They can even outrun Usain Bolt, are artificially intelligent, and made up of compounds far stronger than a human body. These are the robots that a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) funded company, Boston Dynamics, used to manufacture before it was acquired by Google. Yes, Google! A company that knows your current location and personality traits based on detailed information it has stored on you. So the question is, what the heck is going on inside Googleplex HQ!?
Buying one company that manufactures robots can be understandable. But over the course of the past year, Google has acquired not one, not two, but eight companies that develop artificially intelligent robots. Acquisition of such large-scale indicates that Google has a clear-cut vision of what it wants to do with those robots and now that it owns these companies, it’s in the process of making its vision, a reality. But how does Google’s mission statement
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
concurs with its new adventure? Nothing can be said with certainty at this time as the project is pretty secretive. This project includes DI-Guy, the other part of Boston Dynamics’ business:
The company also develops tools for human simulation. DI-Guy is a human simulation product used for simulation-based training, UAV training, law-enforcement training, mission-planning and many other applications. DI-Guy has become the defacto standard for human simulation as used in military applications; it is used by leading organizations world-wide, including all branches of the US Armed Forces. Digital Bio-mechanics is a physics-based human simulation product used to design and evaluate equipment used on the human body, such as backpacks, helmets, body armor and the like.
Whatever it is, it has military applications and Google is on it for almost a year now. During that time, Google has shifted its Android Chief, Andy Rubin, to the robotics division. Only time can tell what Google is up to these days.