It’s not enough that Google is creating quantum computers with advanced artificial intelligence or smart glasses straight out of sci-fi or taking over our home theaters with Chromecast, because the company also wants to rule the world… with robots, or course. Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, but Google wasn’t joking when Android co-creator Andy Rubin stepped down recently from that department to oversee a new one dealing with robotics.
This isn't exactly a big deal for Rubin, being that his engineering background is actually in robotics. However, for Google to step into the robot arena only confirms the conspiracy theories that surmise that Google is, in fact, Skynet. Regardless, robots are cool, and Google recognizes that. And why not? The company gave us self-driving cars, so why not a robot maid like Rosie from The Jetsons?
Granted, robot maids aren’t exactly what Rubin’s division is working on. To start, Google hopes to create robots for use in industrial settings, like factories. Believe it or not, many manufacturing plants are still mostly human-based and require human workers to walk across factory floors to deliver parts and goods. As Google is already experimenting with delivering packages in urban areas, building upon that existing technology is a no-brainer.
But don’t count out more advanced robots either. The company has also bought several robotics and AI companies in both the U.S. and Japan and are looking to purchase more. Although, the company calls the robotics division a “moonshot,” the idea is to get robots on the market as soon as possible. If that’s the case, sign me up for the first robot maid. Who cares if it might become self-aware and bring on the apocalypse? Better than a dirty house, right?
Via New York Times