#1 By: Xeni Jardin, December 14th, 2013 01:59
#2 By: TimmoWarner, December 14th, 2013 02:22
This was always a joke before, but now I, for one, really do welcome our robotic overlords.
#3 By: Eksrae, December 14th, 2013 02:30
Are they going to put cameras on them so that we can have real-time views of places where humans dare not tread?
#4 By: Andrew Singleton, December 14th, 2013 02:30
Welp. At least we know who's most likely to build skynet now.
Mildly curious on where they're going with this to be honest. Granted i live rrual enough they probably won't make me a priority target.... except thanks to the pilot program they kinda have my address. So... uh. Step 1. Make sure car that just pulled in has driver.
#5 By: Eksrae, December 14th, 2013 02:52
"tell me if you saw one of these things running after you, you wouldn’t crap your pants and have a heart attack at the same time."
No shit. Ray Bradbury saw that one coming when he wrote "Farenheit 451".
#6 By: Jason, December 14th, 2013 03:19
Maybe they did this so when people go to moon the Street View vehicle, it's now capable of kicking them in the arse?
#7 By: Steve Baldwin, December 14th, 2013 03:20
Why would Google do this? What evil plans are they hatching?
#8 By: James Kilpatrick, December 14th, 2013 03:21
Considering the old massive brain and opposable thumbs, no. No, I won't die of fright if some misguided idiot sends a loud, delicate, and generally very vulnerable machine after me. I'll grab a stick and take it out, steal whatever looks interesting in the way of parts off it, break anything left that looks expensive, and go get a burger. Maybe a burrito.
"Never anthropomorphize a machine. They hate that..."
#9 By: Stephen Anderson, December 14th, 2013 03:48
You know, another thing just occurred to me....... As far as I know, a Boston Dynamics Robot has never been disconnected.
Well, no Boston Dynamics Robot has ever fouled up before.
That's not what I mean.............. I'm not so sure what he would think about it.
#10 By: Raybert, December 14th, 2013 04:37
Okay, so G00gle is officially becoming part of the military-industrial complex.
Hey, military-industrial googleplex!
I'd go back home and make some pasta. Otherwise: same page here.
Instant classic. I will quote this.
Reminds me of Colossus - The Forbin Project when the CIA guy starts adressing the computer as 'he', not 'it' and the president's reaction is 'don't personalize it - the next step is deification"
Of course there will be a driver. Integrated in the dashboard.
#11 By: jake0748, December 14th, 2013 04:44
Yes. I admit it. I WOULD be crapping my pants and having a heart attack if this thing was chasing me.
I would just hope I'd die before it got me. Gah!
#12 By: gilbert wham, December 14th, 2013 05:12
Soooooo, Google's bought the world's premiere war-bot manufacturer? @cstross, i totally see where you're coming from...
#13 By: Henry Krinkle, December 14th, 2013 05:15
A company funded by DARPA for over 20 years is deemed worthy of acquisition. Is this the tax payer funding of high tech industry in action?
#14 By: Nathan Hornby, December 14th, 2013 05:28
Yea, I don't know if buying a military hardware company counts as 'do no evil'.
#15 By: Rob, December 14th, 2013 05:37
I love Google... and I'm nmot just saying that so they don't replace me with a lifelike robot doppelganger whose personality is based on crap I post online.
#16 By: euansmith, December 14th, 2013 06:17
Welcome to the future of courier delivery, Robomule!
I WILL NOT BEND, FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE... not unless you get in my way, fleshbag...
#17 By: euansmith, December 14th, 2013 06:18
Didn't Coke buy a few nuclear subs back when the Soviet Union imploded?
#18 By: Nathan Hornby, December 14th, 2013 06:36
But coke have always been evil... but wait, did they? Is a joke going over my head?
#19 By: Simon, December 14th, 2013 07:22
It feels more and more like we're living in one of the Terminator timelines :-S
#20 By: He who must not be named, December 14th, 2013 08:14
Somewhere on the Mountain View campus:
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