Google buys robotics company Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 by former MIT professor Marc Raibert. They’ve got deep expertise, especially in walking and running robots. This is a huge acquisition for Google, giving them a distinct edge in this space. It’ll be interesting to see what they have in mind.

Here’s a link to the Boston Dynamics YouTube channel. Don’t be surprised if one of these comes knocking on your door one day. Gulp.



  • DanielSw

    Go to the BD link and watch the videos. Very impressive.

    Looks like most of those prototypes were funded by DARPA. So why not have Google sink some $$$ into this stuff? There are countless commercial applications in the civilian arena.

    If some humans feel threatened by these robots, it’s high time they get off their lazy duffs now and get themselves educated/qualified for non-slave-labor/robotic jobs, because many of their current menial minimum-wage jobs will disappear with the introduction of these machines.

    • dr.no

      In the entire history of America only 25% of the population have college degree. Dream on with your republican talking points.

      US has already distroyed their public education system and can’t even compete against OCED rankings.

      Let see Google win the DARPA contest first before counting the chickens.

      Honda to their credit refuse to enter the contest because of their non-military stance but are still upgrading Asimo to be able to do the contest.

      • DanielSw

        Which shows how worthless such degrees are, especially these days. I wasn’t thinking of college degrees when I said, “Get educated.” I meant, “Learn some skills that a robot can’t replace.” Lack of effective public educational systems is also no excuse. And mine aren’t “republican talking points.” I’m talking simple common sense survival for anyone with enough sanity and industry left in them to see the writing on the wall and get busy and learn some skills so as not to get replaced by a machine.

        • Moeskido

          A lack of an effective public education system isn’t an excuse. It’s a disgrace.

          • DanielSw

            Yay! Another point of agreement with you! While we’re at it, though, let’s call it what it REALLY is: a CRIME, insidiously perpetrated on the society since the early ’60s by PSHCHOLOGY with its covert agenda of social control (read police state/slavery).

          • Moeskido

            Shouting caps aside, it’s more simple than that: three decades of budget cuts by a privileged group of lawmakers who never believed working people deserve a decent education.

          • DanielSw

            A society gets the government it deserves. So it’s not on the mongrel lawmakers as much as it’s on the mongrels who elected them, and who choose not to take the initiative to educate THEMSELVES (yes, I’m screaming!). What’s keeping anyone from picking up books, reading what’s online, doing tutorials, etc.–all of which are freely available–instead of sitting around moping and complaining and doing their stupid drugs which make them even MORE stupid? No, it’s on the INDIVIDUALS–each one of them–to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and make something of their time and abilities. Just how many will waste and squander the fine example set by Steve Jobs and his life. Did he have a college education? NO, thank GOD! He made something out of nothing. Anyone can do similar. No one’s saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing worthwhile is easily obtained.

          • Moeskido

            Jobs had an education, and took college courses. Perhaps you’ve forgotten the calligraphy anecdote?

            He was raised to be curious by people who’d been given a good education, too. Your stump speech about self-reliance only goes so far. A child’s love for learning doesn’t occur in a vacuum.

          • DanielSw

            You seem to delight in quibbling over minutiae and ignoring the main points I make, and in putting words in my mouth. Pity.

          • Moeskido

            No, I’m simply pointing out where your rant ignored actual facts.

          • DanielSw

            OK, so knock of the condescension and the lecturing, you pompous ass!

          • Moeskido

            I will if you will. A society gets the comments it deserves.

          • DanielSw

            That’s actually a good point! Done.

            So how about you contributing something worthy now.

          • Moeskido

            Speaking of condescension.

          • DanielSw

            It was a sincere request.

          • Moeskido

            Physician, heal thyself. If you say something inaccurate that I feel is worth pointing out, I’ll point it out.

          • DanielSw

            OK, as you were. Fair enough.

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/his-divine-shadow His Shadow

            That’s hilarious coming from you.

          • http://www.laugh-eat.com/ kyron

            steve jobs was born of the privileged class — white males.

            i live in a mixed city, the poor black youths here arent talking calligraphy courses at Reed nor traveling India. they get screamed at and hit by their uneducated parents who had the same happen to them. they get older and turn to drugs to escape. there are few jobs here due to the elimination of the working class, particularly by the robotization of the our port. pair this w/ the profitability of prohibition contraband and you can see why they turn to the drug trade for work.

            the “pull yourself up by the bootstraps!” is a stupid mantra chanted by US white males, the most privileged sector of humanity in history.

          • http://www.laugh-eat.com/ kyron

            uh oh, sounds like scientology… “Damn you PSYCHOLOGY!”

  • DanPierce

    Wait, isn’t this how Skynet gets created?