google joins the robot race

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Picture-based search, self-driving cars, Google Glas… will there soon be Google robots? Google has announced the acquisition of high-profile robotics company Boston Dynamics, and this is the eighth acquisition of google in the robotics field.

Boston Dynamics robots already have a dominant position in developing robots with locomotive abilities that surpass the conventional wheel-based mechanisms. Their bipedal robots such as Atlas and Petman have almost as much degree of freedoms as humans do. Quadruped robots such as the Big Dog, Little Dog, Wild Cat and Cheetah mimic locomotive agility observed in animals by replicating joints.

Combined with Google’s expertise in developing artificial intelligence through its search engines and Google Now, the new generation robots might soon start thinking by themselves! Asimov meets Terminator?

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