Google acquires robotics firm Boston Dynamics


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#2

This was always a joke before, but now I, for one, really do welcome our robotic overlords.


#3

Are they going to put cameras on them so that we can have real-time views of places where humans dare not tread?


#4

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

"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

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

Why would Google do this? What evil plans are they hatching?


#8

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

"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

Okay, so G00gle is officially becoming part of the military-industrial complex.
Hey, military-industrial googleplex!

@Samthebutcher
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"

@singletona082
Of course there will be a driver. Integrated in the dashboard.


#11

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

Soooooo, Google's bought the world's premiere war-bot manufacturer? @cstross, i totally see where you're coming from...


#13

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

Yea, I don't know if buying a military hardware company counts as 'do no evil'.


#15

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

"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

Didn't Coke buy a few nuclear subs back when the Soviet Union imploded?


#18

But coke have always been evil... but wait, did they? Is a joke going over my head?


#19

It feels more and more like we're living in one of the Terminator timelines :-S


#20

Somewhere on the Mountain View campus: