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Google's drive into robotics should concern us all
The Guardian ^ | December 28, 2013 | John Naughton

Posted on 12/29/2013 5:08:15 PM PST by SamAdams76

You may not have noticed it, but over the past year Google has bought eight robotics companies. Its most recent acquisition is an outfit called Boston Dynamics, which makes the nearest thing to a mechanical mule that you are ever likely to see. It's called Big Dog and it walks, runs, climbs and carries heavy loads. It's the size of a large dog or small mule – about 3ft long, 2ft 6in tall, weighs 240lbs, has four legs that are articulated like an animal's, runs at 4mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs muddy hiking trails, walks in snow and water, carries a 340lb load, can toss breeze blocks and can recover its balance when walking on ice after absorbing a hefty sideways kick.

You don't believe me? Well, just head over to YouTube and search for "Boston Dynamics". There, you will find not only a fascinating video of Big Dog in action, but also confirmation that its maker has a menagerie of mechanical beasts, some of them humanoid in form, others resembling predatory animals. And you will not be surprised to learn that most have been developed on military contracts, including some issued by Darpa, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, the outfit that originally funded the development of the internet.

Should we be concerned about this? Yes, but not in the way you might first think.

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1 posted on 12/29/2013 5:08:15 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

FReepers who brand liberals as stupid should be wary....


2 posted on 12/29/2013 5:10:06 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: SamAdams76

I don’t see it. they made their money in software, they should stay there. Yes, “nerds” like new mechanical gadgets, but if they have commercial success with any such gadget, the Chinese, Koreans, Japanese or even the Europeans will have their own version out quickly. Then again, Google has a lot of $$$ to throw around.


3 posted on 12/29/2013 5:16:09 PM PST by PGR88
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To: SamAdams76

Google’s an overgrown ad agency.
Yje only danger is that they will use their huge funds they recieved for tracking internet users for marketers to suppress development in fields like robotics.
Just the opposite of what this author says.

But that’s what big companies tend to do.


4 posted on 12/29/2013 5:16:31 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: PGR88

They’re trying to build Cyberdyne Systems... (Uhm...Terminator?)


5 posted on 12/29/2013 5:21:47 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SamAdams76

ok. how do we stop these things from killing us?


6 posted on 12/29/2013 5:28:03 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Skynet?


7 posted on 12/29/2013 5:29:26 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

“ok. how do we stop these things from killing us?”

Well first you have to sign up for google adwords.


8 posted on 12/29/2013 5:30:42 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
ok. how do we stop these things from killing us?

Type "Google" into Google.

9 posted on 12/29/2013 5:31:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SamAdams76

10 posted on 12/29/2013 5:37:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SamAdams76
Google will become one of the most powerful corporations on Earth. And we know what Lord Acton would have said about that.

No, I don't. What would he have said?

11 posted on 12/29/2013 5:40:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SamAdams76

Made a couple of stupid videos a while back and uploaded them to Youtube. I allowed the videos to be monetized (Ads showing). Checked the Google Adsense right before Christmas...Getting a direct deposit for $299 in a few weeks.


12 posted on 12/29/2013 5:43:30 PM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I've watched many of the promo videos of various robots out there now.

They'd better harden them.

The only one I've seen so far that stands a chance against a guerrilla campaign is the lil guy with an M60 mounted on it.

Still has it's vulnerabilities.

It'll be a loooooooooooooooooong time before robots will be a worthy adversary.

13 posted on 12/29/2013 5:45:13 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

I’m beginning to think that we’ll need to call “Mr. Incredible”.


14 posted on 12/29/2013 5:45:19 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: mrsmith
Google’s an overgrown ad agency.

You need to read up on what Google has been doing these past 10-15 years. They are putting themselves in position to collect and organize all the world's information (their company mission) and as we all know, knowledge is power. They've mapped and photographed virtually every crevice of the Earth, captured huge market share in computer devices (Chromebooks, tablets), smartphones (Android OS) and even corporate data (Google Apps).

Advertising was the cash cow that fueled everything else but they now have several business units that stand on their own financially. The day is rapidly approaching where they will not need the ad revenue anymore.

People were afraid of the power that Microsoft obtained in the 1990s. Google will soon be ten times as big as Microsoft ever was. It will get interesting.

Keep an eye on Apple as well. Another company with almost unlimited reserves of cash...

15 posted on 12/29/2013 5:48:24 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: nascarnation

Leftists are not stupid, they are evil.


16 posted on 12/29/2013 5:49:19 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: SamAdams76

Advertising was the cash cow that fueled everything else but they now have several business units that stand on their own financially. The day is rapidly approaching where they will not need the ad revenue anymore.

People were afraid of the power that Microsoft obtained in the 1990s. Google will soon be ten times as big as Microsoft ever was. It will get interesting.

Keep an eye on Apple as well. Another company with almost unlimited reserves of cash...
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Some financial experts say that google and fb have been taking government monies for information and access, that in a sense both are arms of the governments.


17 posted on 12/29/2013 5:51:27 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: SamAdams76
They've mapped and photographed virtually every crevice of the Earth..

I have a crevice they haven't mapped - and never will. ;-)

18 posted on 12/29/2013 5:51:35 PM PST by TomServo
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To: TomServo
I have a crevice they haven't mapped - and never will. ;-)

That's what you think!

19 posted on 12/29/2013 5:55:29 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: nascarnation
Liberals are stupid...but they can still be dangerous.

The point is that we must know our enemies in great detail.

The better we know them, the better we can defeat them.!

20 posted on 12/29/2013 5:57:32 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: SamAdams76

I’ll step out next time and bare it for ‘em.


