It probably doesn’t help matters that publications like Bloomberg Businessweek are announcing the news with headlines like, “Google Just Bought Some Really Creepy Military Robots.” Or that ABC News is announcing, “Google Buys Boston Dynamics, Gets a Bunch of Scary Robots.”
It’s true, though, that Google has picked up another robotics company; this time, Boston Dynamics, which has designed robots for the Pentagon. Here’s the news in a more straightforward style.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to worry, does it? Perhaps the human-like “Atlas” robot might be pitching in to help with Google’s mapping initiative, for example. For some reason, though, Google and “military robots” is freaking people out.
Could be worse. Could be Facebook.
Maybe Google is trying to keep up with Amazon, which is looking into deploying a fleet of same-day delivery drones.