Google Buys Over Boston Dynamics
The search web giant surprised the world with the Acquisition of the robotics company
While Google may not have any militaristic intentions up their sleeves, it still didn’t stop the search giant from acquiring robotics developer and maker Boston Dynamics. The company is well-known among the robotics industry for having built the WildCat, an autonomous quad-pedal robot capable of running and achieving speeds of up to 29km/h on flat terrain.
Andy Rubin, the man who once led development for Android and is now directing Google’s robotics division, tweeted his happiness with the words “The future is looking awesome!” upon the official announcement of the acquisition. According to sources, the acquisition of Boston Dynamics was a bold and steady move on Google’s part and was definitely the next step towards his pursuit of his lifelong love of real, functioning, sentient robots.
Many also see the buyout as a way for Google to add on more projects to its secretive Google X lab. On the subject of Boston Dynamics, the company itself has stated that while Google itself has no intention of ever becoming or participating as a military contractor itself, the robotics company will still honor any and all of its military contracts prior to the buyout.
Boston Dynamics is best known for its line of robots that are capable of achieving previously unthinkable speeds and displaying mind-blowing capabilities. Other products that have been demonstrated in recent years by the company include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 40km/h Cheetah, as well as the humanoid known as PETMAN.
Boston Dynamics has officially been bought over by Google.