Google acquires robotics firm Boston Dynamics

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

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

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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.

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“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”.

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Maybe they did this so when people go to moon the Street View vehicle, it’s now capable of kicking them in the arse?

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

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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…”

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“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.”

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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.

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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!

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

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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?

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

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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.

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“Welcome to the future of courier delivery, Robomule!”

“I WILL NOT BEND, FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE… not unless you get in my way, fleshbag…”

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

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

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

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Somewhere on the Mountain View campus:

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