21 posted on 12/29/2013 5:59:20 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Dallas59

I think in the past couple of years cleared about $100 in youtube ads but most of what I do goes to stock video agencies. Sometimes I put some things together and send it up to youtube.

Congratulations on the $299.


22 posted on 12/29/2013 5:59:54 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: nascarnation

Anything that Gargoyle considers a success I consider a concern. I view them as my mortal enemies.


23 posted on 12/29/2013 6:00:57 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: SamAdams76

The videos of these things creep me out!


24 posted on 12/29/2013 6:08:26 PM PST by Baynative (Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.)
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To: Chickensoup

The govt was paying for fuel for the google jet


25 posted on 12/29/2013 6:10:54 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BenLurkin

Ah yes, Red Planet. AMEE if I recall correctly.


26 posted on 12/29/2013 6:12:21 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: driftdiver

Some financial analysts say that the Fb and Google financial models did not support their level of spending and growth and that only through back door government support did the growth happen.


27 posted on 12/29/2013 6:14:24 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: SamAdams76

A person would be wise to look into investing in automation/robotics. It is the wave of the future.


28 posted on 12/29/2013 6:17:00 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Chickensoup

I would not doubt it. Ideal tools for a police state


29 posted on 12/29/2013 6:19:09 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SamAdams76

They have to do something with their money.
Like all rich people, they have to invest it (don’t let the voters know this or the media will fall on you like a ton of bricks).
They are investing their capital wisely in risky ‘high-reward’ investments.

The government should have long ago forced competition upon them IMO, but I’m glad to see capitalism at work.
This author trying to scare people is a sad example of the kind of sheep we are educating these days.


30 posted on 12/29/2013 6:21:46 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: wally_bert

Thanks and congrats to you too. Pulling in 1.44 every week.


31 posted on 12/29/2013 6:24:21 PM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I can't find the article but I recently read that if computing power advances at the same rate it has for the past 30 years, computer intelligence and human intelligence will merge around the year 2045. Many of us will still be alive then. That should prove to be very interesting.

At any rate, if I was a young man entering college this year, I would definitely choose engineering/robotics as my field of study. Within the next 10-15 years, I expect that robots will perform most of the manufacturing. That's why I'm not as concerned about others about manufacturing jobs going overseas. It's only a matter of time before those overseas people lose their jobs as well.

Robots will work for free 24/7. No human can possibly compete with that.

32 posted on 12/29/2013 6:29:57 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Gen.Blather
They’re trying to build Cyberdyne Systems...

Or Maybe Yoyodyne..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Buckaroo_Banzai_Across_the_8th_Dimension

33 posted on 12/29/2013 6:35:51 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: mrsmith
Google has invested in three huge barges off both coasts so they are doing well but just what those barges are really for is still a mystery. Maybe a robotic T-Rex is born there or another Jurassic Park on the sea.
34 posted on 12/29/2013 6:39:39 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: SamAdams76
So, they buy up every robot company with anything that interests the government. Then, continue to develop until all of their robots are in major positions in defense. Once you are well entrenched in the military and other defense department groups, just start twisting the wrench. Google could demand whatever they want from the government. It would be hard to reverse the robot decisions then.

The government should just avoid doing business with Google. But, alas, I believe that ship sailed long ago.
35 posted on 12/29/2013 6:41:53 PM PST by phalynx
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To: mrsmith

I’ve known practically forever that google is a very left wing/communist operation, and never use it as a search engine.

I’ve had good luck with GoodSearch.com, and the really nice thing about it is that when you first use it, you are asked to select a “charity”...and each time you use it to do a search, they donate a few pennies to your “charity”.

You can choose FR as your charity.....You’d be surprised how quickly it adds up, especially if a lot of Freepers would start using it.


36 posted on 12/29/2013 6:49:49 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: phalynx

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, is right on schedule—2029 reverse engineering of human brain will be completed, and in 2049, Ray downloads himself into a robot — eternal life, materialist version!


37 posted on 12/29/2013 6:55:08 PM PST by qwertyz
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To: Gen.Blather

“This is the police! You are under arrest....”


38 posted on 12/29/2013 6:56:33 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Gen.Blather

“This is the police! You are under arrest....”


39 posted on 12/29/2013 6:57:37 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Dallas59

Link?

And what’s that on your home page?

America the Beautiful?


40 posted on 12/29/2013 7:01:16 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nascarnation

Not all liberals are not stupid. However, all liberals are depraved & immoral.


41 posted on 12/29/2013 7:01:50 PM PST by indcons (Lurker mode mostly)
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To: servantboy777

For now, land based robots will be pack mules....

Less men in the field or more arms depending on the mission


42 posted on 12/29/2013 7:03:07 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nascarnation

God hasn’t been dethroned and never will be. Be aware yes. Be anxious no.

In the meantime whatever of Google can be used to the good, should be. I am not sure I grasp the harm in a bunch of rich men’s play toys used for amusement. Play doesn’t have to be evil. It can reflect God’s glory through us, just for the sake of the wonder (and a considerable amount of that glory has been expressed in what we call high tech). Let’s have entire circuses of these mech-beasts, as far as I’m concerned.

We should not fear technology. It is a wonderful blessing. We should shun its use for degraded purposes, and that is not a technology problem. That is a people (and devil) problem.


43 posted on 12/29/2013 7:09:52 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: indcons

I would like to point out that much, perhaps most, of liberalism is Christian ethics sans the Christ. It is religion gone bad, and that’s why formerly religious America has seen such a special breed of it.


44 posted on 12/29/2013 7:11:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: mrsmith

Robotics is the system of tools that will enable the industrialization of space and extraction of planetary resources throughout the solar system.


45 posted on 12/30/2013 3:17:23 PM PST by Ozark Tom
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