dynamics last month. Here's why Google's recent acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest could be a bigger concern.
Robotics is advancing at a staggering pace. Even without Boston Dynamics’ rising robot army, NASA is still turning out lots of robots. The latest is RoboSimian, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and who is misleadingly named because that’s a freaking spider robot! Don’t believe us? Here’s RoboSimian competing at the DARPA robotics challenge held recently.
Guest Post: Chuck Kalmanek is the former head of research at AT&T Labs. This post originally appeared on his blog. With Google’s acquisition of the robotics firm Boston Dynamics –- its eighth purchase in this space — robotics jumped into mainstream consciousness.…
And you thought the Big Dog was scary? Okay, Boston Dynamics' quadrupedal, un-tip-overable 'bot still takes the cake, but SCHAFT (pictured above) deserves its own condo in the uncanny valley. And to think, they'll both be eating together at a...
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times reports that information overlords Google acquire creature-inspired military robot outfit Boston Dynamics. Honestly. It’s like humanity is attached to a big angry dog and someone keeps yanking the chain. There’s an excellent and extensive MIT Tech Review piece on the […]
Video of various goings on one the first day of the Robotics Challenge including an interview with Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert from GMPer Mark Greene
Will Oremus of Stuff.co.nz writes, “Google just bought a fearsome fleet of robots. The company confirmed a New York Times report that it has acquired Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts-based maker of such noted mechanical beasts as BigDog, Atlas, Petman, Cheetah and Wildcat. Show More Summary
As most of you have probably noticed, everyone's still booming about the Google/Boston Dynamics acquisition. Many people seem focused on one particular: how creepy many of the designer's robots look. I won't argue with the sentiment. Instead, I'm going to look at the reason behind it.
As more companies expand into groundbreaking new technologies, one has to wonder whether there's a strategy behind it or if it's all for show.
In 2013, Google has developed a self-growing artificial meat, created a new biotech company to slow the aging process, and invested in military robots. Is the company preparing to make Hollywood’s dystopian dreams a reality?
Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that specializes in the production of military-grade robots. No news yet as to what the search giant plans on doing with Boston Dynamic, but with Andy Rubin heading Google’s robotics arm, we may … Continue reading ?