Check out this excellent post by Prof. Illah Nourbakhsh of CMU on Google’s robotics acquisitions: Google’s Android Dreams
Over the last six months “The Googles” have been picking up robotics companies. They raised the total to eight when they purchased Boston Dynamics In early December. Google is investing heavily in robotics because they know what we at Vigilant Robots also know: robotics are going to be the ‘plastics’ of the early 21st century.
Just as with plastic in the 1950’s there was a huge amount of basic research needed to set the stage, and we have seen that research being done in robotics over the last 20 years.
Just as with plastics in the 1950’s, once that stage was set, the breakthroughs exploded, and those who saw what was coming revolutionized how they did business. And just as plastics completely changed our everyday lives, robots will as well.
In his recent article, noted roboticist Illah Nourbaksh of CMU suggested: “Autonomous robots will displace our sense of control precisely because they are out of our control, but occupy the physical world and demand our attention.”
Get ready for the robots, they’ll be coming to a neighborhood near you!
Our belief is that robotics are poised on the edge of explosive growth, but the robots will have to ‘earn their pay‘. to become ubiquitous. That is why we focus on security robots.