Google recently acquired Massachusetts based engineering company, Boston Dynamics, who have designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. It is the eighth robotics company that Google has acquired in the last few months. Executives at the Internet giant aren’t forthcoming with what exactly they plan to do with their robot collection. But Boston Dynamics bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts, which are being led by Andy Rubin, who spearheaded the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.
Although the video frequently garners comments that the robot will evolve into a scary killing machine straight out of the “Terminator” movies, Boston Dynamics, insist they do not consider themselves to be a military contractor – it is merely trying to advance robotics technology. Google executives said the company would honor existing military contracts, but that it did not plan to move toward becoming a military contractor on its own.
The deal is also the clearest indication yet that Google is intent on building a new class of autonomous systems that might do anything from warehouse work to package delivery and even elder care.