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Google buys Boston Dynamics - Googlebot gets life?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jeffin, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    Apparently some of these humanoid robots created by Boston Dynamics have strong limbs and have great balance just like humans and can outrun us. I like advancements in technology but Google with all our information and now with robotic capabilities... What would the future be like? :notworthy:
  2. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

  3. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    This seems to be compatible with projects like Google driverless car, recorded future & Google glass.
    I wonder how the combination of Google's military robots and Google-NSA joint venture of global people profiling will pan out.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
  4. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    :confused: I don't understand- any company the persues robotics is evil? Nothing in that article gave me any reason to think Google is "evil."
  5. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Extremely privacy pervasive, knowing more about people than the people themselves, building killing machines and having a large influence on governments. That together can be perceived as evil by people. I don't think that sentiment is hard to understand.
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  6. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    "killing machines" makes me think of the the bad guy from Robocop being released on cities killing civilians for sport.

    What they are making are better described as "tools" for the military to protect the lives of soliders.

    I'm not sure where the influence on goverment comes from besides any large company's influence via the existing political system. The only companies that don't infuence goverment are those who can't afford to.
  7. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

  8. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    That's a fairly big leap, but makes for great headlines.

    Nearly all the technology in front of you right now (e.g., your computer, GPS, Onion routing, Internet) came from military programs paid for by the U.S. taxpayer. Google itself was initially funded via a DARPA grant. It's called public investment for private profit.

    It may be a little easier to see the parallels between a robot and a war machine, but the applications for such technology are quite varied.

    Disclaimer: I'm a Googler.
  9. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    You can describe most military equipment as such. Including guns.

    Pretty much any supplier of exclusive goods has influence over its customer. Being a partner generally gives a form of influence. Having the eight largest lobbying budget in the USA, Google spends more than Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook combined. Such massive lobbying venture indicates significant influence on government policy.
    That's not to say that Google itself is not under severe influence of the government. But it does seem to be a two way street.

    Sure, nothing new there. It does not change the sentiment that Google is expanding its capabilities and thereby influence across so many fields including intelligence and military that it makes people uneasy with that.

    The application of the robots by Boston Dynamics are indeed quite varied, but their research does not exclude offense applications.
  10. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

  11. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
  12. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    Props for the sinister background audio, but not sure what this video has to do with the statement that was quoted out of context?

    Perhaps it's just too early in the morning here.
  13. Eoj Nawoh

    Eoj Nawoh Active Member

    I welcome our new Google Overloads.
  14. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

  15. Sadik B

    Sadik B Well-Known Member

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