Google Buys Robotics Maker

John Markoff, reporting for the NYT:

Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.

This, from the company whose chairman is spooked by Amazon’s drone-delivery proposal.

Saturday, 14 December 2013